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Data Protection Officer Director

Contract Type
IT, Public Sector
The salary for this post is set within the Senior Civil Service (SCS) Payband 1 range.
Expiry Date
HM Revenue & Customs has one of the largest data estates in the UK and this CDIO role will ensure that the highest levels of safeguarding of all this data are upheld and maintained

Job Description

HM Revenue & Customs has one of the largest data estates in the UK and this CDIO role will ensure that the highest levels of safeguarding of all this data are upheld and maintained.?In response to the EU legislation regarding General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has proposed that GDPR should be implemented into UK Law to replace the Data Protection Act in order that data privacy regulations are harmonised across the EU by May 2018.

These regulations are mandatory and build on / enhance the existing provisions of the DPA and also introduce some additional requirements on all owners and processors of personal data in the UK.

HMRC will be appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to be HMRC’s representative for all interaction with the regulator (the Information Commissioner’s Office ICO). The DPO will report directly into the Executive Committee to provide assurance on HMRC’s implementation of and compliance to GDPR.


The Data Protection Officer’s role covers:

  • Data governance strategy, data quality & data protection for HMRC
  • provide alignment and coverage across the wider organisation on GDPR activity
  • delivering GDPR advice, leadership, and recommendations for operational solutions, including sustainability, auditability,
  • measurement, metrics and reporting
  • manage all aspects of GDPR across HMRC, including ?resource requirements, implementation of best practices, procedures, tools, checklists, monitoring, metrics and reporting
  •  working with ExCom to provide the vision and understanding on HMRC’s GDPR compliance risk, in line with ExCom’s accountability for data protection,
  • ensuring GDPR accountability for all the operational teams across HMRC,
  • acting as the executive on the GDPR Project Board, and directing the programme of work created by the Project,
  • enabling the transition to a BAU capability



All of our Deputy Directors are members of the Department’s senior leadership team and are expected to play an active role in the on- going corporate management and development of the organisation. We expect all of our senior leaders in the Civil Service to be:

  • Inspiring – about our work and its future
  • Confident – in our engagement with others
  • Empowering – to allow our teams to deliver


Person Specification

  • Relevant skills and experiences include (but not limited to):
  • expertise in national and European data protection laws and practices, including an in-depth understanding of the GDPR,
  • understanding of the processing operations carried out,
  •  understanding of information technologies and data security,
  • knowledge of the business sector and the organisation,
  • ability to promote a data protection culture within the ?organisation



The employer makes a significant contribution to the cost of your ?pension

Childcare - the Department recognises that many staff balance working lives with the demands of a family life and offers support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria

Full time new entrants to the Civil Service and those Civil Servants on modernised terms and conditions will be entitled to 25 days leave increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service.

In addition to this you are entitled to 8 public/bank holidays plus an additional day for the Queen’s Birthday. The allowance is pro-rated for part-time staff.

With competitive maternity, paternity and parental leave we also recognise the importance of a good work-life balance and offer flexible working and a family friendly approach to work.