Director for Information Risk Management and Assurance (Deputy SIRO)

Contract Type
Change Management, Management, Project Management, Risk
£100,000 pa
Expiry Date
The significance of the use of information, analysis and insight has been made abundantly apparent in a pandemic response which has been data-driven.

Job Description

Building and maintaining the public’s trust in how data and information are used, is essential to our policy-making. We are looking for a highly-skilled professional with demonstrable experience and knowledge in data protection, information risk management and assurance. In delivering on this considerable challenge, you will be able to demonstrate sensitivity to the public sector context and regulatory landscape.

This role is pivotal to enabling the Department to realise our ambitions in making the best possible use of data and information, for public good. This includes supporting cross government   collaboration and working with a range of teams comprising civil servants and diverse partners. In joining the senior leadership of DHSC, you will champion a progressive culture of information management across DHSC and its Executive agencies. Your work to define and embed the information risk framework will help us enable bold policy to be developed on behalf of our citizens - with respect for privacy and security built in.

The role is a critical one. You will have a key leadership role for a new DHSC Directorate, comprised of 4 Deputy Director-led teams, across three locations - London, Leeds and Burnley. The Director for Information Risk Management is a demanding but rewarding position providing a real opportunity to shape and mature DHSC’s strategy and delivery capability across these areas.

Operating as Deputy Senior Information Risk Owner (DSIRO) at this critical time, this role is pivotal to providing assurance to the Senior Information Risk Owner and the Department’s Executive Committee that information risk is being appropriately considered and managed. The goal is to allow the business to function using innovation at its heart whilst still proving a safe business model.

DHSC is committed to promoting representation amongst under-represented groups, and has produced a strategy aimed at driving diversity and inclusion (D&I) within the organisation. Whilst this role will require strong leadership and a passion for driving change and improvement, the Department will fully value and support you regardless of your background. An important part of our D&I strategy is to further increase staff presence outside of London. In addition to technical knowledge and policy skills, we are looking for exceptionally strong leadership. As the holder of one of the most senior DHSC roles based outside London, you will be expected to play a leading and visible role in championing the Department’s workplace and regional plans, and in particular, providing location-based leadership to our staff based in Leeds and other locations in the North of England.