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General Data Protection Officer

Contract Type
IT, Public Sector
£50,866 (national) £54,755 (Croydon)
Expiry Date
HM Land Registry is seeking a knowledgeable data protection officer to lead the continued protection of personal data within a transforming organisation.

Job Description

As our General Data Protection Officer, you will be at the cutting edge of overseeing and directing all data protection and related information management activities. You will use your knowledge and expertise to ensure the proper handling of personal information to comply with data protection legislation. 

You will provide leadership in raising the profile of data compliance across HM Land Registry, represent us at cross-government meetings and oversee the management of personal information, including the creation, review and updating of effective policies and procedures across existing services and future transformational activities. 

The person: 
We are looking for someone who has existing knowledge of current data protection legislation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and associated codes of practice. A confident communicator, you will build strong working relationships with senior staff, influencing and persuading key stakeholders in relation to data protection risks, mitigations and recommendations. Previous practical experience of data protection work and strong organisational skills are essential for this role. 

The place: 
Our office locations span the length and breadth of England and Wales. With coastal, countryside and city centre locations, you will enjoy a wide range of excellent facilities and transport links on your doorstep, no matter where you are based. 

About us: 
HM Land Registry is committed to becoming the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data, and aiming to achieve comprehensive registration by 2030. We are a government department created in 1862 to register land and property ownership in England and Wales. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for more than 85% of the land mass of England and Wales and safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. 

Further information can be found in the candidate pack at the bottom of the page 



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.


Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.


Selection process details

At shortlisting stage your application will be considered against the examples and evidence demonstrating the essential criteria for the role. These criteria, the desirable criteria and the competencies may all be tested at later stages during the selection process. 

Stage 1 - please fully complete your CV and personal statement. These should demonstrate the essential criteria set out on the job description. 

Stage 2 - if shortlisted, you will then be invited to attend the interview, and asked to prepare and deliver a presentation. The topic will be provided on the interview day. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.



Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information on this role, please contact

For further information on the recruitment process please contact 


Sift/interview dates and location

To be confirmed. 
The sift will take place shortly after the closing date 
The interviews and prepare on the day presentation are likely to take place during w/c 12 March, however this date is provisional only and we will confirm the exact date with successful candidates shortly after the sift. 


Further information

Candidates should ensure they read the attached guidance document fully before submitting an application. At shortlisting stage your application will be considered against the examples and evidence demonstrating the essential criteria for the role listed on the Job Description attached.