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Office for Communications Data Authorisations - Chief Authorising Officer

Contract Type
Public Sector
Birmingham and North West
Salary: £35,114 - £40,380 + c.18% AHA
Expiry Date
We are recruiting for a Chief Authorising Officer to join the Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA).

Job Description


Communications data (CD) is the 'who', 'where', 'when', 'how' and 'with whom' of a communication, but not what was written or said, and includes information such as the person subscribing to a telephone service. 

Having access to CD is an essential tool for public authorities to investigate crime, protect vulnerable people and safeguard the public. CD is used in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecutions, and has been used in every major counter-terrorism investigation over the past decade. 

The new Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) will be responsible for ensuring that applications for access to communications data by authorities in the UK are assessed independently, rigorously and in line with newly strengthened legislation. OCDA will begin operations in 2019 and we are now recruiting for Chief Authorising Officers to join the team. 

What are we looking for? 

We are looking for highly motivated leaders with strong communication skills to effectively lead large teams in achieving and delivering operational excellence. With a thorough understanding of relevant communications data legislation, you will be responsible for the oversight and management of the OCDA operational teams across a number of locations. 

Your teams will examine information on a case-by-case basis to make considered, timely and objective decisions based on the facts available. These decisions will be vital as communications data supports or disproves alibis and identifies any links that may exist between suspects and a crime. Sometimes it is the only way to identify offenders, particularly where offences are committed online, such as child sexual exploitation or fraud. Due to the sensitive nature of the material, it will be your responsibility to ensure appropriate safeguards are maintained. 

What are my responsibilities? 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will have overall responsibility for the operational teams across OCDA on a daily basis; defining their performance measures and being accountable for ensuring these measures are met. 

Your teams of Authorising Officers will assess the necessity and proportionality of communications data (CD) applications from Public Authorities across the UK and make decisions to authorise or, in some cases, decline or return applications. There may be occasions when you, yourself, have to review and authorise these applications. You will oversee the resource management of the teams, respond to priority changes and demands appropriately and cascade these changes throughout the teams. 

Please note the role has the potential to change slightly over time as the organisation evolves. 

OCDA will operate over a number of offices in the UK, so there will be an expectation to travel between sites. 

For full information on job description and person specification please refer to the Candidate Information Pack. 

Qualifications and Experience 


• Managing large operational teams, driving and motivating individuals and dealing with complex or challenging operational and staffing issues; 
• Liaising with stakeholders at all levels; 
• The ability to work within relevant legislation (such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act or the Investigatory Powers Act) in, or with, public authorities or in a law enforcement environment. 


• Experience of managing and implementing change projects; 
• Reviewing, improving and implementing processes and procedures. 

Closing date: 24th June 2018.