The following vacancies are currently available:

Lead Technical Investigations Officer

Based in Wilmslow (near Manchester), Cheshire
Starting salary £24,646 plus pension and excellent benefits
Post Ref: LTIO-0617

About the role

The development of new technologies and practices in recent years has led to increasing amounts of personal data being stored in digital form. At the same time, cyber security incidents and technology-related failings have risen significantly and the need for organisations to apply robust data protection measures has never been more important.

The ICO is recruiting a number of technical specialists to investigate the rising numbers of information security breaches. You will therefore need to have demonstrable IT, computing and security skills and expertise in order to assess the technical description of events provided by data controllers and investigate where they may have failed in order to make correct recommendations for possible enforcement action. You will need up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of IT systems and computing fundamentals.

You’ll also share your expertise with non-technical experts across the Enforcement department, including in live data incidents, and will need to be able to explain complex technical subjects clearly and understandably. In addition, you’ll identify trends and emerging information security risks that may impact on information rights.

The Lead Technical Investigations Officer will work within the Civil Investigations team in the Enforcement department. The team is responsible for investigating serious breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and for taking regulatory action where appropriate, which can include the service of Civil Monetary Penalties of up to £500,000.

About you

As well as a degree, equivalent qualification or relevant work experience, you’ll need to be an excellent communicator. Your judgement, intellect and initiative will give you the ability to handle your casework autonomously and confidently. You will also need a good understanding of information security and experience of conducting investigations, as well as a passion for ensuring that organisations are keeping pace with technological advancements.

Why work here? 

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave
  • Civil Service Pension Arrangements
  • 25 days’ paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days
  • Extra “privilege” days in addition to normal public holidays
  • Compressed working-hours options
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Health cash plan
  • Colleague assistance scheme
  • Access to many discounted products and services
  • Welfare and family friendly policies
  • Childcare voucher scheme.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing

Closing date: 9am, Monday 10 July 2017 

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Head of Business Development and IT

Based in Wilmslow (near Manchester), Cheshire
Salary - £48,802

This is an exciting time of change for the ICO, the role of Head of Business Development and IT offers you the opportunity to help shape the future of our organisation at a critical time of growth. 

Who we are and what we do

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is an independent public body; we uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. We educate organisations, promote good practice and are involved with important issues from intrusive technology, nuisance calls/texts to the increasing use of Big Data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

We operate across the United Kingdom but have an international impact. For example, we work with data protection authorities across the world to share information and best practice as well as conduct joint investigations and enforcement actions

We are also a regulator with tangible powers to help protect consumers. During the past year we were able to issue fines totalling more than £2 million around nuisance marketing calls and offered expert advice to many parliamentary committees.

Our work has never been so important as the UK implements the General Data Protection Regulation, e-Privacy Regulation and Law Enforcement Directive.

The role

This is an exciting and varied role offering an opportunity to an exceptional candidate to lead the ICO’s Business Development and IT Department. You will have exemplary people skills and be an inspirational leader and champion of continuous improvement across the ICO.

Your aim will be to develop and implement strategies and plans which continue to embed technology as an enabler of agility and productivity for our growing workforce. You will possess the curiosity, enthusiasm and ambition to embrace and promote new ways of working which will underpin the ICO’s reputation as a tech savvy regulator. 

You will have a crucial role in overseeing the provision of a range of services which together ensure all ICO staff and public services are supported in their work by secure, modern and fit for purpose information and communications technology.


We are really proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy:

  • Civil service pension scheme
  • Colleague Assistance Programme
  • Generous leave entitlement
  • Extra 'privilege' days in addition to normal public holidays
  • Flexible working
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Health cash plan
  • Health assessment
  • Free eye tests
  • Discounted optical care
  • Financial and legal advice (mortgages and life assurance)
  • Access to many discounted products and services, such as travel, health and pet insurance, days out, shop discounts and electrical products 

Closing Date for applications is midnight Sunday 9 July 2017. Interviews for this role will be held on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

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Team Manager

One full-time position and one temporary position (lasting at least six months) have become available in our Assurance department.

Based in Wilmslow (near Manchester), Cheshire
Starting salary £31,233 plus pension and excellent benefits
Post ref: TMA-0617

About us

We are an independent public body and the national regulator of information rights, including Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Privacy and Electronic Communications. We uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. We educate organisations, promote good practice and are involved in important issues from nuisance calls/texts to the use of surveillance cameras.  As well as this, we oversee legislation that ensures people’s data is secure, accurate and robustly managed.

About the role

The ICO’s Assurance Department helps organisations manage personal information properly. Our work focuses on helping implement appropriate and effective controls in relation to their information rights obligations. Our approach utilises powers of audit and assessment, voluntary engagement and promotion of good information rights practice.

As well as a programme of audits, the department delivers advisory visits, workshops, self-assessment tools and works with other ICO departments and external stakeholders to promote good information practices. We are constantly evolving our approach and looking for new and innovative ways to help organisations achieve compliance.

The post holder will line manage a team of Lead Auditors monitoring their performance, supporting their development and ensuring they are utilised effectively. You will work closely with the Lead Auditors, to deliver professional and proactive audit and advisory services but also have the ability to work on independent projects. Work is expected to be co-ordinated across teams and departments to proactively seek opportunities to engage with stakeholders within the information handling field. You will liaise clearly and confidently with all internal and external stakeholders.

You will be one of a number of Team Managers, working and reporting to a Group Manager responsible for the development, as well as the effective and efficient delivery, of services within their group and across the department.

About you

You will have relevant experience in a compliance assessment setting, including the practical application of complex legislation and experience of managing and developing staff.

You will have strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate at all levels, internally and externally and in particular will have excellent written communication skills.

Ideally, you will have experience in constructively influencing change in outside organisations. You will need to be able to develop and manage staff and juggle competing priorities, working under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Why work here?

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
  • Civil Service Pension Arrangements.
  • 25 days’ paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
  • Extra “privilege” days in addition to normal public holidays.
  • Compressed working-hours options.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Colleague assistance scheme.
  • Access to many discounted products and services.
  • Welfare and family friendly policies.
  • Childcare voucher scheme.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 2 July 2017.
Interviews: TBC.

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