The ICO is looking for enthusiastic and high performing individuals for our newly created Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate. We have vacancies for a number of roles at varying levels – roles that will help us shape how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public. Join the ICO at this exciting time as the regulatory environment is undergoing the biggest change in the last twenty years.

About us

As an independent body serving the public, the ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it’s of national importance and increasingly in the public eye.  We are at the forefront of policy, guidance, direct advice to the public, and enforcement of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors.

Our Technology Policy Department is the centre of technological expertise. It monitors and evaluates current and emerging technologies, assessing their impact on information rights, developing the ICO’s response and working with colleagues to develop technical underpinning to the ICO’s regulatory activities. The Innovation Department is responsible for key areas of the ICO’s work on the information rights issues and benefits arising from novel uses of personal data. It engages with government, other regulators, business, stakeholders involved in the internet economy and leading academics, supporting or guiding innovators to develop new products and services involving personal data.

Across the directorate our activities can range from producing in-depth research and policy documents and briefings, providing advice to organisations or other regulators, to being a primary contact for significant stakeholders.

Read a blog from Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy, on advancing the adtech debate from a data protection perspective.

About you

The requirements for each role will vary so please consult the specific job description and person specification below before you apply. We are looking for people who are reliable and professional with excellent analytical and communication skills and an innovative mind-set. You will have strong technical knowledge, good research skills and the ability to apply your developing knowledge to new and emerging technologies in order to understand their impact on information rights. In return, we can offer you excellent staff benefits, a supportive working environment and the opportunity to be genuinely involved in shaping the way emerging technologies and the Internet impact on the lives of the UK public

The ICO is committed to equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Current vacancies - Innovation department

Principal Policy Adviser

Principal Policy Advisers (PPA) are central to the delivery of the Information Commissioner’s vision, set out in the Information Rights Strategic Plan. PPAs act as a flexible policy resource leading key high profile policy delivery projects across a range of cross cutting information rights issues. The post holder for this role will sit within the Internet Economy Team and will provide key expertise in relation to online harms and internet safety regulation.

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Senior Policy Officer

Senior Policy Officers (SPO) take responsibility for complex policy outputs. These can vary across the department from undertaking in-depth research and policy development and providing advice to organisations or other regulators, to being a primary source of contact for significant stakeholders, often at a senior level. We are looking to recruit a number of SPOs across three of our teams within the Innovation department; Strategic Policy Projects, Data Protection Impact Assessments and Internet Economy.

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Lead Policy Officer

Lead Policy Officers (LPO) have responsibility for policy outputs within the remit of their team, being a point of contact for stakeholders, providing policy advice and working with colleagues across the organisation to achieve ICO corporate aims and objectives. We are currently recruiting a LPO in the Internet Economy Team, the post holder will be responsible for providing the Group Manager and Senior Policy Officers with support in managing the ICO’s stakeholder engagement with large companies whose business is based in the digital or internet economy.

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Current vacancies – Technology Policy

Principal Technology Adviser

Principal Technology Advisers (PTA) provide key expertise on technology-related activities undertaken to ensure the ICO’s understanding of current and developing information, communications and security technologies, and the impact they have or are likely to have on information rights. They are recognised experts in at least one area (e.g. cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, etc.) and will regularly provide their advice and expertise in briefings, give internal advice to other departments, assist with training and write external guidance where technology has a substantial influence etc.

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Senior Technology Officer

Senior Technology Officers (STO) provide key expertise on technology-related activities undertaken to enhance the ICO’s understanding of current and developing information, communications and security technologies and the impact they have on information rights. The post holder will make a significant contribution to the development and promotion of ICO’s responses to those technologies, with the goal of ensuring that information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements.

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Lead Technology Officer

The Lead Technology Officer (LTO) provides key expertise on technology-related activities to ensure the ICO’s understanding of current and developing information, communications and security technologies and the impact they have or are likely to have on information rights. The post holder will contribute to the development and promotion of ICO’s responses to these technologies, with the goal of ensuring that information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements, and will help co-ordinate the activities of the wider Technology Policy Department.

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Benefits

We are 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:

  • 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.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.