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Assistant Data Protection Officer

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    £11.74 - £12.33 per hour

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  • Published:

    4 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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Our client is seeking a Assistant Data Protection Officer on an initial 3 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours:

37 Hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate:

£11.74 p/h

Job purpose:

To provide advice and guidance across the organisation on all aspects of the Data Protection Act 1998. Responsibilities include receiving, assessing and responding to requests made to the organisation under Data Protection legislation and upholding information rights practice, including complaints relating to the way personal data is handled. Ensure that these requests are handled in accordance with the relevant legislation, with appropriate consideration of risks to the organisation and individuals and to provide an excellent customer experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice and guidance in relation to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to ensure compliance with the legislation. Advising senior managers in the organisation on the Council's obligations under Data Protection legislation and monitor compliance with it. Advise the public on their rights within the legislation to enable the public to exercise their rights and for the Council to provide an excellent customer experience.
  • Responsible for undertaking corporate responses to requests for information and complaints in accordance with the DPA to ensure statutory timescales are met and an excellent customer service. This involves handling highly confidential and sensitive information. This also includes the management of payments and taking decisions to waive the fee in certain circumstances. Providing support and guidance to Compliance & Customer Relations staff in handling requests for information, including subject access requests and requests for disclosure. Co-ordination of responses to escalated data protection complaints, including requests from the Information Commissioner's Office. Whilst ensuring that the case management system, ICasework, is kept up to date and accurate.
  • Provide information, support and advice across the organisation on all aspects of information governance, including information security, data sharing, records management, best practice and timescales. Ensuring compliance with current policies and procedures relating to Data Protection legislation and assist in undertaking associated reviews. OFFICIAL October 2017.
  • Maintain the Council's and Members' notification to the Information Commissioner's Office of new registrations, annual renewals, amendments and cancellations and managing the associated payments. Keep abreast of changes and developments to legislation and relevant case law and updates from the Information Commissioner's Office to ensure that the Council continually learns from and seeks opportunities to implement best practice.
  • Attend the Council's Information Governance Group, which provides a framework to ensure that information is dealt with securely, legally, efficiently and effectively, advising on data protection obligations and the assessment of risks associated with data processing in order to minimise information breaches.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations undertaking tasks allocated by the Data Protection Officer.
  • Compile quantitative and qualitative data on numbers of data protection requests received and responded to, numbers of breaches reported, including compliance with statutory timescales, for inclusion in reports to senior management teams and Audit and Governance Committee. The job holder may be required at any time to undertake any work up to and/or at a level consistent with existing responsibilities. These tasks may be at any location in Cheshire East, to ensure the effective deployment of labour, materials, transport and equipment to meet daily service requirements.

Skills and Experience:

  • Extensive experience of working in data protection and information management, interpreting complex legislation and providing advice and guidance accordingly.
  • Report writing.
  • Developed advisory, guiding, influencing, persuasive and negotiation skills Good verbal and written communication skills Good ICT skills - proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.), or equivalent, and databases etc.
  • Analytical, research and problem solving - proven ability to accurately interpret data protection, similar legislation across a range of circumstances.
  • Presentation and training skills.
  • Listening and "interviewing" skills - able to extract pertinent information from individuals in a patient and diplomatic manner.
  • Interpersonal skills - able to develop effective working relationships with individuals from a variety of professions and organisations, etc.


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