SK9, Wilmslow
£29,024 - £32,879 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Flexible location: The role will be contracted to Wilmslow however, there is scope for some time to be worked from home subject to business needs.
Salary: It is expected that candidates will start on the entry rate for the role.

Technology is driving fundamental changes to our society, driven by the critical role personal data is playing in our digital lives. What role could you play in influencing the way we support innovation and technological change while also protecting privacy and information rights?  

About us 

As an independent body serving the public, the work of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is interesting and immensely rewarding.? We uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.  

In the last year we have been involved with prominent issues ranging from addressing the use of intrusive technology in our personal lives, to the privacy implications of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work has never been so important or high profile. 

The ICO’s Technology and Innovation directorate deals with some of the most complex privacy, data rights, data protection and emerging technology issues that society faces. The aim of the group is to make sure the ICO can assess and respond to these developments, and most importantly, to shape the future privacy, data and technology landscape.

We have vacancies for several positions across the directorate – roles that will help us shape how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public. For more information, please look at our  Technology and Innovation opportunities page.

About the Role 

As Lead Technology Officer, you will make a significant contribution to the development and promotion of ICO’s responses to emerging technologies, with the goal of ensuring that information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. In particular you will provide technical input to help research, monitor and investigate emerging technologies and information security risks, assessing their potential impact on information rights.

You will  provide technology policy advice, guidance and support to ICO investigations, audits and other supervisory activities, collaborating with colleagues from other business units in a joined-up approach to ensure a common understanding of technology issues.   

More generally, you will also help address the real world needs of colleagues in relation to a broad spectrum of emerging technology related issues they are grappling with.

You will contribute to the development of ICO’s responses to these technologies, with the goal of ensuring that information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. 

About you 

For this exciting new role, you will need around two years’ experience in an information and communications technology or computing role at a graduate level (such as Artificial Intelligence, research, development, testing, network security, network architecture, software or system administration or IT security).  

You will have up to date knowledge of current trends and practices relating to the use of information, communications and information security technologies. You will be naturally inquisitive, able to research emerging technologies and information security risks to assess their potential impact on information rights. Distilling this analysis, you will need effective communication skills to explain these issues to non-technical audiences.  

You will have a demonstrable passion for emerging technologies and the impact they have on society. This focus will ensure that the benefits from innovative technologies can be realised in ways that empower citizens’ rights, whilst addressing any harms.  

How to apply

To apply for this Lead Technology Officer post please visit the ICO website for details on how to submit your CV and covering letter. Please ensure that your covering letter is no more than 2 pages. We also ask that you do not include any personal information (eg name, address) within your CV or cover letter, as these will be entered via a separate form.

In addition to considering your past experience, we will be shortlisting against three core competencies. They are:

  • 2 years’ experience in an information and communications technology or computing role,
  • A demonstrable interest in technical developments and awareness of emerging threats, and
  • Good verbal communication and presentation skills, including the ability to explain technical matters to a non-technical audience.

Closing date: 12pm (midday) Wednesday 1 December 2021


Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office? 

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package including

  • a generous leave allowance,
  • civil service pension arrangements,
  • flexi time 
  • flexible working arrangements such as compressed hours
  • staff medicals

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks.


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Posted on: 17 November 2021
Closed date: 01 December 2021
Job ref: NOV20218486
Tags: Policy/Research

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