Belfast, Belfast
Charing Cross, Greater London
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
SK9, Wilmslow
£49,549 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Principal Policy Adviser, Domestic Regulatory Strategy Directorate 

£49,549 pa plus civil service pension scheme and excellent benefits 

LOCATION: Flexible   

The ICO is looking for a Principal Policy Adviser (PPA) to join its Domestic Regulatory Strategy Directorate (DRSD). The focus of the role is developing the ICO’s policy positions and strategic response to new and emerging issues. This will involve engaging with important and senior level stakeholders and developing associated products and reports to communicate our approach. You will need to get to the heart of some of the most complex issues we deal with at pace developing practical outcomes. This can involve taking significant decisions with far reaching effects. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively and draw on the expertise of others across the ICO. This is an exciting opportunity to help us shape how the future of digital regulation will impact and benefit the lives of the UK public.

About the ICO 

The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. 

The ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it is of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. We are at the forefront of information rights policy development, providing direct advice to the public, and enforcing 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. 

About you 

Your excellent analytical ability and clear and confident communication skills will be key. As a PPA you will prioritise competing issues and tasks in a varied workload. Your experience of leading projects to achieve change will stand you in good stead. Degree educated or equivalent, you will be self-motivated with a strong interest in strategic policy development. Knowledge of information rights laws is desirable but we also welcome applications from those who can demonstrate experience of applying similarly complex concepts with the ability to learn quickly. 

The ICO’s headquarters are based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, we have offices in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London and may be able to offer some flexibility of location.   

All postholders may be required to travel to engagements throughout the UK, and sometimes further afield. Therefore, your ability to travel and willingness to work outside of normal office hours on occasion is essential. 

How to apply 

Please visit to complete an online application form. 

Closing date: 23:59, 9 May 2021 


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Refreshed on: 23 May 2021
Closed date: 22 June 2021
Job ref: APR20212378
Tags: Policy/Research