Principal Technology Policy Adviser

£42,509 per annum + pension + benefits
06 Jun 2018
04 Jul 2018
IT, Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

We have an excellent opportunity for a Principal Technology Policy Adviser to join the team based in Wilmslow on a full time, permanent basis. You will receive a salary £42,509 per annum (pay award pending) plus pension and excellent benefits.

As an independent body serving the UK public, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) upholds information rights for all. We do this by promoting openness in public bodies, as well as data privacy for individuals.

Join our team

The ICO’s Technology Policy Department is a centre of technical expertise, responsible for monitoring and evaluating current and emerging technologies, assessing their impact on information rights and developing the ICO’s response. We develop technology-focussed advice and guidance for both UK organisations and citizens.

Working with colleagues from across the ICO, the department plays a vital role in the development of a technical underpinning to the ICO’s regulatory activities, including data protection, freedom of information and e-privacy.

The Principal Technology Policy Adviser role

This is a unique opportunity to continue to develop your strong technical knowledge, skills and experience, and enjoy plenty of variety in technology roles that make a difference. You will 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. You will enjoy substantial autonomy, often working directly with more senior colleagues.

The Principal Technology Policy Adviser is the recognised technology expert in at least one area of technology e.g. Cyber Security for the ICO and will regularly provide advice and expertise in briefings, give internal advice to other departments, assist with training and write external guidance/codes of practice where technology has substantial influence. You will undertake complex research projects and conduct external liaison at a senior level with stakeholders in the UK and overseas ensuring that strong relationships are built and maintained. Using information gleaned from technology research and monitoring activity, you will contribute to the development of ICO strategy and business plans.

Our ideal Principal Technology Policy Adviser will have the below skills and experience:

- A higher degree or relevant professional qualification, preferably in computer science or a related subject, or relevant work experience demonstrating equivalent postgraduate level ability.

- You will need to be able to demonstrate 2 years in employment following your higher degree (with experience in areas such as research, development, testing, network architecture, software or system administration or Cyber security).

- Ideally your work experience will have included a significant representational/ externally facing element.

- You must be a good communicator with colleagues and members of the public and able to explain complex technical matters in a simple and appropriate manner.

- Have good research and written skills and the ability to apply your knowledge to new and emerging technologies in order to understand their impact on information rights.

- You will also need a flexible approach, as the role will involve responding to tight deadlines as well as national/international travel and some overnight stays.

Closing date: Tuesday 19th June 2018

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

If you feel you have the skills and experience to become our Principal Technology Policy Adviser then please click ‘apply’ now.