Acting Data Protection Officer

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Location: WFH while C-19 restrictions are in place (otherwise, Durrington, West Sussex)Hours: Full time (37hrs, Monday-Friday)Positions: 1Contract: FTC – 12 monthsSalary: Up to £57,628 p/a, subject to experience + benefits High quality information is central to the success of Southern Water and requires an approach to information management and technology that is reliable, innovative and flexible. For example, our Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach is industry leading and will deliver considerable efficiencies in the construction and maintenance of our infrastructure. We are currently looking for an acting Data Protection Officer who will be supporting the DPO in all aspects of information law compliance at Southern Water, reporting directly to the Lead Audit Internal Manager. Alongside the DPO, you will work closely with colleagues across the wider business to ensure that Southern Water handles information in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act (DPA), Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and any related codes of practice and guidance. Your focus will be on supporting the DPO in making sure that the appropriate policy, risk, governance and compliance systems are in place at Southern Water and its suppliers. If you are passionate about Data Protection as well as Continuous Professional Development within the industry – please get in touch. To succeed in this role, we would like you to possess at least 5 of the following: • ISEB in Data Protection preferably at Practitioner level. • Significant work experience of performing a similar role, ideally with exposure to customer services organisations.• Working knowledge of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts, Environmental • Experience of managing an information incident and breach management processes.• Experience demonstrated in training staff at all levels of an organisation. • Working knowledge of information management good practice and of ISO27001:2013.• ISEB for Freedom of Information (Foundation or Practitioner level).• Degree level (e.g. LLB/LLM in legal related subject, for example in information law, or equivalent where it can be evidenced by professional experience/development).• Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) training and/or experience of it within the private sector environment. • Knowledge and experience of Intellectual Property (IP) law (e.g. data handling, copyright). Your daily activities will include, but will not be limited to supporting the DPO in: • Providing Southern Water with day to day direction, guidance and authority on information law compliance and any similar aspects arising from relevant EU/UK legislation/ regulation, and where appropriate, to seek, obtain and utilise formal advice from the appropriate internal or external expert advisors.• Developing appropriate channels, management reporting and escalation processes between Southern Water’s CFO, Head of Data (HOD), Information Asset Owners (IAOs), as well as other internal and external stakeholders.• Working with Southern Water Communications and Legal teams to develop, deliver and maintain an internal training programme, guidance and advice for Southern Water on matters relating to Southern Water, DPA, EIR and FOIA for all staff. This should integrate with the IAO training lifecycle and ensure that IAOs and other employees are aware of their day to day responsibilities in regards to their information assets. • Working with the Legal/Procurement functions to ensure that information sharing with partners/suppliers is lawful and under appropriate information sharing agreements (or memorandum of understanding (MoU)).• Developing the incident and breach management processes (e.g. for personal data) and integrating with wider incident management processes of Southern Water and relevant regulatory authorities where appropriate. This will include working with the HOD, Legal and Communications team.• Developing a Southern Water risk assessment process for personal data and integrating it within common governance and risk management tools implemented within Southern Water (e.g. Privacy Impact Assessments).• Supporting compliant delivery of open data/transparency initiatives within Southern Water and information management aspects of personal data handling (e.g. information asset register).• Managing registration and engagement with regulatory bodies (e.g. ICO) and represent Southern Water at significant industry events (e.g. ICO Data Protection conference).

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