Data Protection Advisor

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Full Time Part TimePermanent
  • Post Date: October 26, 2021
Job Description

The Data Protection Advisor is responsible for advising the DVSA on compliance with privacy legislation, in particular the Data Protection Act (DPA) and to ensure that relevant policy and procedure is in place and implemented to enable compliance.

They will effectively manage potential failures to comply. To ensure that DVSA’s staff are well informed about the requirements of the DPA, and in conjunction with other team members ensure that staff understand the Act and other relevant legislation, requirements and guidance. Whilst promoting best practice in the handling/use of personal data within DVSA.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead work to ensure all processing of personal data by DVSA is compliant with the DPA. Provide DPA advice and guidance to all parts of the Agency and ensure that DVSA has appropriate policy and guidance in place to maintain compliance.
  • Own DVSA Data Protection or related information management policies, leading on any changes that need to be built in as a result of changes to legislation or application of policy. Engage in cross Departmental programmes that support such change.
  • Liaise with DfT central and with other agencies on data protection and privacy matters, ensuring that DVSA’s position is represented and that agreed policies, procedures and approaches are implemented by the agency.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Public Liaison team on the application of data protection legislation and supporting regulations.
  • Conduct and manage Data Protection/Information Assurance (IA) Audits of our Delivery Partners and DVSA Business Areas, in order to provide DVSA with an assurance that processing of DVSA data is occurring in the way it should be. This will include developing action plans and monitoring that corrective actions are undertaken as required.
  • Manage the DVSA application of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and produce and deliver guidance and training for DVSA Business areas and Delivery Partners to carry these out effectively.
  • Approve DPIA screening assessments, assist DPIA authors to carry out risk assessments, advise on legislation relevant to the DPIA and approve the data protection compliance check required. Make recommendations to the relevant manager accepting the DPIA on action necessary to mitigate the risks.
  • Ensuring the DVSA Offshoring processes are followed and risks are presented to the DVSA Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Advise the Incident Control Centre and Senior Management on the handling of incidents involving personal data to support the incident management process.
  • Act as Incident Manager when directed by the Incident Control Centre, ensuring the incident is contained, the impact minimised, any recovery necessary is effective and that lessons are learned to inform future prevention.

For more information about the role and responsibilities please see the attached Role Profile and Candidate Pack.

About you

To thrive in this role, you will have experience working in a data protection environment where you have provide DPA advice and guidance to others to ensure that compliance is maintained. You will have good attention to detail and take pride in producing work to a high standard.

We are looking for someone who has exceptional communication skills and can express themselves in a confident and concise manner with colleagues at all levels. You will represent the Agency in a professional and clear manner, ensuring key messages are delivered to both internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner. You will have good drafting skills with the ability to produce high quality documents.

You will be someone who naturally enjoys working collaboratively with different business areas and likes the challenge of influencing others to achieve business outcomes. You can build rapport quickly with both internal and external stakeholders which enables you to build solid working relationships.

Additional information

Once usual service resumes, there may be occasional travel required to Bristol or Nottingham to attend essential meetings.

You will hold a BCS ISEB in Data Protection (or equivalent) or willing to work towards gaining this qualification.

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Role Profile 
Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement 
Candidate Notes 
Candidate pack