Data Protection & Compliance Officer

Colindale, London (Greater)
28 Jun 2021
26 Jul 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type
Council owned company

Job Title: Data Protection and Compliance Officer

Location: 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale

Salary:     £41,616 per annum

Term:       Permanent

Hours:     37.5 per week

The Barnet Group is currently seeking to recruit a Data Protection and Compliance Officer. The role will report into the Head of Strategy and Compliance and will work closely with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders. 

About the role

The Barnet Group has blazed a trail in growth and innovation in the housing sector and beyond, and is ambitious for more. To do this we need to find new and robust approaches to meet the challenges we face across our diverse organisation which delivers a range of services including social housing, development, care and support, and private sector rent and lettings. Our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will help us to think differently and work in new and innovative ways to deliver great services to our customers, make a difference in our communities, and be a great place to work.

To support our progressive and growing organisation we are looking for an experienced Data Protection and Compliance Officer who can work flexibly and innovatively to support the business and play a key role in its future success. We are looking for a highly motivated person with initiative and the ability to work flexibly in a dynamic, fast-moving environment.

In this role, reporting to the Head of Strategy and Compliance, the successful candidate will be our Data Protection Officer and responsible for ensuring we protect our data in the best way possible, providing guidance and assurance on processes and handling data, and championing the value of data in the future success of our organisation. The DPCO will be the organisation’s subject matter expert on data protection issues and will share knowledge and increase understanding and compliance across the business.  

The role will also play a part in other key regulatory and statutory compliance activities as required, including supporting the development of Equality Impact Assessments and supporting the strategic planning processes.

The Data Protection and Compliance officer will work closely and build relationships with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders to shape these areas of work.

About you

We are looking for someone with the right attitude and commitment who will help us to achieve our vision of our customers being our biggest advocates.

To excel in this role, you will be able to demonstrate a passion for working with people and information, and for protecting and promoting individuals’ rights. You will be motivated, innovative, proactive, and professional. You will have the necessary strong interpersonal, organisation, and communication skills to be able to balance varied tasks across a diverse workload.

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to join a friendly and enthusiastic team that is passionate about effecting change through our work.

You will have a high degree of independence and must be able to prioritise your own workload while working with different stakeholders to advise and support them with their needs. You will benefit from experience of working with internal and external stakeholders to address problems through policy, process, or behavioural change and a varied cultural landscape.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Be a collaborative, passionate individual, demonstrating excellent communication skills to a variety of audiences;
  • An understanding of data protection legislation from the rules through to the practical implementation of them;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Be comfortable using technology;
  • Project management skills.

And to really stand out from the crowd:

  • Have successfully performed a similar role in another organisation;
  • Have a good understanding of the business context relative to The Barnet Group (in particular: social housing, homelessness, and adult social care);
  • Be fun and self-motivated, with the ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment;
  • Be curious and seek to learn and improve.

Our values

At The Barnet Group we don’t just focus on what we do, but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of showing respect, finding solutions, and making a difference. We aim to working collaboratively, build trusting relationships, innovate, and be creative in all that we do.

What we offer

We believe strongly in achieving a good work/life balance, and we work flexibly; depending on your role, this may include hot-desking, remote working, working from community hubs, and occasional working from home. Our approach to flexible working includes flexible time, and many roles allow for different work patterns to support caring and other responsibilities.

Our purpose-built, modern office that we share with Barnet Council is in the heart of the thriving growth and development area at Colindale, with well-connected public transport links including the Northern Line at the nearby Colindale tube station. A range of shops, restaurants, and other facilities including the RAF Museum are on our doorstep in this green and leafy corner of North London.

The Barnet Group is committed to promoting diversity, equality, and safeguarding, and to creating a work environment that is welcoming for everyone and where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We want to make our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us.

Benefits for TBG Flex:

You will receive a Flexible benefit allowance of 5% of your base salary. Flexible benefits are hosted by AON and will allow you to choose from a variety of benefits.

Closing date:   26 July 2021         

Interview date: TBC