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Knowledge & Information Management

Data Protection Manager – 75138
£37,683 – £48,067
Multiple Locations


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

The Role

We’re recruiting a Data Protection Manager on a permanent basis here atMoJ (Ministry of Justice) Security and Information Governance Group, to be part of our warm and collaborative Data Protection Team. 

Knowledge and information are the lifeblood of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). They can transform the way we deliver public services as well as the relationship between government and public. It is important for the Department to show that we are capable of handling information carefully as well as making it readily available and widely accessible wherever we can and should.  Managing information well can have a direct impact on our ability to deliver core services to our customers.

The Data Protection Team is responsible for helping business groups across the department manage and use personal information in a manner compatible with the law. Its 

core function is to promote compliance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 and the 

UK General Data Protection Regulation across policies, projects, processes and services which involve personal data, through the provision of bespoke advice, training and guidance to business areas. 

Reporting to the Data Protection Strategic Lead you will have a leading role in contributing to improvements to the way the department manages its personal data including responsibility for promoting adherence to and providing guidance across a vast spectrum of business areas on information legislation; you will also be part of the management of high impact incidents involving personal data.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Act as principle point of contact for a number of the MoJ’s component agencies/ organisations and central work-streams; providing expert advice and guidance on the application of data protection legislation in their business area and particular circumstances. You will have to deal with complex issues and will need to be able to produce accurate advice on compliance matters quickly, to a high standard.
  • Contribute to commissions from within the business and cross-government, to help ensure the proper application of data protection law and reliance on appropriate legal gateways to data processing mindful of the potential risks and outcomes associated with such.
  • Review and advise upon Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and data sharing agreements / memorandums produced (or in production) to mitigate privacy risks and advise on potential solutions and changes to processes / policies proposed to aid both their legal and practical application.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with key colleagues in the Ministry, its executive agencies as well as with other government departments.
  • The role also provides the opportunity to draft a range of written communications including advice and submissions to senior officials and Ministers. You may also have to draft clear letters and other correspondence setting out the legal position in the context of the circumstances in each case to stakeholders and the public.

Person Specification


  • A current working knowledge and understanding of both the GDPR and DPA 2018 and must be able to recognise, and advise upon, the potential impacts of such on MoJ’s existing and emerging technology systems / projects.
  • A proven track record in developing and leading information assurance strategy in government, including stakeholder engagement, specifically in relation to risk,
  • Proven leadership experience in an information / data management setting.
  • Experience and knowledge of existing working practices within government, including technical security advice, risk management, off-shoring, data protection impact assessment, governance and compliance.
  • Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities, and maintain focus and alignment of the team’s activities – including experience of the management of a team of information security / assurance specialists.
  • Experience of engaging with stakeholders and staff to resolve business issues and ensure effective and efficient delivery of services.
  • In a comparable business environment, experience of providing evidence based, risk balanced advice to seniors, presenting complex considerations in clear and non-technical terms.


  • A data protection/GDPR qualification e.g. CIPP/E or CIPM

The sift will be based on the following behaviours:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at pace
  • Working together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Communicating and Influencing will be the lead behaviour, so if there a lot of applicants we will sift solely on this.


The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: