Personal data - whether about our staff and volunteers, visitors, donors, students and others that we engage with- is as important to Kew as its plant related data. We have been on a significant data protection compliance journey and are now largely operating in business-as-usual mode. Nevertheless, there is still much to do to maintain and enhance our compliance activities and keep pace with the business’s new initiatives. No two days at Kew are ever the same and due to the variety of functions offered across our sites, there will always be new activities to get involved in. Working alongside the Legal team, this post is in charge of managing and enhancing Kew's data protection (and freedom of information) compliance frameworks, and providing robust but pragmatic advice across Kew on a broad range of matters.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.
We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.
Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi.
We are looking for a dynamic individual with the technical expertise, hands-on experience and drive to continue enhancement of our data protection (and freedom of information) compliance activities. You will need to have sound experience directly advising on data protection law and practice, holding a relevant professional qualification (e.g. CIPP/E, CIPM, C-DPO, BCS certificate, Data Practitioner Certificate or degree equivalent); experience of Freedom of Information laws and practice is desirable but not essential, so long as you are willing to develop this.
You will need to be proactive, a great relationship builder and able to effectively influence outcomes with key stakeholders – these include the local Data Protection Leads & Champions (who act as advocates for compliance and a direct point of liaison for their departments) and the external Data Protection Officer (acting under a DPO as a service arrangement, providing audit and assurance and, as requested by the post-holder, support and advice).
Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.
Closing Date: 18/04/2021
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
No agencies please.