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Principal Technology Advisor (x6)

Location: Wilmslow

Salary/Rate: £49,549 to £56,129 plus pension and excellent benefits

Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 09 Aug 2021

Job Reference: 4017966

Principal Technology Advisor - Information Commissioner's Office

Help the ICO identify and respond to the use of emerging technologies by providing expert insight

Technology is driving fundamental changes to our society, driven by the critical role personal data is playing in our digital lives. What role could you play in influencing the way we support innovation and technological change while also protecting privacy and information rights? As an independent body serving the public, the work of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is interesting and immensely rewarding.

We uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. In the last year we have been involved with prominent issues ranging from addressing the use of intrusive technology in our personal lives, to the privacy implications of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work has never been so important or high profile.

The ICO’s technology group deals with some of the most complex privacy, data rights, data protection and emerging technology issues that society faces. The aim of the group is to make sure the ICO can assess and respond to these developments, and most importantly, to shape the future privacy, data and technology landscape.

We have vacancies for several positions across the directorate – roles that will help us shape how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public. For more information, please look at our recruitment website: hays.co.uk/jobs/ico

About the roles

We are looking for technical experts with experience in the following domains;

- AI and Data Science and Design
- Biometric technologies
- Cyber security
- End-to-end encryption
- Online tracking and surveillance technologies
- Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs)

Please note that we have specific job descriptions for each of these posts attached underneath

You may have previously worked as an engineer, developer, designer, product manager or academic. As Principal Technology Advisor you will help the ICO identify and respond to the use of emerging technologies by providing expert insight into how they work, how they are used, and the impact they can have. You will have a focus on a specific domain area but will be able to assess other emerging technologies enabling you to join the dots between a range of technological developments and their impact on society.

You must be passionate about ensuring the development and use of emerging technologies addresses the risk of harm to citizens while ensuring the societal benefits can be realised. You will help ensure the ICO can respond to and proactively shape developments to support the rights and interests of citizens.

About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

- 2 years’ post higher degree experience in emerging technology domains related to the job role
- Up to date expert knowledge of current trends and practices in the relevant domain area and emerging technology more broadly
- Experience of working in a team and on a range of projects and programmes of work
- Extensive knowledge of computing sciences and IT theories, principles and practices
- Ability to apply legislative requirements to the development and application of information and communications technologies
- A strong desire and aptitude to continually develop technical knowledge, skills and abilities as technology evolves
- Excellent standards of literacy and written communication skills

The ICO is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and we welcome applications from all members of the community.

Contact: Andrew Timlin

Office: 1st Floor, Ebury Gate, 23 Lower Belgrave Street

Phone: 02072598743

Email: andrew.timlin@hays.com

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