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Group Data Protection Officer


Group Data Protection Officer

  • 540973
  • Closing at: May 19 2022 at 23:55 BST

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion in low carbon projects over the next 5 years, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

So join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key UK or Ireland sites, which includes but is not limited to:- Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Reading, Havant, London, Belfast or Dublin

Salary: £Competitive + car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Group Data Protection Officer to join SSE at a critical time of growth and international  expansion.  As a trusted advisor to the SSE Board, you'll maintain strategic oversight of Group activities, associated Data & Information Governance risks, and develop good working relationships with the ICO and other privacy regulators.

This senior leadership role would suit a candidate with a strong legal and/or data protection background, who can operate effectively across the organisation to provide innovative and appropriate solutions to complex business issues.

Un addition to the above, your key responsibilities will include:-

- Partnering with the SSE businesses to provide expert legal advice on policy, best practice and risks related to privacy, and data protection regarding personal data.  This will involve working collaboratively with senior stakeholders to promote compliance in the achievement of business objectives.

- Developing the data protection strategy, implementing key initiatives and processes in order to set standards and reinforce a culture of integrity, quality, responsibility and ethical behaviour across all Group subsidiaries in the UK and internationally.

- Cooperating with the appropriate jurisdictions' data protection regulators, acting as the key point of contact for issues relating to processing, failure with compliance or personal data protection breaches. 

- Attending and facilitating various internal and external forums and Steering Groups, using your expertise and industry insight to ensure all relevant matters are highlighted and discussed.  This may include inputting to business development activity, the implementation of new systems or processes, or any other ad hoc activities that require DPO input in the delivery of our strategy.

- As a member of the General Counsel Leadership team, managing and supporting a high performing, specialist team, as well as contributing the implementation of operational initiatives, data governance considerations and improvements.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we'd love you to have:-

- Expert knowledge of data protection laws and practices e.g. GDPR, UK GDPR, Data Protection Acts coupled with demonstrable experience of providing high quality and effective private and data protection advice, across the organisation.

- A good understanding of the energy sector is preferred, as is experience of operating across different geographical jurisdictions, with different privacy standards and policies to support of our international expansion.

- Ability to assess risks associated with data processing operations and act pragmatically, taking into account the nature, scope, context and purpose of processing.

- Ability to build effective partnerships, and quickly gain the trust of other executives, as well as externally.

- Strong leadership skills, with the ability to build a high performing team who are engaged, motivated and inspired to continually add value in the delivery of business objectives.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact / 01738 341390.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.



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Our Benefits

  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

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