Clean Air Zone - Senior Data Governance Manager

25 Nov 2021
07 Dec 2021
Contract Type

About the job Summary

At DVLA, we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

Clean Air Zone - Senior Data Governance Manager 

Salary: £38,654

Location: Swansea 

Do you have data protection expertise?

Are you someone who enjoys working collaboratively with different business areas and organisations?

Would you like to play a key role in an exciting government initiative aimed at reducing harmful emissions and improving air quality?

If so, we'd love to hear from you!

Job description

DVLA is taking over the management of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) central service on behalf of the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU).

This is an environmental initiative where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering a Clean Air Zone. Vehicles which exceed certain emission standards may have to pay a charge to drive in one of these zones.

The purpose of this role is to act as the primary point of contact with JAQU for all data governance matters ensuring compliance with data protection legislation, managing requests for personal data and ensuring data sharing agreements in place are fit for purpose and contain the relevant data protection obligations.

The role requires a great deal of stakeholder engagement with JAQU, those local authorities who operate a Clean Air Zone and internal project staff. As such it enables the role holder to develop a broad network, whilst providing extensive experience of advising on a wide range of data protection matters.


Key accountabilities of the role include:

• In consultation with JAQU and Commercial colleagues, to advise on the type of agreement needed, the data protection relationships, and relevant clauses in respect of all data contracts drafted related to CAZ;
• To manage the data governance aspects associated with onboarding/offboarding local authorities on to the scheme;
• To act as the primary point of contact for JAQU for all data governance matters, collaborating closely with other internal and external stakeholders as required;
• To assist JAQU with drafting/maintaining of any Data Protection Impact Assessments relevant to DVLA’s processing of CAZ data;
• To monitor compliance with the terms of the relevant data sharing agreements and escalating any issues arising.

For an in-depth insight into the role please refer to the Role Profile.

Please note that this is a funded role by JAQU until March 2023. When the role expires another post will be found for the successful candidate within the agency.

About You
We are looking for someone with a working level knowledge of data protection law, experience of implementing data sharing agreements and commercial awareness.

You must have strong stakeholder, and relationship management skills. You will be self-motivated, be comfortable managing a challenging workload and possess the capability to organise and prioritise workloads effectively.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to undertake Data Protection qualifications, if not already qualified.

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have 6 staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues: Freedom (LGBT), Ability (Disabilities), Gender Equality, Unity (Ethnicity), Mental Health Network and Carers Support Network.

DVLA are following government guidelines and the majority of Strategy, Policy & Communications directorate (SPCD) staff are currently working from home. This is likely to continue until the end of 2021, however this is under continuous review. Once it is possible to do so the current expectation is that SPCD staff will be located in the Swansea office to allow for ongoing support, development and collaboration with colleagues.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVLA visit our Careers website.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

For your CV and personal statement, please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:

• Applying your knowledge of data protection law and associated guidance;
• Drafting or providing advice on different data sharing agreements and the associated obligations;
• Strong collaboration, stakeholder, and relationship management skills.

The sift is due to take place 8th December 2021.

Interviews will be held week commencing 20th December 2021.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions around behaviours and how you would respond in any situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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