Information Governance Lead- Flexible Working Available

Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York
10 Jun 2021
27 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type


Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York), or home based in the UK. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Travel across the UK will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.

About the job Summary

The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”. Our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

The day to day running of any government agency is awash with data of all kinds. The FSA is no different. From the research and evidence that we employ to support and guide our policy work, to figures and private details regarding the food business operators at the heart of our regulatory work, our Agency is built on the data we use to keep our operations running and keep consumers safe.

This data, though vital to the work we do, does present issues. We are duty-bound to ensure that the data we hold is used responsibly and kept in a manner that protects sensitive information. There is a delicate balancing act that is always at play - how does the FSA make the most of its data whilst maintaining responsible protections?

Job description

The Information Governance Lead has a significant part to play in ensuring that data used within the FSA is used responsibly, kept safely and, when requested in accordance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, shared appropriately. Leading a team of four, the position holder will work to embed good practice for information governance across the entire Agency. Seeking to support the FSA’s use of information, the team will represent an authoritative voice that champions data protection whilst enabling the Agency to make the most of the information at its fingertips.

Interweaved with these responsibilities are those relating to the FOI requests received by the Agency. The FSA puts openness and transparency at the centre of what we do, better allowing us to maintain our reputation as a regulatory body. We must seek to respond efficiently to all FOI requests, whilst also ensuring that any data we share is handled responsibly. The successful candidate will work with the relevant parties across the Agency to meet these expectations, providing support and guidance to those responding to requests.

Working with colleagues across the FSA, candidates will need to be strong and confident communicators who can work quickly and resiliently in the face of multiple priorities. You’ll need to have meticulous attention to detail, and be delivery focused. If you are excited to play an important role in data protection within a government agency don’t hesitate to apply for this exciting opportunity.


Please read the attached Candidate Pack to discover further details about the role, our organisation, who we are looking for and the criteria we will assess against during the selection process. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you every success.


A qualification in an aspect of information governance to demonstrate competence, preferably a certified or practioner level qualification.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

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.

Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack. This will consist of shortlisting against the essential person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of an experience/behaviours-based interview and seen presentation.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:
• Proven in depth knowledge of and experience of leading on GDPR/Data Protection Act 2018 and/or Freedom of Information Act 2000 compliance in an organisation.

Security Clearance
Appointment will be subject to the candidate having, or being able to achieve, National Security Vetting at Security Check level. For full details on the requirement and processes for National Security Vetting, select this link:

Please note that candidates need to be resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years to be eligible to apply for SC Clearance.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached terms and conditions statement.

A reserve list will be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

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 (or eligible for) status under 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

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