Data Protection Officer to the Traffic Commissioners - Flexible Working Available

Birmingham, Bristol, Caernarfon, Cambridge, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Golborne, and Leeds
10 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021
Part Time
Contract Type


This role can be based in any of the following Office of the Traffic Commissioner locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Caernarfon, Cambridge, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Golborne, and Leeds. However, we envisage a hybrid approach, combining both home and office-based working, where the business interests of the Traffic Commissioners require. Working arrangements to be agreed by individuals and their managers to contribute towards positive work/life balance and wellbeing.


About the job Summary

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice and welcome and encourage applications from everyone, such as ethnic minorities, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBT+.

To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace and making DVSA a great place to work visit our Careers website.

Do you have significant experience in data protection law and information security?

Can you support, challenge and influence stakeholders at senior levels to foster a positive data protection culture?

If so, we are looking for a dedicated individual to act as the independent Data Protection Officer to the Traffic Commissioners of Great Britain, and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

You will be responsible for supporting the Traffic Commissioner’s for Great Britain (TCs) and facilitating their compliance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), ensuring effective systems and controls are in place to enable TCs to comply with their legal obligations.

You will act as the TCs focal point for data protection activities, fostering a good data protection culture within the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC), and act as the intermediary between TCs and relevant stakeholders, including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and data subjects.

This role can be based at any Office of the Traffic Commissioner location in England, Wales or Scotland and is available part-time for 24 hours per week.


Your duties will include:

• Provision of expert leadership and independent advice on data protection law and associated risks to the business
• Ensuring TCs and those working to them have the strategies, policies and processes in place to ensure compliance with the GDPR across the digital and non-digital estate
• To monitor compliance with the UK GDPR and other data protection laws, including maintaining oversight in data processing activity
• Design and implement a planned programme of risk-based audits to test compliance
• Reporting findings, risk and recommendations for improvement to the Traffic Commissioner Board and relevant sub-committees
• To provide independent advice to the Traffic Commisioners on Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) and to continually monitor the requirement for new DPIAs or updates to existing assessments
• To provide independent advice to the Traffic Commissioners on the requirement for data sharing agreements, advice on drafting agreements and to ensure that agreements are regularly reviewed and complied with.
• Collaborating with contacts across government on cross-cutting issues and for the provision of assurance statements and engaging with legal representatives on issues where legal input is required

Please see the Candidate Pack attached to this job advert for more detailed information about the role and responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for someone with significant experience and understanding of data protection law and security information, and a track record of overseeing and improving compliance within organisations.

The level of experience required to be successful in this role will likely be reinforced with industry-recognised qualifications (e.g. Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection / Freedom of Information, CIPP/E or CIPM, ISO27001) however if you don’t hold any qualifications you must be able to demonstrate an equivalent knowledge and experience and be willing to acquire them within nine months of joining us.

You will bring strong analytical skills, including the ability to convey analytical information effectively to senior audiences, a clear understanding of risk management and experience working within incident management, IT and data security systems and records management.

You will also possess exceptional communication, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, with demonstrable experience of building relationships and respect at the most senior levels within organisations.

You will be comfortable and capable of working independently and have the confidence to provide expert and accurate advice, influence, and challenge to senior stakeholders and to promote a data protection culture within the OTC.

About us

The eight Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, but act independently of Government.
The Traffic Commissioners are primarily responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate or drive heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services. They are supported in their functions by fee-paid Deputy Traffic Commissioners.

Click here to find more about what we do.
The DVSA helps everyone stay safe on Britain's roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We're an innovative organisation that values professional expertise. We invest in our people and champion inclusive and diverse teams. And we make sure colleagues have the skills to meet the needs of Britain’s road users.

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

Diversity: Our vision is to support and develop everyone who chooses to work for us. We care deeply about diversity and equality. And we create a positive culture that’s friendly, welcoming, respectful and full of opportunities for professional and personal development.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving


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 DVSA 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, Strengths 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.

The sift is due to take place 2nd December 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on 14th December 2021.

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

We’ll try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.

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.

Please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to demonstrate your experience of:

• Data protection law and information security, including any relevant qualifications
• Overseeing and improving compliance and promoting a data protection culture within organisations
• Building relationships and respect at senior levels, supporting, influencing and challenging senior stakeholders
• Working within incident management, IT and data security systems and records management

We’ve designed the selection process specifically for this role. So your assessment could include:

• An interview
• An interview and a presentation exercise

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

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate 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.

You can read more about Success Profiles here 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.