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Interim Data Protection Officer- 12 month FTC - hybrid

Financial Services Compensation Scheme
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

Job Details

The Vacancy

Interim Data Protection Officer – 12m FTC


Salary: £99,000

Location: Aldgate, London (40%) and homebased


Reporting to the Chief Counsel, you will be responsible for building and leading the Data Protection function and developing what a permanent role would look like. You will monitor compliance and data practices internally to ensure compliance with requirements under the GDPR and other relevant legislation. You will sit in the FSCS Legal Team but work in collaboration with the Head of Information and Cyber Security to propose a framework for data protection at FSCS.  The framework should clearly outline the responsibilities and accountabilities of the Legal Team, the Information Security Team, the Data Protection Officer function and other relevant teams in order to mature FSCS’s data protection compliance capabilities where required given the new legislation anticipated later this year.

The role holder will be hired on an initial 12 month term.  The required candidate should enjoy problem solving and can approach the role from a strategic angle (not just from a strict legal/compliance angle) but who is also able to handle everyday governance, crisis management etc. and be able to identify the issues and who is responsible for it.

My role:

As a Interim Data Protection Officer you will have knowledge of:

  • Monitoring Compliance: Ensuring the organisation complies with data protection laws and regulations.
  • Advising and Educating: Providing guidance to the organisation and its employees on data protection laws, policies, and practices.
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA): Conducting or advising on assessments to identify and mitigate privacy risks associated with data processing activities.
  • Record-keeping: Maintaining records of data processing activities and ensuring documentation aligns with legal requirements.
  • Communication: Serving as a point of contact for data subjects and supervisory authorities regarding data protection matters.
  • Internal Advocacy: Advocating for data protection principles within the organization and fostering a privacy-aware culture.
  • Incident Response: Coordinating responses to data breaches or privacy incidents and reporting such incidents to the relevant authorities when required.
  • Training: Organizing and conducting training programs to ensure employees are aware of and adhere to data protection policies.
  • Collaboration: Collaborating with IT, legal, and other relevant departments to implement and maintain effective data protection measures.
  • Stay Informed: Keeping abreast of changes in data protection laws and industry best practices, and updating organisational policies accordingly.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Significant and proven experience as a data protection officer in either a stand alone role (preferred) or part of a team
  • Experienced in leading the building of a data protection compliance function
  • Leadership excellence, combined with highly tuned interpersonal, influencing and communication skills
  • Effective management of stakeholder relationships and interests across a complex organisational structure
  • Be able to think creatively and create solutions to complex problems
  • Credibility and confidence working at senior levels in the organisation; comfortable working with C-suite executives across a range of business functions
  • Possess relevant qualifications to this positions

We are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that candidates may need during the recruitment process, and you will be asked whether you require any during your application. If there are additional options you’d like to request, please contact Miriam Schumacher ([email protected]). We also offer reasonable adjustments on the job.


  • We also offer 26 days of annual leave
  • 9%+  pension contributions
  • Private medical and dental insurance
  • 6 months paid maternity/paternity/shared parental leave
  • Discounted Gym membership

About Us

For the past 21 years, FSCS has been getting customers of failed authorised financial services firms back on track.

Our strength is in our numbers. Since 2001, we have helped 6.5m customers and paid back £26bn in compensation. Over the years we have continually strived to be better, faster, and more empathetic to our customers’ needs in an ever more complex financial world. Our people have worked together to make sure we can offer protection and reassurance every step of the way, even during the toughest of times over the last two years. FSCS is an organisation that makes a difference, and in which our people truly make a difference.

We have grown from modest beginnings in 2001 to helping customers during historic events such as the 2008 banking crisis and supporting vulnerable customers during the pandemic. As a result of this success, FSCS has become increasingly respected, insightful, and influential in the regulatory eco-system. It is an exciting time in our journey as we now have an opportunity to play a bigger role in breaking the cycle of rising consumer harm and costs; by being part of a system that is about prevention rather than cure.


The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) helps people get back on track by protecting them when authorised financial services firms fail. We’re independent and cover all regulated financial services in the UK. Since our launch in 2001 we’ve come to the aid of millions of people and paid out billions in compensation.

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