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Group Head of Data Privacy

  • Job reference: CS-001832
  • Sector: Security, Support Services
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Epsom, Bristol, Derby
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Why not...

This is a vital role within our organisation supporting the Group Technical and QSSE Director in developing and maintaining the Group’s data protection framework. This role will guide all sectors of the organisation in order to ensure the protection of our clients and employees information and provide a global “centre of excellence” for the Atkins group. The role will require someone with a strongly pragmatic approach and the ability to positively influence large and diverse stakeholder groups.


Duties may include but not be limited to:


  • Support for the Group Company Secretary in carrying out all the responsibilities of the Group Data Protection Officer
  • Provision of a Group data protection “centre of excellence”
    • Advising on practical implementation of data protection legal requirements
    • Advising on practical implementation of the Group’s data protection framework
    • Advising on the Group’s responsibilities as a data processor of client data
  • Development and management of the Group’s data protection framework, particularly to ensure compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation
  • Providing data protection training within the Group

Systems and processes

  • Reviewing and negotiating supplier data protection contractual arrangements, including training key interested parties (e.g. Group Information Systems, Procurement) to enable them to undertake reviews and straightforward negotiations
  • Managing/undertaking supplier audits
  • Managing/undertaking privacy impact assessments

Data subjects

  • Managing and overseeing responses to data subject access requests
  • Managing/preparing/overseeing response to data subject queries


  • Submitting notifications to data protection regulators
  • Managing/undertaking breach investigations
  • Reviewing and developing arrangements for cross-border data transfers


  • Excellent data protection technical skills including, but not limited to:
    • Excellent knowledge of the Data Protection Act 1998
    • Excellent knowledge of the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995
    • Excellent knowledge of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and the EU Data Protection Directive 2016/680 and the implications for multi-national organisations
  • General understanding of global legislation
  • Practical experience of all aspects of data protection compliance including, but not limited to:
    • Notifications
    • Application of exemptions
    • Privacy impact assessments
    • Supplier contractual arrangements and audits
    • Data subject access requests
    • Breach management
    • Cross-border data transfers
    • Developing and delivering training and awareness programmes
    • Developing data protection frameworks
    • Data protection risk management
    • Drafting personal data inventories
    • Liaising with regulators
  • Practical experience of implementing data protection projects internationally
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including, but not limited to:
    • Human Resources
    • Group information Systems (particularly the Cyber Security team and Chief Information Officer)
    • Quality, Safety, Security and Environment (“QSSE”) (particularly the Information Assurance and Security teams)
    • Senior management
  • Self-motivated, problem solving, decision making skills
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent communication skills, especially written English
  • Good interpersonal skills required (tact, honesty, integrity, confidentiality, patience and ability to get on well with all levels of staff)
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential
  • Experience of managing time critical projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge & understanding of European data protection legislation, US data privacy legislation and relevant Asia Pacific legislation
  • Practical experience of developing and managing data protection frameworks for multi-national organisations

The individual

  • Certified International Privacy Professional (preferably CIPP/E but CIPP/US considered), holder of BCS the Chartered Institute for IT professional certification (formerly ISEB), holder of Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PC.dp) or equivalent
  • Pragmatic approach to data protection
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a large and varied workload
  • Happy working in a fast-paced environment with demanding deadlines
  • Self starter
  • Team player
  • Confidence to ask for help
  • Orderly method of working/tidiness
  • Discreet and confidential
  • Confident


This role could be based out of our Epsom, Birmingham, Bristol or London offices. The post-holder would be required to travel to London regularly. Possibility of travel overseas as necessary to fulfil the requirements of the role.

Additional Information and Benefits


  • Travel to other company sites may be necessary.
  • Flexible working options may be considered for this vacancy.
  • Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave.
  • Atkins develops our employees through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have a programme of in-house and well as external training for all of our engineers.

About Us


Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.  Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.


We are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in most regions of the world, and in virtually every market.  Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.


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