Senior Information Governance Officer – Data & Analytics

Job Description

Senior Information Governance Officer – Data & Analytics

Fixed Term, 12 months

Full Time, 37 hours per week

Up to GBP36,809 per annum

Location: Chelmsford*

Closing Date: 28th November 2021

*This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.

Job Purpose

The role of Information Governance and Transparency is to deliver effective and high-quality information governance, data protection and sharing, records management and information rights advice, to manage and report on security incidents, undertake impact assessments, respond to complaints and handle access to information requests.

The Senior Information Governance Officer operates at the core of the council and requires tact, they also need to have strong interpersonal skills. The role is integral to the successful management of information governance and rights and ensuring the council remains compliant under the relevant legislation.

The role will be required to provide complex legislative guidance and advice to officers across the organisation including the Senior Information Risk Owner and the Data Protection Officer, partners and providers and other stakeholders, therefore the ability to be diplomatic and understand the context of the situation is crucial to the success of this role.


  • Responsible for providing complex Information Governance advice and guidance to officers, schools, partners and others on the current data protection and information legislation
  • Responsible as the lead officer and SME on specific tasks associated Data and Analytics to support the delivery of the Council’s Data Strategy. Activities will include development of information sharing arrangements with external stakeholders, lead author for Information Sharing Protocols and DPIAs for Data and Analytic activities, staff training, drafting of policies, support to procurement, SIRO and DPO support.
  • Supports the manager by providing direction to the team with the ability to focus on results and assist in development a strong performing team from diverse backgrounds to achieve local objectives. This will include undertaking supervisory responsibility of colleagues.
  • Supports the creation, development and maintenance of an Information Governance framework for the Council to ensure compliance with all regulations and legislation including, the General Data Protection Regulation 2016, Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), the Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Computer Misuse Act 1990, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.
  • Responsible for investigating and responding to complex complaints, including those to the DPO, from the ICO and very complex or serious security incidents.
  • Leading a review of consistent and robust data governance processes as part of data project lifecycle and creating agreements to better share data for key partnership agendas.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience. Completion of relevant professional qualifications is highly desirable.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in Information Governance and Transparency.
  • Significant experience of working within an information governance, data protection, information rights environment, particularly in recent years.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly oral and written communications skills, presentation of text and other materials to the highest of standards and attention to detail.
  • Excellent ICT skills and good working knowledge of Microsoft is essential. Knowledge of the NHS Information Governance Toolkit is desirable.
  • Proven experience of working effectively with internal and external partners, the community, senior officers and elected members. Evidence of understanding and responding to differing viewpoints taking a cross organisational perspective.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.


Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on the Working for Essex website.

Apply and next steps

Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you upload an up to date CV and supporting statement when prompted.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please email