Head of Group Data Governance

Head of Group Data Governance
Westmeath Permanent Hybrid Negotiable Ref:

Job Description

My client based in Westmeath is currently recruiting for a Head of Group Data Governance to join the team on a permanent basis.

My client based in Westmeath is currently recruiting for a Head of Group Data Governance to join the team on a permanent basis. The Head of Group Data Governance will establish and oversee data governance practice within the organisation. You will be a trusted expert advisor to the business on all Data Governance matters and will ask as a point of liaison with the regulator.

Head of Group Data Governance will be responsible  to provide independent high-quality advice &  assurance relating to Data Management, Data Sharing & Data usage activities.

Job Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for defining & facilitating the rollout of a Group Data Governance framework to govern how the Group will collate, process, analyse & share data both internally within & across the organisation as well as with external stakeholders.
  • The framework will need to account for the necessary compliance & protection considerations in relation to management of data across multiple legal jurisdictions & distinct business segments.
  • You will work closely with the DPO & Risk & Compliance teams across all business segments to ensure adherence & alignment to the Group level governance & protection frameworks.
  • You will be looking at all issues relating to the governance & protection of personal data.
  • Be promptly consulted once a data breach or another incident has occurred work with relevant business & teams as needed to ensure any such breach is managed effectively and in line with all legal & compliance requirements.
  • In conjunction with the DPO for Group functions, act as an easily accessible point of contact for data subjects including policyholders, claimants & employees, acting with discretion in a confidential & professional manner at all times.
  • You will monitor compliance with the GDPR & other data protection / data usage laws, our data protection policies, including managing internal data governance activities; raising awareness of data governance & protection issues, training staff & conducting internal audits & gaining assurance that the Information asset register & other documentation requirements are being kept up to date.
  • You will ensure that adequate fair processing notices are in place & seeking approval of any material variations from group standards.
  • You will inform & advise the firm & its employees about its obligations in relation to Data Governance, the need to comply with the GDPR & other data protection laws & help foster a compliant data protection & governance culture.
  • You will be working with the DPO teams, monitor the data Privacy Impact Assessment (PIAs)process & provide feedback & sign off that key individual PIAs have been completed correctly so that they take due regard to the risks associated with processing operations & take into account the nature, scope, context & purposes of processing.
  • This may include conducting ad hoc PIAs on high risk, in flight processes that they deem appropriate.
  • You will consult the ICO prior to processing where a data protection impact assessment indicates that the processing is still high risk after mitigation (see GDPR Article 36).
  • You will act as a contact point for the ICO. Co-operate with the ICO, & will consult on any relevant matter.
  • You will provide reporting on the levels of compliance & data governance practice to the segment & group as required.
  • You will provide effective oversight of complex or high-risk personal data processing.

Experience Required

  • Have experience of data protection & governance practice in financial services
  • Have experience of designing & implementing information governance policies & control frameworks
  • Risk management
  • Audit & compliance
  • Delivery of consistent communications to senior stakeholders
  • High level of technical knowledge of data protection and privacy law
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail to all levels of management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Initiative, proactivity, enquiring approach, resourcefulness
  • Adaptability, ability to embrace and respond positively to change
  • Analytical and investigative skills, logical reasoning and problem solving skills – individually & collaboratively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Integrity and assertiveness when dealing with complex / business critical issues
  • Ability to probe and question for accurate information
  • Ability to formulate pragmatic solutions to compliance issues that balance business needs with risk and practicality
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders
  • Experience of producing material and presenting to senior stakeholder

Essential and Desirable Skills

  • Experience of dealing with the ICO

Educational Requirements

  •  Degree
  • Data Governance, Data protection and Privacy, Information risk management
  • Professional Certification (can be evidenced by industry experience without formal qualification)
  • Data privacy qualification: ISEB Data Protection Practitioner, or GDPR Practitioner, or CIPP/CIPM
  • Information Risk Qualification: Information Risk Practitioner
  • Microsoft office to an intermediate level

Working Hours & Benefits

  • 38 hour Working Week
  • Bonus
  • Pension
  • Healthcare

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