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Data Protection Specialist

SSE plc

Location: Aberdeen City, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire

Job Type: Full time


About the Role

Base Location: Glasgow, Perth, or Aberdeen.

Salary: £38,700 - £58,100 + Performance-Related Bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available.

What is the Role?

The Risk & Assurance team in SSEN Transmission provides the processes for identifying, assessing and controlling threats in line with the business risk appetite and ensures that reliable information is delivered to internal and external stakeholders through coordinated assurance activities.

Due to continued growth in the transmission business, we are seeking a specialist advisor on GDPR and Data Protection to provide support across business areas where personal data is handled to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations. A key element of the role will also be the management and provision of information under the Environmental Information Regulations, providing reliable and accurate information to our stakeholders. The role holder will act as a Data Protection Specialist within SSEN Transmission conducting Data Protection Screenings and Data Protection Impact Assessments and will work closely with the Legal Data Protection team to advise on how to apply the regulations in practical terms when holding and utilising relevant data.

In addition, you will support a wide range of assurance services in the SSEN Transmission business ensuring that we’re compliant with all regulatory, legal and stakeholder obligations through effective and timely risk-based assurance reviews and monitoring activities.

The duties and responsibilities of the Data Protection Specialist are:

- Leading on GDPR and information security across the transmission business areas including incident management, data sharing, privacy by design and records processing activities.

- Managing, coordinating and responding to subject access requests and detailed environmental information requests under the Environmental Information Regulations.

- Advising on Data Protection Screenings and Impact Assessments in support of our digital and IT ambitions.

- Undertaking assurance reviews to verify obligations and licence conditions are being met across the business and producing and communicating accurate reports reflective of findings.

- Assisting in the understanding, interpretating, and communicating our obligations and licence conditions, as the transmission business is regulated by Ofgem.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Knowledge of GDPR and Data Protection legislation including the management and investigation of Data Subject Right requests, Data Protection Impact Assessments and how to handle potential data protection breaches.

- Awareness of the Environmental Information Regulations and experience in managing responses.

- Experience in the practical implementation of Data Protection policies and procedures (including training and awareness).

- Experience in undertaking and reporting on risk-based assurance reviews.

- Qualified auditor with a legal background or relevant post qualification company/industry experience and relevant up to date experience in a similar assurance role.

About our Business

SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK's greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stephanie on or 01738 342963.

EXTERNAL: Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.

INTERNAL: As a courtesy, please let your current line manager know you are applying.