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Business Assurance Manager (Data Protection & Security)

SSE plc

Location: Dorset, England, Greater London, Hampshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Perth and Kinross, Portsmouth, Reading, Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire

Job Type: Full time


About the Role

Base Location: Flexible UK | We're proud to offer a Flexible First approach to work, and this role is no exception. We will, however need your base 'home' location to be one of our SSEN offices or depots across the UK.

Salary: competitive + performance related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

The Business Assurance Manager (Data Protection & Security) is responsible for ensuring that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is able to demonstrably meet its compliance requirements with data protection laws (e.g. the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Failure to comply with data protection laws could have a catastrophic business impact, with fines of up to 4% of Group turnover.

The role-holder will have a straight line in to SSEN’s Head of Business Assurance and a dotted line to SSE’s Data Protection Officer. The role-holder will initially have three Direct Reports (all Business Assurance Specialists, focussed on Data Protection / Cyber Resilience).

Key responsibilities will include:

- Ensure that SSEN fulfils all of its mandatory, and often timebound, data protection requirements, around investigating (and potentially reporting to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)) data incidents within 72 hours.

- Responding to all rights requests within one calendar month.

- Facilitating the completion of data privacy screenings, and - where necessary - full Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), for all new / high risk personal data processing activities.

- Proactively working to improve SSEN’s cyber security culture and resilience, actively promoting good practice around cyber security, with a particular focus on phishing.

- Working with SSEN’s Head of Business Assurance and SSE’s Data Protection Officer (DPO), to develop a strategy to continuously improve SSEN’s system of control around Data Protection & Security.

- Share collective responsibility for developing/delivering the functional strategy, and proactively working to implement Great Place to Work actions.

- Continually assess and develop the team’s own internal processes and practices and ensure that the team is relentlessly identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement to raise our level of service to the business and enhance the overall internal customer experience.

- Drafting effective and regular comms to raise awareness of all Data Protection & Security matters, including: how to identify/report incidents; how and when to initiate a Privacy Screening / DPIA; how to handle access requests; specific high-risk areas (e.g. categories of vulnerability data / specific case studies).

What do I need?

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

- GDPR Practitioner qualification.

- Deep understanding of GDPR requirements and extensive experience of ensuring compliance with data protection laws in a large and complex organisation that processes high volumes of sensitive personal data.

- Extensive knowledge of wider cyber security issues, and expert in identifying cyber risks and implementing proportionate mitigations.

- Experience of working in the energy industry / or highly regulated environment.

About the business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.9 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 4,200 highly skilled people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital for the future. We power communities to thrive today and create a net zero tomorrow. Why not join us and help power change, we're looking for great people who love working with others to achieve great results. You'll be empowered to make the right decisions for our customers and have the space to take accountability for the work you do. You’ll be working as part of a bigger team, enabling net zero, so team work will be essential. As a part of our business, you become part of something bigger – an established company with a reputation for looking after our people, offering secure and rewarding roles where safety is our number one priority.

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 submitted 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 shirley-anne.o' / 01738 351976.

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.