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Data Protection Specialist

Scotland, Glasgow / Perth, Scotland, Perth & Kinross
£38073 - £44357 per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job Type
Business & Non-Engineering

Job Details

Base Location: Glasgow or Perth, other SSEN sites also considered

Salary: £38,073 - £44,257 + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: 12 month Fixed Term | Full Time | Flexible First options available

We are looking for you to be a specialist advisor on Data Protection across all Distribution business areas where personal data is handled.

- You'll ensure compliance with the regulations and advise business areas on how to apply the regulations in practical terms when holding and utilising personal data.

- You will work closely with the Legal Data Protection team and also with the wider network of Data Protection Specialists within each business unit.

- Act as specialist advisor to the Distribution business on data related aspects of the General Data Protection Regulations to ensure compliance.

- Support the business to complete their Privacy by Design responsibilities, including Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) for new projects and processes where personal data is involved.

- Ownership for creating and overseeing the way Distribution Data Subject Requests are processed and administered to ensure information is handled accurately and delivered within the legislative timeframes.

- This is a highly responsible, broad and varied role that involves the consideration of multiple and often complex factors in order to make well-informed decisions on behalf of the Distribution business.

What do I need?

- Understanding of the variety and extent of Distribution processes involving personal data.

- Knowledge of our key data protection policies and control procedures including governance, risk and control framework.

- Extensive knowledge of the key requirements of the GDPR in relation to the handling of personal data. You'll have experience of Data -Protection policies and procedures including training and awareness.

- In depth knowledge of the management of data subject requests such as Subject Access Requests and experience in managing data protection incidents.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to make highly complex information simple and engaging to others and the ability to articulate risk mitigation concisely and clearly.

- Excellent organisation skills with the ability to flex and re-prioritise workload and deliver to tight deadlines.

- Proficient in MS Office applications (particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint).

About our Business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.8 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 3,500 people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital to achieving net zero. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network we're ensuring our local communities continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future. We are consistently investing and innovating to improve network resilience and future-proof power supplies for life's changing demands, from rolling out large scale EV charging schemes to supporting small community generation projects.

What happens now?

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.

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 Stacey on 01738 342529.

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.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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