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Advisor, Information Rights

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Job Introduction

We’re looking for an Advisor to join our Workplace & Information Rights team, based in our London office.  

Freedom of Information has dramatically changed people’s rights to find out about all public bodies in the UK. The Data Protection Act is key to ensuring that an individual’s personal data is dealt with fairly. Our team advises the BBC on both of these key areas.

The BBC Legal Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the BBC and for developing and implementing the BBC’s legal strategy.  The Division is made up of the following departments: General Counsel’s Office, Editorial Legal (comprising Litigation and Programme Legal Advice), Commercial Legal, Employment, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, Information Policy and Compliance, Property Legal and Business Affairs and BBC Digital (formerly Future Media) and Engineering (formerly Technology).

Our overall structure is similar to that found in private practice firms and we support on a wide range of diverse matters.  Whilst this means the work can be challenging and relatively fast-paced at times, we are open to discussing agile ways of working to support our staff, where appropriate and in line with our flexible working policies.

Role Responsibility

Working within a small team, you’ll play a key role in the running of the BBC’s Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection Act (DPA) processes. Communicating with the public and answering requests under FOI and DPA, drafting and processing requests, and helping train and support BBC Staff.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll need significant knowledge of DP/FOI compliance combined with a good depth of experience of file and case management in DPA, FOIA. You’ll be used to providing legal or compliance advice and working to very tight deadlines. Along with relevant experience in a research/senior administrative/broadcasting or related role, you’ll possess high level organisational skills and the ability to remain calm, organised and focused under pressure. A good communicator, you’ll have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to handle sensitive information discreetly. Experience of drafting letters and short reports is required, along with strong IT skills.

Package Description

CPF Grade 7 - Proposed Band C

Permanent role

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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