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Advisor, Information Rights

Job Introduction

We are looking for two Advisors to join our Information Rights team, based in our West London office. This role is offered as a 12 month fixed term contract.

Our team works to ensure that all of the BBCs activities (in the Public Service Groups) are carried out in line with the BBCs legal obligations under its Charter and EU law particularly in the areas of Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and e-Privacy law.

The BBC Legal Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the BBC and for developing and implementing the BBCs legal strategy. The BBC Legal Division is led by the BBCs General Counsel and provides legal assistance & advice across the BBC. It is made up of the following departments: General Counsel's Office, Information Rights, Intellectual Property , Employment , Litigation, Programme Legal Advice, Commercial and Regulatory Legal,and Design and Engineering.

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 will play a key role in the running of the BBCs 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. There will also be opportunities to advise and assist on more general Information Rights matters.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need significant knowledge of DP/FOI compliance combined with a good depth of experience of file and case management of FOI requests and Subject Access Requests. You will be used to providing legal or compliance advice and working to very tight regulatory deadlines. Along with relevant experience in a research/senior administrative/broadcasting or related role, you will possess high level organisational skills and the ability to remain calm, organised and focused under pressure. A good communicator, you will 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

Band:   C
Contract type:  2 x 12 month fixed term contract
Location:  London-based role with flexibility

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here



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