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Chief Privacy Officer

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It produces content for both the BBC and other third parties and also invests in, commercialises and showcases content from the BBC around the world in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.  Crucial to achieving this goal is to ensure that personal data is secured and protected throughout its’ lifecycle.  The role is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of a business-wide privacy programme for BBC Studios. 

Due to changes within the team, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, qualified data protection specialist to join the team. The successful candidate will be currently fulfilling a senior Data Protection role, and will ideally have had exposure to a matrixed organisation.

The Chief Privacy Officer reports into the Director of Regulatory Affairs and will be required to influence and advise Studios Executive Committee (SEC) members and members of the Global Leadership Team.  In particular, you will possess the credibility to engage support and influence directly a number of stakeholder groups both internally and externally.

Role Responsibility

Accountable for the creation, modification and execution of the privacy and data protection framework, ensuring that BBC Studios remains compliant with all relevant privacy regulations in all relevant territories.

Manage and maintain the Privacy and Data Protection Risk Register and ensure that significant risks are captured on the corporate risk register and notified to the BBC Studios Ethics & Compliance Board on a regular basis.

Draft, implement and maintain data protectio policies, procedures and controls for the protection and security of personal data across the organisation.

Manage incidents and investigations and ensure that all improvements to the framework are carefully considered and implemented quickly, and ensure a robust level of due diligence in respect of third parties who are processing BBC personal data

Lead and manage a team of privacy professionals to ensure that the business remains compliant with all relevant data protection legislation.

Promote a culture of good data handling practice at all times and creates and delivers an effective communications and awareness plan that engages all staff.

Develop and implement regular metrics and reporting of compliance with data protection requirements

Maintain a network of ‘privacy champions’ in each operating territory and within the BBC Studios Business & Legal Affairs group and other key stakeholder units.

Are you the right candidate?

  • A seasoned specialist in Privacy and Data Protection with an understanding of the media industry,
  • Hold a qualification in information Security/Data Protection, including GDPR
  • A pro-active self-starter who has led a GDPR Implementation Programme.  
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of Data Protection and Information Security legislation both in the UK and globally.
  • Confident in translating regulation and legislation into practical actions which can be adopted by the business units.
  • An effective communicator at all levels, especially managing challenging situations / sensitive information
  • Experienced in the management of data protection and information security incidents.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of compliance regulations
  • Experience or exposure to a media environment would be advantageous however not essential

About the BBC

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.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.


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