Chief Operating Officer


Posted on 4th Jun 2018
Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)
Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)

Grade 6

£59,093 - £68,547 (Birmingham)

Ref: 1584950

Could you lead a number of operational teams – with the overarching aim of ensuring that public authorities are using their investigatory powers into communications data appropriately?

Communications data (CD) is something that every single person generates. From phone calls to emails, every interaction creates a paper trail of information. While the content of those activities remains private, public authorities such as the police can request CD information on when, where, how and with whom those activities were conducted – creating an overall picture of whether a person has been involved in, or is planning activities that may harm others.

From April 2019, a new independent arm’s length body – The Office of Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) – will take on the high-profile remit of ensuring that law enforcement bodies and wider public authorities such as the Financial Conduct Authority are respecting legislation surrounding these investigatory powers. As such, the OCDA will be central to the important work of detecting, preventing and prosecuting crime, while also balancing every individual’s right to privacy.

We are now seeking a strategic and professional leader to oversee the operational activities of this new organisation.

With requests for CD relating to everything from sexual offences to terrorism activity, you will guide your teams on whether or not these applications are granted, determining whether it is appropriate and proportionate to the needs of public safety. As a member of the OCDA board, you will take accountability for these decisions, managing external relationships to find legally-sound solutions to stakeholders’ requests.

Using management information to monitor performance of your teams, you will constantly seek out ways in which we can improve our capabilities. This will include managing risks and ensuring that any legislative, policy and strategic changes are adopted throughout all OCDA teams.

We are looking for a candidate who has experience of leading operational delivery in a similarly complex, sensitive or challenging environment (such as law enforcement or the public authorities). With exceptional people management and communication capabilities, you will travel between the Birmingham and Manchester sites to ensure the entire team is benefitting from your legislative knowledge. Identifying and nurturing potential within your teams, you will have the capacity to see the bigger picture and make time-sensitive decisions under pressure.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the processes and procedures within OCDA’s operational capabilities – and therefore define the future of the business. Enjoying access to career-defining projects, you will also benefit from a generous package and industry-leading training and development opportunities. Crucially, we will also support you in finding a good work/life balance amongst our diverse team.

Please note: you will be handling sensitive information, so we will expect you to ensure appropriate safeguards are maintained. You must be eligible for SC clearance, though DV would be preferable.

Closing date: 24 June 2018.

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