Deputy Chief Operating Officer


Posted on 2nd Jul 2018
The Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)
The Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA)

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Could you lead operational teams tasked with ensuring that public authorities use their investigatory powers to access communications data (CD) appropriately?

CD is something every single person generates. From phone calls to emails, every interaction creates a trail of information. Public authorities such as the police can request CD to determine when, where, how and with whom those activities were conducted. In fact, CD is used as evidence in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecutions today.

From April 2019, a new independent arm’s-length body – The Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) – will be responsible for ensuring that law enforcement agencies and wider public authorities acquire CD only when it is necessary and proportionate to do so. The decisions OCDA makes will be critical to balancing the individual’s right to privacy with the protection of the public and their safety.

We are now seeking a strategic and service-focused leader to oversee this new organisation’s operations at one of its locations.

With CD requests relating to everything from sexual offences to terrorism activity, you will guide your teams as they decide whether to grant applications, respecting the needs of public privacy and safety. You will manage external relationships to find legally-sound solutions to stakeholders’ requests.

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 other public authorities.

Reporting directly to the COO, you will use management information to monitor performance, and you will continually seek ways to improve OCDA’s capabilities. This will include managing risks and ensuring that any legislative, policy and strategic changes are adopted by your teams.

With exceptional people management and communication skills, you will ensure all staff benefit from your knowledge of the Investigatory Powers Act and the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data Code of Practice. You will identify and support potential within your teams, and have the capacity to see the bigger picture and make time-sensitive decisions under pressure.

This is a unique opportunity to shape OCDA’s processes, procedures and operational capabilities – and define its future. You will have the opportunity to lead career-defining projects and benefit from a generous package of industry-leading training and development. 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 which is required before joining; you must also be eligible and willing to undergo DV Clearance at a later date.

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