Data Protection Manager - 6 month FTC

  • OVO Energy
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Sep 07, 2021

Job Description

Role: 6 month Fixed-term contract

Location: We're flexible with where you're based from, but you need to be comfortable travelling to our Bristol/London offices from time to time.

We launched in 2009 with a mission to change energy for the better. Since then, we’ve welcomed over a million members, planted a million trees, and set our sights on helping save the planet.

As a Group, we’re working to become a net zero carbon business by 2030, while helping our OVO Energy members halve their carbon footprints at the same time. 

Green energy and technology are great tools to fight the climate crisis with. But it’s people power that will rewrite history.  

So we’re building a zero carbon team inside and out. Of people who share our values, feel inspired by our mission, and want to make change happen. When you work for OVO, it’s not just a job. It’s the work of a lifetime. And we want the sharpest minds to help. 

Up for the challenge


Where in the world of OVO will I be working? 

The Data Protection Team sits within the Regulation and Compliance area - a growing, tight-knit bunch of individuals who are passionate about building something more than your average in-house compliance function.  You will also work closely with OVO’s legal and information security teams.

Much like OVO itself we believe things can be done differently – and better.  We believe there’s more to life than “ticking-the-box” and being called only when something goes wrong.  The Regulation and Compliance team are at the front line with everyone else working towards OVO’s vision and goals, truly integrated in the OVO business.


What will I be doing?

You will be working closely with senior management and teams across OVO to:

  • Provide data protection compliance advice and support to the business;
  • Raise awareness throughout the organisation, including supporting the design and organisation of training; 
  • Support the  investigation and management of data protection incidents; 
  • Support the completion of data protection impact assessments;
  • Support our retail product and marketing teams in relation to new proposition development;
  • Support the maintenance of the data protection policies and procedures, including website privacy policies;
  • Support the management of centralised documentation of our activities in relation to data processing, data sharing and data storage;
  • Advise on legal and regulatory restrictions in respect of personal data location, cross border data transfers and personal data access restrictions/requirements;


Is this the job for me? 

OVO is a dynamic, innovative and fast-paced business that operates in a highly regulated industry where the rules are complex and constantly evolving.  In this environment it's crucial that our compliance, legal & risk teams strike the perfect balance between technical precision and commercial agility.  

Every team member therefore takes pride in applying highly commercial and constructive analysis, building positive relationships both within the business and externally, and ultimately being courageous in finding a way to achieve our vision and goals. 

Although we're always willing to consider a wide range of candidates, as a guide the successful candidate is likely to have the following experience level and skills: 

Ideally you will have:

  • Proven experience within a Data Protection Manager role - preferably in a complex and growing business.
  • Detailed Knowledge of GDPR and associated regulations, and experience in practically applying those regulations.
  • Experience in translating complex legislation or regulatory guidance into specific and clear business-focused guidance.
  • Some crisis management skills
  • High level of direct contact and autonomy with business colleagues / clients.
  • Knowledge of IT systems, processes, and information security practices.
  • Highly commercial and constructive problem solving abilities. The OVO compliance, legal & risk teams pride themselves on ‘finding a way’.
  • Highly responsive and proactive – we build bridges as well as fight fires.
  • Strong, articulate communicator – written and oral.  You're able to communicate effectively with internal partners, data protection authorities and customers where appropriate. 
  • Great teammate who can also work comfortably autonomously. 
  • Ability to juggle a full workload and rapidly shifting priorities.
  • A well-rounded personality with the capacity to work effectively with others from a wide range of professional and non-professional backgrounds.
  • Sound common-sense judgement and a willingness to operate out of his or her comfort zone.


From us you’ll get*

  • An annual discretionary bonus
  • 4% of your salary to spend on flexible lifestyle benefits
  • 5% matched employer contribution to your pension
  • 25 days holiday + 1 for your birthday
  • And many more... 

(*) Please note that certain benefits kick-in once you have passed probation which can be up to 6 months after your start date.


We want the best people 

At OVO, we empower our people to have choice around where and when they work - flexible working arrangements can be discussed for all of our roles. Please speak to the Talent Acquisition team for more info.

We’re keen to meet people with varied backgrounds - our view is the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We want to build teams which represent a variety of experiences, perspectives and skills, and we recognise talent on the basis of merit and potential.

We understand some people may not apply for jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure… we'd love to hear from you.

Learn more about working in the OVO family of companies on our careers page and Glassdoor. We’re also delighted to have received a Top Employers certificate in 2018, 2019 and 2020!

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