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Communications Business Partner

Information Commissioner's Office
Wilmslow, Cheshire
£49,549 pa plus civil service pension and excellent benefits
Closing date
14 May 2021
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The work of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has never been more relevant. As an independent regulator, we uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. In the last year we have been involved in important issues ranging from intrusive technology to the privacy implications of managing the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Our work is interesting and immensely rewarding and our Corporate Communications department plays a key role in our success – developing communications strategies, plans and activities to support the ICO’s ambitions and objectives. To further grow our service, we are seeking three Communications Business Partners (CBPs) to join our flexible and well-networked team. 

About the role 

The ICO holds a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors. We regulate the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws, support and enable digital innovation, provide direct advice to the public and are at the forefront of information rights policy development. Our international team is responsible for engaging with data protection and information regulators all over the world. 

CBPs serve as the strategic communications lead for our services, ensuring effective collaboration and coordination between Corporate Communications and the wider organisation.  

CBPs provide high-quality communications advice, challenge and support to our Executive Team, Directors and senior managers, across all communications disciplines – ensuring that the most effective communication strategies and approaches are deployed. They lead the development of integrated communication plans and the overarching communications strategy for their service areas, working with senior stakeholders to ensure our communications add value and impact to the delivery of objectives. 

About you 

You will have a strong record in a senior communications role, including management experience, and a sound working knowledge of communications disciplines and methodologies – from writing strategies, planning and research through to delivery and evaluation. You’ll have excellent interpersonal and hands-on communications skills, drawing on your personal effectiveness and project management experience to deliver high-quality results. A proven ability to organise, prioritise and delegate effectively is crucial – as is the ability to create clear communications, including copy, relevant to our audiences. 

The ICO’s headquarters are in Wilmslow (Cheshire). However, we may be able to offer some flexibility of location.  The majority of our staff are currently working remotely in line with Government guidelines.

Further details of the role, responsibilities and person specification are set out in the attached copy of the Job Description and Person Specification. 

How to apply 

Please complete our online application form and submit prior to the closing date of: 23:59, 14 May 2021. 

Interviews are expected to be held via Microsoft Teams the week commencing 31 May 2021.  

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office?

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy:

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
  • Civil Service Pension arrangements.
  • 25 days' paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
  • Extra "privilege" days in addition to normal public holidays.
  • Compressed working hours options.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Colleague assistance scheme.
  • Access to many discounted products and services.
  • Welfare and family-friendly policies.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.

Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.  

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit our Careers page on

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances.

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

At the ICO we support a number of flexible working arrangements and we are happy to discuss your personal needs or preferences during the recruitment process.

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