Head of Information Management

Job Category: IT
Reference HQ00019843
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial 3 months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £22.04 per hour

About the job:

We are recruiting on behalf of our client, Northamptonshire County Council, for a Head of Information Management role.

The primary function of this post is to lead and oversee the operation of strong Information Management across the council and to be the designated Data Protection Officer and manager of the FOI/IM Team. This involves a set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls which must to be developed, adopted and implemented across the Information Management and Governance function and the wider council.

Using the principles set down in the Information Management Strategy, you must be able to implement systems which both control and audit information on all media in such a way that it supports the council’s immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements. As DPO, you will also hold the relationship with the Information Commissioner.

This is a temporary role for an initial 3 Months with possibility of extension.

  • Work with various business partners to oversee and audit the internal and external information sets contained within the corporate wide information calendar, ensuring that the necessary systems and processes are in place to deliver against these information requirements safely and within current legislation and guidance.
  • Work with the Information Governance Officer to supervise and help deliver key aspects of the information governance framework such as administration of the IM Board, delivery of IM training, raising awareness and supporting good Information Management behaviours across the council.
  • Support the Information Governance Officer to develop and review the information sharing requirements across the council’s various partners ensuring that the appropriate standards are in place within the council for Information Governance and Data Security. These must ensure the maintenance of full and accurate records of service provided and that records are kept confidential secure and accurate.
  • Be the designated Data Protection Officer for the Council and the point of contact with the regulatory body, the Information Commission.
  • Horizon scan for changes in legislation and strategy from an Information Governance perspective and inform the senior management team of Business Information and Governance of the impacts, risks and actions needed to be managed or taken.
  • Manage the FOI/IM Team, providing support and undertaking performance management in compliance with all council policies and procedures.
  • Embed in every system the ability to analyse data to ensure that equality duties and accessibility requirements are corporately met.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of themselves and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.


  • Advanced level and understanding of information management systems and the importance of high-quality information and its use.
  • Experience of implementing information governance across a multi-disciplined area.
  • Experience of business process re-engineering/processing skills.
  • Knowledge of project management and project delivery.
  • Significant experience in data and knowledge management.
  • An understanding of how national government, local government and key partners operate.
  • Experience of delivering within complex organisational change and development environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of Data Protection Act and Principles.
  • Experience in managing a team, including performance.
  • Experience in being the designated DPO in a complex organisation, preferably in local or central government.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  •  Flexible working hours
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  •  Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications

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