Title: HEO Corporate Governance

Salary: €49,845 (entry level)

Level: Higher Executive Officer (Standard Scale)

Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Closing date: 12pm on 25th November 2020


The Role


The successful candidate will report to the Director of Corporate Affairs in delivering the key goals and objectives of the Business Unit. The wide breath of responsibilities within this unit requires close coordination and partnership with the team and across the organisation.


In accordance with the directions provided by the Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and administration of the corporate governance and in particular the GDPR functions of the Corporate Affairs unit work. They will assist the Unit Manager in monitoring adherence to GDPR standards. They will also assist to create policies that ensure compliance with legislation and may be required to deliver GDPR training to our staff to increase awareness of data protection measures.


To be successful in this role you should have in depth knowledge of GDPR and data protection laws. You will assist the facilitation of GDPR compliance through the development of data protection policies and the auditing of systems and procedures. The successful candidate must have the ability to work as part of a team to achieve the unit goals and the ability to work on their own initiative.



Key Responsibilities


  • Support the Director of Corporate Affairs and Team to oversee Data protection and Corporate Governance compliance.

  • Support the Unit in informing and advising SFPA and its employees with regards to their obligations under the GDPR and data protection legislation.

  • Act as point of contact for stakeholders, management and internal teams.

  • Provide advice and instructions on how to conduct Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs).

  • Analyse and prepare responses to subject access requests.

  • Write and update detailed guides on data protection policies.

  • Maintain and update corporate governance manual.

  • Take the lead in the creation and delivery of the Annual report.

  • Monitor changes to the law and guidance on all matters relating to data protection and corporate governance.

  • Provide direction in relation to all areas of data protection.

  • Arrange for training on GDPR and Corporate Governance compliance for employees.

  • Follow up with changes in law and issue recommendations to policies to ensure compliance

  • Strengthen corporate governance structures by developing and implementing policies and systems to maintain good governance.

  • Ensuring compliance with all corporate governance requirements and adherence by the SFPA with the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

  • Statutory Returns: Filing information to comply with requirements for periodic filing e.g. annual returns, reports, etc.

  • Monitor compliance with the GDPR through collecting information to identify processing activities, analysing and checking the compliance of processing activities and informing, advising and making recommendations to data controllers and processors.

  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders in the design and delivery of appropriate data management policies and procedures.

  • Support the drafting of guidance, training and awareness materials.

  • Establish and maintain a monitoring program and privacy and data protection controls framework.

  • Advise and liaise with key stakeholders in order to design and deploy appropriate data sharing and processing agreements and data protection policies where required taking full account of regulatory and legislative requirements.

  • Advise and contribute to internal education programmes, policies and procedures so that legal and regulatory risk relating to data protection is effectively managed in SFPA and that a culture of awareness and compliance with data protection requirements is fostered throughout the Authority.

  • Participation in all relevant working groups dealing with data processing activities within the organisation, and regular participation in meetings of senior management where decisions with data protection implications are taken.

  • The post holder will be responsible for acting on and fulfilling

  • requests received for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

  • Implementation and continued compliance with data protection policies and processes.

  • Developing and implementing practical advice to create efficiencies in data protection and Corporate Governance compliance processes. Providing training and assistance to staff and management on this matter.

  • Provide tailored training, advice and solutions to ensure continuous compliance throughout the SFPA.

  • Ensuring organisational readiness for future changes in legislation – anticipating and preparing for change in policy, process and procedure.

  • Responsibility for comprehensive maintenance of all data processing activities in line with GDPR and other relevant legislation/regulation.

  • Ensure data protection risks are identified and input into development of action plan to remedy.

  • Provide content for data protection and corporate governance information as required for internal and external communications.

  • To carry out such other duties as may be required from time to time.




Essential Entry Requirements


Candidates must meet the following essential requirements prior to their appointment:

  • Candidates, on the closing date for this competition, must hold or must be in the process of completing a minimum qualification of NFQ Level 7 in a relevant discipline.

  • A knowledge of the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, GDPR and Data Protection Legislation.

  • Possess 5 years experience working in a corporate governance/data protection environment.

  • Must have a proven track record and experience in data privacy and compliance.

  • Organisational, analytical and research skills important.

  • Understanding of IT and data security.

  • The person appointed must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact at all levels within the organisation.

  • Be diplomatic with an ability to handle multiple priorities. Be able to complete all tasks to a high standard.

  • Excellent organisational skills are essential.

  • Have a strong ethos of confidentiality.

  • Be self-motivated and prepared to be flexible when the occasion demands.

  • Be IT literate, and familiar with the following software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) at a minimum.



In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:

  • Fluent spoken and written English.

  • Possess an existing or demonstrate a desire to work towards achieving a qualification in Data Protection. In the event the successful candidate does not possess a relevant qualification in Data Protection, they will be required to under take a relevant qualification while in post.



It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.




Desirable entry requirements

  • Possess a qualification in Data Protection.

  • Experience of working with / as, or on-behalf of a Data Protection Officer.

  • Experience in public sector Corporate Governance and data protection.





Closing Date - CLOSED


Your application must be submitted on the online application portal by the 25th November 2020 by 12 noon (GMT) exactly. Applications will not be accepted after this time.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact SFPA@sigmar.ie


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