JOB POST: Deputy Head of Enforcement @ Scottish Information Commissioner, St Andrews: Apply by Friday 22 [12 PM]

About the organisation:

The Scottish Information Commissioner promotes and enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the EIRs).

This legislation generates tens of thousands of information requests to Scotland’s public authorities each year.

If requesters are unhappy with the response they receive from authority, they can appeal to the Commissioner and he will decide whether the information should be disclosed. Around 500 appeals are made to the Commissioner each year.

These often involve high profile, controversial or sensitive matters.

Job description:

DHOEs provide essential support to the Commissioner in fulfilling his responsibilities.

You will manage the caseload of a team of investigators, giving guidance on individual cases and reviewing draft decisions to ensure they are well written, accurate and legally competent.

You will also handle complex enquiries and give advice to your team on responding to requests made to the Commissioner under FOISA, the EIRs and the General Data Protection Regulation/Data Protection Act 2018.


Your usual place of work is Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS, but you may be required to work at other locations from time to time as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent level of skill or knowledge.
  2. Work experience in a relevant discipline.
  3. Excellent drafting skills, including an ability to write legal documents.
  4. Experience of managing people.
  5. Experience of working in a regulatory/statutory-based environment.
  6. Knowledge of the structure and operation of public authorities.
  7. Excellent presentational and communication skills, including the ability to write for, or
    speak to, a range of audiences.
  8. Strong analytical and research skills.
  9. Excellent problem-solving skills, including the ability to use lateral thinking to come up with novel solutions to issues.
  10. Good interpersonal and team-working skills (including working with other teams)
  11. Able to build a confident, effective team that empowers, values and motivates people, managing workload and equality issues.
  12. Strong time-management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.
  13. Commitment to providing a high-quality service.
  14. Computer literate with a good working knowledge of and confidence in using Microsoft
    Word and Outlook and of carrying out internet research.
  15. LLB (or equivalent).
  16. Experience of electronic case management.
  17. Practical experience of working with FOISA, the EIRs, associated secondary legislation and Codes of Practice (or similar).
  18. Knowledge of the political, legal and practical issues around freedom of information.
  19. Practical experience of working with data protection legislation and how it impacts on FOISA and the EIRs (or similar).
  20. Knowledge of public authority records management.
  21. Good working knowledge of and confidence in using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel.

£42,066 (gross p.a.) on a scale rising to £52,679 (gross p.a.) (subject to review 01/04/19).

Contact info:

Margaret Keyse: Head of Enforcement, 01334 464610


Euan McCulloch: Deputy Head of Enforcement, 01334 464610


Official links:
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