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Virgin Media O2 • United Kingdom

Senior Data Protection Manager

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

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Job Description

As a senior data protection manager, you will be part of a high performing, supportive data protection team on a mission to develop our data protection culture and practices for the good of our people, our customers, and our business.

In this role you will lead or support a wide range of data protection advisory and compliance activities, and you will operate at all levels across the business. Your focus will be on leveraging insights from our compliance monitoring program to develop new policies, standards, and organisational controls and to work with business units to drive improvements to our control environment.

Who we are

The UK’s fastest broadband network. The nation’s best-loved mobile brand. And, one of the UK's biggest companies too.

Diverse, hard-working teams - jam packed with serious talent. Together, we offer the UK more choice and better value, through our boundary-pushing, customer-championing values and ambitions.

Together, we are Virgin Media O2, and we can't wait to see what you can do.

Accessible, inclusive and equitable for all

Virgin Media O2 is an equal opportunities employer and we're working hard to remove bias and barriers for our people and candidates. So, we build equity and inclusion into everything we do, from the policies we craft to the relationships we shape. We support and encourage you to be your authentic self throughout your application journey with us.

The must haves

To be considered, you must have the following experience;

  • Excellent working knowledge of UK data protection law (including Data Protection Act 2018, UK GDPR and PECR).
  • Substantial experience delivering data protection compliance programs in a digitally enabled business to consumer organisation.
  • Exceptional communication skills with the presence and willingness build strong working relationships across and outside the business.
  • Thought leadership with strong collaborative instinct to drive pragmatic achievable solutions.
  • IAPP CIPP/E, CIPM or CIPT or equivalent certification is desirable.
  • Experience of working with the Information Commissioner’s Office is desirable.

The other stuff we are looking for

As a senior data protection manager, you will;

  • Support the implementation of our data protection compliance framework and program to ensure it meets all legal and regulatory data protection requirements and the organisational needs of the business.
  • Conduct periodic compliance reviews to identify issues and recommend actions or controls that improve our operational effectiveness and reduce risk.
  • Produce compliance reports for senior leaders and operational managers and participate in our data protection governance, risk, and control committees.
  • Review and develop policies, standards, and guidance to help the business comply with relevant legal and regulatory obligations and new technical developments.
  • Develop and deliver data protection awareness training and materials.
  • Provide expert analysis and advice on a range of data protection matters including data protection impact assessments, individual rights, and compliance risks.
  • Collaborate with incident response teams to ensure privacy incidents are assessed, categorised, recorded, and responded to in line with our legal and regulatory obligations and recommend actions to prevent recurrence.

What's in it for you

Our goal is to celebrate our people, their lives and everything in-between. We aim to create a culture that empowers everyone to bring the best versions of themselves to work each and every day. We believe the most inclusive and diverse culture makes for a better business and a brighter world.

Working at Virgin Media O2, you get a bumper reward package bursting with benefits, and loads of extras you can add if you’d like to. These are designed to support both you and your loved ones, making sure that you’re covered no matter what life throws your way.

Next steps

If we feel like a place where you can belong, we'd love to learn more about you as a person and your experience to date. Once you've submitted an application the next steps of the process, if successful, are likely to include a personality profile test followed by a technical and competency based interview.

When you apply, you'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you. Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining the Virgin Media O2 family.


Company benefits

Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 14 weeks at full pay
Adoption leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Shared parental leave
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Teambuilding days
Open to part time work for some roles
Mental health platform access
Birthday off
Carer’s leave
Meditation space
Faith rooms
In office catering
Volunteer days
Employee discounts
Open to job sharing
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
Life assurance
Financial coaching
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Virgin Media O2

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Flexible; Primary Locations Hammersmith & Reading

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023

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