Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils

Data Protection Officer/Senior Legal Officer

Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT
£26,511 - £33,782
07 Jan 2022
30 Jan 2022
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Malvern Hills District Council is a small, progressive local authority, situated in one of the country's most attractive areas, offering excellent opportunities to grow and develop along with competitive benefits.

We are continually looking for ways to improve and develop our services, and we currently have a number of shared service arrangements with other district councils in the Worcestershire area. The legal services team provides legal advice and support across all council functions for both Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council in Pershore. 

Data Protection Officer/Senior Legal Officer  

Up to £33,782 per annum (pro rata)

Depending Qualification and Experience

22.2 hours per week. 

We have a vacancy within the shared legal services team and we are looking for an individual who can demonstrate that they are keen and highly motivated, with excellent initiative and a flexible approach.  You must have good energy, and enthusiasm with a real desire to join our small but busy in-house  team and deal with a wide range of work.

The post will focus on assisting the Director of Legal and Governance as our Data Protection Officer and the Head of Legal Services  in undertaking all legal work for both Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council but with particular emphasis on the following areas:- Information Management and in particular Data Protection,  Town and Country Planning and Local Government Law and Practice.

The appointment will be made within the salary range depending upon qualifications and experience. Please see job description and person specification for further details.

This post will be based in Pershore, with travel to Malvern as required. 

Key Requirements: 

  • Two years relevant public sector experience
  • Degree Level education (a law degree, a certificate in GDPR or FOI or other suitable legal  qualification would be an advantage)
  • Fully mobile with access to transport
  • Flexible and adaptable approach with commitment to improving and developing the in-house legal service


Skills & Experience:

Experience of working in the public sector and in dealing with at least one of the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Data Protection/General Data Protection Regulations
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Local Government Law and Procedure
  • Local Authority licensing

In addition, the successful candidate will have the following skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to express complex issues clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Good team player
  • Sound judgement and good initiative
  • Ability to think beyond the pure legal 'text' and find practical solutions to problems
  • Good ICT skills

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Heather Peachey, Head of Legal Services on 01684 862348.

Closing date:  30 January 2022

Interviews:  11 February 2022

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