Freedom of Information Manager

Birmingham, West Midlands
Band E Lower: £39,918 to £43,908
09 Nov 2018
21 Nov 2018
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Grade: Band E Lower

Salary: £39,918 to £43,908

Closing Date: 22nd November 2018


About the Role:

This is a rare opportunity to join West Midlands Police as Freedom of Information Manager. Managing a team of five experienced FOI officers, you will lead the force’s response to the FOI Act dealing with around 200 new requests a month. The role also includes managing the force’s FOI web presence and related obligations, responding to appeals from the Information Commissioner’s Office and promoting transparency within the force.

FOI sits within the Corporate Communications Department and it’s essential that the manager works seamlessly with the force’s media team.  The FOI Manager also has to work closely with Information Management, and sits as a member of the Strategic Information Management Board and related committees.

The FOI Manager is part of Corporate Communications’ Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the Assistant Director in charge of the department.


Main Duties:

  • Ensure all FOI responses are compliant with legislation
  • Lead the effective proactive publication of information on the FOI section of the force website 
  • Enhance relationships with requestors at local, national and international level
  • Lead transparency matters relating to counter-terrorism across Midlands region
  • Ensures FOI requests are prioritised, managed appropriately and effectively responded to
  • Maximise transparency to increase trust and confidence
  • Work to the force values and vision
  • Attend internal and external meetings – including Gold meetings - to represent Freedom of Information and the wider department and give specialist strategic advice on transparency approaches and policy
  • Lead the FOI Unit and manage FOI Disclosure
  • Contribute to the Corporate Communications Senior Leadership Team
  • Play an active part in team and departmental meetings and regularly contribute towards continuous professional development.


About Us:  

Here at West Midlands Police, we serve almost 2.8 million people – making us the second largest Police Force in England. We’re in the middle of radically overhauling all aspects of the business with WMP2020 - a modernisation plan that’ll change the way we operate.

WMP is a large and diverse organisation where you can develop your skills, knowledge and career in an encouraging and flexible environment. We're able to offer you a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) with the option to purchase additional days
  • access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and wellbeing website
  • modern working environment in central Birmingham
  • opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme
  • the option to join a generous pension scheme

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 3rd December 2018. 

Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities” 


West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.   


Essential Requirements:


  • In-depth knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and associated legislation, guidance and codes of practice.
  • Substantial experience of providing advice and conveying complex messages to both internal and external audiences. 
  • Significant experience of constructing legal submissions in response to Information Tribunals or ICO appeals. 
  • Educated to degree level or have relevant experience. 

Desirable Requirements:

  • Substantial experience of leading and developing professional and customer-focused teams with specialist skills within an information disclosure/Freedom of Information environment. 
  • Significant experience of dealing with covert, sensitive and operationally important information. 
  • Experience of National Police Chief Council courses and relevant experience related to FOI and Disclosure. 
  • Experience of managing a team within an Information Disclosure environment. 
  • Experience of working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve outcomes and influence policy. 
  • Experience of appropriately handling potentially harmful information. 
  • Experience of representing organisations at tribunals.

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