Data Protection Officer

Job Title: Data Protection Officer
Location: Dublin


Job Summary

This role will provide accurate, timely and commercially focused advice on Data Protection and privacy issues, ensuring that all our business units are compliant with all existing and future Data Protection and privacy-related obligations impacting on our activities, and minimising regulatory interference on the business.

The Data Protection Officer will be the primary interface for Liberty Insurance with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner whilst delivering on the overall Data Protection strategy for the business. The role offers excellent exposure to all areas of the business and the opportunity to interact with Senior Management and also great international reach.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Plays a key role in managing the Liberty Insurance compliance programme in advance of the GDPR Regulation
  • Key point of contact for the business with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and any data protection queries from consumers and the business
  • Review and update the data protection strategy for the company incorporating all business units
  • Work collaboratively with the Business in conjunction with Compliance and Risk departments to develop and drive implementation across the business of best practices, procedures, tools and checklists to support the implementation of GDPR data protection programme
  • Manages investigations and complaints from the Data Protection Commissioner
  • To evaluate the existing data protection framework and identify where necessary, areas of non and partial compliance and designs appropriate corrective action and implements appropriate remedies
  • Maintaining comprehensive records of all data processing activities conducted by the company, including the purpose of all processing activities, which must be made public on request
  • Oversight of Liberty Insurance policies, processes and controls relating to risk and compliance of Data Protection
  • Advising the business on controls based monitoring and supporting the delivery of controls across the business
  • Provide Data Protection guidance to the business on key projects and initiatives to ensure compliance
  • Manages escalated queries from all parts of the business, taking them to resolution by developing effective solutions
  • Manages privacy impact assessments, privacy by design, subject access requests, data retention, international data transfer management, data breaches, third party management and ensuring that the business is advised appropriately on compliant solutions
  • Regularly monitoring compliance with GDPR
  • Providing advice of data privacy impact assessments
  • Produces regular status reports for the senior management team, summarising key data protection issues
  • Keep up to date on all relevant data protection, industry, best practice, case law, legislative and regulatory developments, and analyse the impact on the company. Provide advice/ guidance to the business to aid with implementation
  • Delivery of data protection awareness courses across the business. Develop materials and tools that support education, training and awareness
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts globally to achieve a cohesive approach to Data Protection
  • Inputs to relevant industry discussions and consultations which relate to Data Protection matters and associated regulatory compliance
  • Work collaboratively with the external Data Protection community, building up a network of contacts and advisors
  • Ensure that the Liberty Insurance data privacy practices are communicated in a positive and consistent manner to all customers, both external and internal



  • Legal, ACOI or relevant data protection qualification or working towards same.
  • A relevant Data Protection qualification (CIPT, CDPO, CIPP etc) would be very desirable, though not mandatory


Experience & Knowledge

  • At least 4-5 years’ experience in a data protection role or in a compliance role with data protection responsibilities. Extensive experience engaging with Data Protection Authorities
  • Expert knowledge of national and European data protection law and practices, an in-depth and detailed knowledge of GDPR as well as a good knowledge of the general Irish & European legal context in which Irish & European data protection law sit
  • Knowledge of general insurance sector, products, services, classes of insurance including underlying legal principles and practices
  • Strong understanding of insurance operational processes, information systems and data security
  • Ability and experience to interpret complex regulatory requirements, and apply these in a practical and proportionate way
  • Ability to make/take calculated decisions and to think forward and act accordingly
  • Ability to act independently
  • Ability to promote a strong data protection culture
  • Excellent management skills and the ability to interface easily with staff at all levels as well as outside authorities
  • Project management and ability to solve problems with good analytical skills
  • Experience of working with senior stakeholders and ability to influence Senior, Executive Management and Board members



  • Ability to communicate effectively and assertively, verbally and in writing, to clearly express logically reasoned ideas and also the ability to deliver public presentations
  • Consumer focused
  • Ability to work well in multi disciplined and/or cross functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to make sound judgments under tight deadlines
  • Results driven, forward thinking and a solution finder
  • High level of integrity and professional ethics


Please note that the Fitness & Probity Standards will apply to the successful candidate.


Liberty Insurance is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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Alternatively, if you require further information on this vacancy, please contact our
Human Resources Department on +353 (0)1 553 4060.