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Data and Information Manager (Dorset County Hall)

Salary details: £37568 - £43570

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Libraries & Archives
Salary details
£37,568- £43,570
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Samuel Johnston
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 228929
Closing Date
02 October 2022 11:00 PM
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Data and Information Manager

37 hours

Salary £37,568- £43,570

Dorset County Hall, combined with home-working

What’s in it for you:

Dorset Council has an exciting leadership opportunity to drive transformation change within our Records Management Service. We are seeking a full-time Data and Information Manager; are you professionally qualified, proactive and passionate about information and data? Can you lead our RM service and collaborate with other service leads to embed best practice with systems, processes and people? If so, we want to hear from you!
Our ambition is to deliver digital-first, modern service that supports our organisation in embedding a fresh records management culture, introduce automated ways of working and achieve efficiencies for all Dorset Council teams. This is an exciting time to be joining the service. This role will have a real and positive impact on the council.
Dorset is a great place to live, work and visit with 95 miles of coastline much of it comprising the renowned Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are a young, ambitious unitary council embracing innovation and serving communities of over 375,000 residents providing over 450 services. We offer significant employee benefits with wellbeing at the heart of a workplace culture which is friendly, collaborative and creative with strong support for continual learning and development.
This is a re-advertisement. For the right candidate there will be assistance with relocation and the starting salary for the role will be open to negotiation.

What you can expect to be doing:

The successful candidate will get involved with all the council's wide-ranging functions across four directorates. They will act as Dorset Council's records management subject expert, planning and managing resources across the team. Reporting to the Service Manager for Archives and Records the Data and Information Manager will join a supportive and inclusive leadership team that spans customer services, libraries, archives and records and actively encourages professional development. We work closely with colleagues in IT, Digital, Compliance and Business Intelligence to ensure that the council's data and information needs are met.
The Data and Information Manager will direct the work of the Records Management Service base at the Records Management Unit in County Hall Dorchester. The recently reorganised service has a core team of 3 other staff, 2 of which are professionally qualified. We are recruiting a further team of fixed-term project staff for a newly funded major records management project that will tackle the backlog of records resulting from Local Government Reorganisation in 2019 and will shape the RM service as it becomes digitally-focussed.
The service deals with a wide range of corporate customers and is highly collaborative in nature, working with colleagues across the authority to promote efficient records management practices. The Data and Information Manager will develop and deliver the RM service plan and work in multi-disciplinary teams to design systems and processes for the project. 

About you:

You will have experience of working in a records or archives environment. If you have not managed people before you will be keen to develop these skills and will be supported in doing so. You will have experience of pragmatically applying your knowledge of relevant recordkeeping legislation, codes of practice and standards to systems and projects in a large or complex organisation.
You will require a flexible and innovative approach with excellent project management, communication and advocacy skills. You will ideally have skills and experience or knowledge of digital RM systems and information technology.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life and currently have a variety of working patterns across the team. We do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including working from home, compressed hours, job shares and other arrangements. Please let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if these are options you would like to explore.

Additional Information:

A Driving license is desirable

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information. It will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders.

Relocation expenses package

A generous relocation package is payable, of which up to £8,000 (of HMRC eligible elements) are free of tax. We can offer you help to move whether you are looking to buy or rent, depending on your circumstances.

Our package includes:

  • an initial advance of up to £2,500 payable when you start
  • help towards fees associated with buying/selling (up to £6,500)
  • an option to receive help towards your rent or mortgage in the first two years

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

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