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Data Protection Officer (“DPO”)

Salary: £43,000 FTE

Base:  Edinburgh, Scotland (pending office move from St Andrews)

Hours: Part time/flexible

Benefits: 10% pension contribution, 33 days annual leave FTE

About Worldwide Cancer Research

There are a million reasons to support Worldwide Cancer Research. We fund lifesaving cancer research projects in the UK and across the world. We fund exceptional researchers around the globe who are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We do all of this to look after people, your people – whether it’s your mum, your gran, your brother, your husband, your neighbour or that friend you haven’t seen in years…

In the 40 years since Worldwide Cancer Research was founded in St Andrews, Scotland, research has helped double cancer survival rates. It has led to better ways to prevent, diagnose and stop cancer sooner, as well as kinder, more effective treatments. However, the search for answers can’t stop here.

Because cancer affects almost everyone at some stage in their lives – whether you are one of the estimated 1 in 2 people in the UK diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, or one of those forced to watch a much-loved friend or family member undergoing treatment. Because even in 2018, one person dies of cancer every four seconds worldwide. Because every day, millions of lives are still turned upside down by cancer.

We know the answers to cancer will not be found by one scientist, in one lab, in one country. Instead, we take a global approach to solving a local problem - because cancer touches people in your city, your street, your family, but the answers could be found anywhere in the world. Cancer knows no boundaries and, in outsmarting it, neither should we.

If we don’t invest in the ideas of today, we risk losing the cures of tomorrow.

Help us search the world for lifesaving answers to cancer.

The Role

At Worldwide Cancer Research we value each and every one of our supporters and take our obligations to them seriously. We are seeking a qualified and experienced DPO to champion the security, safeguarding and accuracy of our supporters’ personal data so that it is used in line with their wishes and expectations.

The DPO will oversee the charity’s obligations in the collection, processing, control and security of personal data.  They will ensure ongoing compliance with current and future data protection regulations and sector good practice, proactively providing support, advice, training and guidance to all colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in a similar role, ideally in the charity sector, with excellent people skills and confidence in communicating.   A sound working knowledge of CRM and other data storage systems and understanding of data processing and use will be essential.

If this sounds like the role for you, more information can be found in the job description and person specification, by following the link below:   Data Protection Officer

If you wish to apply please email the following to Paula Cahill, at

  • A covering letter outlining the skills and expertise you would bring to this role
  • A short CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • For administrative purposes, can you please state where you saw the job advertised.

Closing date for applications is:  6 August 2018

Interviews will be held in St Andrews during the week commencing 13 August 2018

For informal enquiries, please contact Paula Cahill, Human Resources and Administration Manager ( or 0300 777 7910).

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Worldwide Cancer Research will hold applicant data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of that period your data is deleted or destroyed.