Element Materials Technology

Group Data Privacy Manager

Job Locations UK-Edinburgh


Element has an opportunity for a Group Data Privacy Manager to join its team. The successful candidate will support Element’s Group Legal team and business units. Element is one of the world’s leading providers of testing, inspection and certification services and operates out of 200 sites located in more than 30 countries.   This is a rewarding and varied role with a commercial focus will involve development, implementation and oversight of policies, procedures and practices necessary to ensure that Element complies with all applicable privacy laws and regulations and conforms to industry best practices.



  • Responsible for privacy by design and first point of contact for all privacy related matters
  • Provision of guidance related to privacy matters in partnership with Element’s Human Resources, Procurement, Information Security and Sales/Marketing teams
  • Chairing the Group Privacy Steering Committee
  • Monitoring compliance with the Group’s Policies and Procedures and providing updates on the data protection compliance programme to senior management
  • Responsible for data mapping, carrying out regular audits and maintaining the data register
  • Review or populate data processing agreements and EU standard contractual clauses
  • Updating and rolling-out of training to staff to raise awareness of data protection and foster a data privacy culture within the Group
  • Working with the Information Security team to ensure that systems and procedures comply with all relevant data privacy and protection laws, regulation and policy
  • Cooperating with relevant supervisory authorities including in the event of any data breach which may need to be notified to the relevant authorities and to individuals (and assist with containment and mitigation of the breach)
  • Advising in relation to data retention and deletion, particularly regarding HR files and employee data, including where held in offsite storage
  • Assisting in relation to M&A due diligence and data privacy integration workstreams
  • Supporting HR teams, including when responding to data subject requests and dealing with local regulators

Skills / Qualifications

  • Preferably hold at least one Data Protection and/or Privacy certification, such as CIPT/CIPM/CIPP
  • Experience as a Group Privacy Manager/Data Protection Officer or a similar compliance role
  • Expert knowledge of data privacy legislation including GDPR
  • Knowledge of cyber security risks and information security standards
  • Experience working in a multi-site international business would be preferable
  • Ability to audit data management systems would be an advantage
  • Strong analytical skills and judgement. Ability to work independently
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the UK on an occasional basis with notice
  • Proficient in IT and have strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong organisational skills, proactive and methodical, with good project management skills
  • Dependable, reliable and able to produce a consistently high quality/quantity of work


Company Overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 6,500 brilliant minds operating from 200 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.


When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.


While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.


Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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