Data Resilience Lead

Job Introduction

Lead the delivery of commercial, actionable and timely compliance advice and guidance globally in connection with the effective management, use and protection of company data with a particular focus on personal data. To drive a step change at WG&S towards robust, operationalised, measurable and integrated data protection and security providing the glue between Legal, Global Technology Service and the wider global business, underpinned by clear accountabilities to enable progress, risk ownership and facilitate decision making.

Main Responsibility

  • Lead the Data Governance & Security Group (DGDSG), identifying opportunities for improvement and developing a risk-based maturation plan for the global business and lead on the delivery of that plan.  Manage risk reporting up and down the business on data related issues.
  • As part of the overall programme design, develop and implement a comprehensive, compliance training and assurance plan to drive focus on compliance and culture change.
  • Report to the Executive Board on key risks, opportunities and progress in connection with the delivery of the GDPR compliance agenda.
  • Work closely with the Head of Information Security, the Legal Services Leadership Team and the GTS Leadership Team to identify priorities and provide advice and guidance on policy, strategy and project implementation and development.
  • Participate as a member of the Master Data Group by representing governance, risk and compliance issues as they pertain to information security and data resilience.
  • Lead on the ongoing development and usage of the WG&S Privacy Centre.
  • Spearhead the ‘data guardian’ initiative across the global business and champion and communicate effectively to the business to maximise engagement.
  • Ensure that all relevant issues are raised to the Legal Leadership Team, GTS Leadership Team, Head of information Security and the GTS Director and that they are considered and discussed at the appropriate forum and that the boards are aware of any material issues affecting the business units.
  • Deliver relevant data resilience training to the GTS leadership Team, the Legal Leadership Team and other Business Unit Leadership Teams and Boards to ensure that they are aware of the regulatory and legal environment in which they operate and the external threat landscape.
  • Develop and maintain a full and up to date suite of policies aimed at data resilience and protecting the long term legacy of WG&S.
  • Lead the compliance agenda for GDPR (and other relevant global Data Protection regulations) ensuring that the whole business is aware of its obligations in this regard and that appropriate monitoring takes place.
  • Lead the data protection input on the Digital agenda for the organisation with a view to enabling an agile response to the fast moving digital agenda and at all times ensuring that an appropriate risk based approach is taken to managing the Company’s position.
  • Manage the budget for support and tools to ensure that WG&S receives value for money in the purchasing of such services ensuring that the right resources are used balancing cost with quality, suitability and expertise. Manage external suppliers to ensure that they are delivering the services that are needed by the organisation and that they are committed to delivering value add services for the development of the Data Governance & Security Group (DGDSG)    

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in information security and/or data protection      including implementation data governance implementation and policy application    
  • Experience in change management and effective stakeholder engagement    
  • Experience in developing and rolling-out engaging and effective compliance training.
  • Excellent knowledge of reporting procedures and record keeping, investigations and breach reporting.
  • Methodical and diligent with outstanding planning abilities.
  • An analytical mind able to “see” the complexities of procedures and regulations
  • Excellent communication and influencing  skills.
  • Excellent Project management and risk management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent at relationship building with experience of influencing senior internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience in alcohol/beverage sector or advising other brand-led businesses would be advantageous
  • Law degree and licensed to practice law in a Common Law jurisdiction or in the UK and/or Certified qualification in Information security/ Privacy: - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) , or   Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)or equivalent industry qualification. 

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plan.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare and Doctor@Hand (remote GP service).
  • Our employees can join a defined contribution pension plan. Employees contribute either 4% or 5% of salary, the company contributes 8% or 10% depending on the employee contribution. Employee contributions can be made through salary sacrifice.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of eight times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allocation so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim up to £1,000 per year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive. If you have any questions or need some support with your application we’d love to hear from you. So please get in touch with our HR team at

William Grant & Sons


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