Data Protection Graduate Business Partner for Data Privacy Advisory Service

  • Job Reference: GBP 6503
  • Date Posted: 16 November 2022
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £24,000 to £26,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent, Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary

The Data Privacy Advisory Service (DPAS) has an opportunity for a recent graduate who wants to launch their career in data protection.  You will support a team of Data Protection Officers and will be involved in various activities including processing data subject rights requests, reviewing documentation on behalf of clients, and processing requests for personal information.

This role is part of the Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme and offers a full-time, permanent contract with flexible hours and hybrid working.  You will have access to a competitive range of benefits including professional development opportunities and accreditation.

The Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) Scheme is a University of Exeter managed scheme to connect recent graduates with recommended employers in the Southwest and beyond. The scheme is open to all graduates who have studied at a UK based university in the last 3 years. There are benefits offered to you in addition to those from the employer, these include: 

  • Access to the University of Exeter's Career Mentor Scheme - one of the largest and most successful mentoring schemes in the UK
  • Access to learning and development resources through My Career Zone Digital
  • Invitations to quarterly networking and development events through The Graduate Network, exclusively for GBPs and their line managers

To learn about all the latest GBP roles, you can join the mailing list for the weekly GBP Bulletin by emailing the team at 

Key Dates

Application Closing Date: 6/12/22

Interview Date: w/c 12/12/22

Start Date: January 2023

This is a permanent role

Salary: £24,000-£26,000 per annum

Purpose of the Role

The purpose of this role is to provide support to our data protection team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will be involved in processing data subject rights requests.
  • You will be reviewing documentation on behalf of clients, processing requests for personal information, and assisting and supporting the release of data. This will include redacting personal information from sometimes complex documents ready for release. Full training will be given.
  • You will also be responsible for assisting the Data Protection Officers in all day-to-day duties, in your role as part of the Privacy Team.
  • You will get involved in our many data protection projects, from supporting the drafting of policies, to risk analysis, project management, and general clerical duties.

You will be responsible for:

  • Redacting Subject Access Requests on behalf of our clients.
  • Supporting the Data Protection Officers with clients.
  • Providing admin support to members of our team.
  • Supporting in any data protection projects.

Training and Development - What Skills and Experience will this Opportunity Provide?

Throughout your time working with DPAS you will be given the opportunity of multiple training opportunities, including BCS certified courses, and an industry recognised apprenticeship in information governance.

Support Available

You will be provided with:

  • Regular meetings with the line manager/wider team
  • On-the-job training

You will also be offered:

  • A ‘How to Make the Most of your Internship’ guide
  • Access to the University of Exeter’s Career Mentor Scheme
  • Access to professional Career Consultants

The Benefits to You

  • Medical Insurance
  • Office Peloton which you can use during your working day.
  • Fully stocked drinks fridge.
  • 25 days holiday per year + bank holidays.
  • Additional free holiday days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Yearly bonus scheme.
  • Yearly pay reviews.
  • Apprenticeships & training course opportunities.
  • Quarterly team events.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Hybrid working environment.
  • The University of Exeter’s Career Mentor Scheme
  • 1:1 support from the Internships Team
  • Online training & development courses via My Career Zone Digital  
  • A ‘how to make the most of your internship’ guide
  • You will be invited to ‘The Graduate Network’ events exclusively for GBP’s and their line managers.

About You (Person Specification)

Degree and Attainment

  • You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of or interest in, data privacy law and regulation.
  • You should have graduated from a UK-based university within the last 3 years


  • Must be a self-starter and able to work autonomously.
  • Organisation and prioritisation skills.
  • Ability to manage a high volume of tasks to demanding timelines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • A professional and can-do attitude
  • Process-driven
  • Approachable manner
  • Resilient and assertive
  • Energetic and personable
  • Willingness to learn and develop
  • Ethically driven


Good to have but not essential:

  • Experience working in a compliance or information governance department.
  • Experience working with data protection and the GDPR.
  • Experience of working in a process-driven environment.

Prior Experience

We value essential skills such as interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence.  Experience of team sports or activities involving others would strengthen your application.

About the Company

The Data Protection Advisory Service (DPAS) is a market leader providing flexible and pragmatic data protection and data strategy services to public and private sector organisations. Our company is headed by a team of highly qualified Data Protection Officers with decades of experience between them. Due to ongoing expansion, we are looking for a Data Protection Assistant/Information Governance Officer to join our team.

Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) Scheme Requirements

  • To undertake a graduate role through the GBP scheme, you must have either achieved your degree or be in your final year at any UK-based university.
  • If you are in your final year, your working hours may be reduced to 15 hours per week (for undergraduates) or 6 hours per week (for postgraduates) to ensure you have the capacity to successfully complete your degree. More hours can be completed if your academic agrees and provides written confirmation.
  • If you do not pass your degree, the GBP role will end early.
  • You must have graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity. 
  • Learn about the university’s commitment to the Disability Confident scheme here
  • At the time of starting employment, the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK and evidence must be provided in advance of the appointment.  Examples of suitable evidence can be found in the Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK guide. Candidates should continue to have permission for the duration of the GBP contract. This includes British citizens, individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status; and those with a Graduate Route Visa.
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.

How to Apply

  • Click APPLY NOW to download and complete the attached Internship Application Form. CVs cannot be accepted. 
  • Guidance and useful tips for completing your application are found on the Internship Application Form.  
  • Refer to the job details contained within the advert when writing your personal statement. 
  • Use the STAR approach to evidence each requirement in the Person Specification.  
  • You should insert the correct reference code on the application form: GBP 6503
  • Please save your Internship Application Form as ‘your name - GBP 6503’   
  • The University is a Disability Confident employer and as such this policy applies to recruitment through GBP Scheme. Applicants who identify a disability on the application form will be offered an interview if their application demonstrates they meet the essential criteria. Please also include details of any reasonable adjustments you may need for an interview or to undertake the role.  
  • You should explain why you would like to work for the employing organisation and why you think you would be a suitable candidate for this role.  
  • Send your completed application (not by OneDrive) to, with the reference code: GBP 6503 in the subject bar of your email, by the closing date. 

Further Guidance and Support

  • (Exeter graduates only) You can refer to the My Career Zone Digital resources on application and interview preparation here.
  • (Exeter graduates only) If you need support with your application, you can book an appointment with a Careerzone Advisor by emailing (Exeter) / (Penryn).
  • Unless stated, interview expenses will not be paid.
  • It is recommended that you check your online presence on social media to ensure it represents you well, as some employers may undertake online research of their applicants.
  • If you have any questions, you can email the Internships Team at