Two Non-Executive Board Members
Government Internal Audit Agency
About the Role
This is an exciting opportunity to join a major cross-Government Agency with the ability to deliver cross Government insight.
We are looking to appoint two experienced and highly skilled professionals to join our Agency Board, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) and Nominations and Remuneration Committee (NRC) from January 2021.
Our Board ensures appropriate oversight and governance of the Agency’s strategy, plans, performance and risks by providing advice and challenge to the Chief Executive as Accounting Officer. The Board also provides advice and makes recommendations, where necessary, to the Agency’s sponsor (HM Treasury).
Non-executive board members advise on performance (including agreeing key performance indicators), operational issues (including the operational / delivery implications of development proposals), and on the effective management of the Agency. They also provide support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of the agency corporate plan, and in relation to recruiting, appraising and ensuring appropriate succession planning of senior executives. They form the committees responsible for audit and risk assurance, and nominations and remuneration. They exercise their role through influence and advice, supporting as well as challenging the executive.
The Agency Board meets six times per year. The ARAC membership is made up of the three Non-Executive Board Members and meets 4 times per year. The NRC membership is also currently the three Non-Executive Members and meets twice a year.
The Agency’s governance structures and functions are supported by a small governance team led by the Board Secretary.
The terms of reference for the Agency Board is included at Annex A. Further guidance on the role of Non-Executives can be found in the Corporate governance in central government departments: code of good practice and the Audit and risk assurance committee handbook.
To advise the Agency effectively, the Non-Executive Director is required to:
-Provide independent counsel, support and constructive challenge to the Executive.
-Maintain oversight of the Agency’s operational effectiveness and its relationship with other bodies, including appropriate and constructive relationships with customers and stakeholders.
-Contribute to the development of the Agency’s strategic objectives, ensuring that they are reflected in its plans and regularly reviewed.
-Monitor the performance of the executive team, who form the Executive Committee, challenging them on the delivery of the Agency’s business and corporate plans.
-Provide assurance of the highest standards of corporate governance and public accountability.
Skills and Experience
To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria below.
-A record of achievement and personal effectiveness at a senior level, with an ability to operate effectively on the -Agency Board and sub-committees.
-Ability to contribute to the long-term strategy, development and success of the Agency.
-Provide effective scrutiny and challenge to the Executive and to hold them to account for the delivery of performance and strategy.
-Excellent communication skills, sound judgement and the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management.
-An understanding of the importance of sound governance and internal control, including risk management, with a record of achievement at a senior level.
-Demonstrable interest in the work of GIAA and the challenges it faces acting as an advocate of the Agency in senior fora.
Candidates should also be able to demonstrate how they meet at least one of the following desirable criteria:
-Experience of business transformation and change management, ideally enabled by digital technology, gained through senior experience.
-Experience in an organisation with a large and complex customer portfolio.
-Experience as a member of an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
-Experience of financial management and control at senior executive level.
Conflicts of Interest
Given the nature of the Government Internal Audit Agency’s work and its commercial relationship with Government Departments, applicants with an existing, ongoing role in a Central Government Department (either as an Executive or Non Executive) will be deemed as having a irreconcilable conflict of interest and would not be eligible to be considered unless they proposed to step down from that position if successful. However, those with roles in Central Government Arms’ Length Bodies will be considered on the basis of the reduced scale and proximity of relationship.
Please see attachment for more details.
How to Apply
For us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:
-A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the criteria in the person specification
-Equal opportunities monitoring form – this form will not be disclosed to the panel involved in assessing your application but will be used to monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment process
-Political activity form
-Conflicts of interest declaration
-Details of any public appointments currently held
-Names and contact details of two referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview
Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 are enclosed in a combined Monitoring Forms document
Please email all the above required application documents to: GIAARecruitment@giaa.gov.uk. Due to ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one being present in the office please contact GIAA Recruitment who will provide advice if you are unable to use email to submit an application.
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