Board Member sought for the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) Management Board

Vacancy Description

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is seeking to appoint a non-executive board member to serve on its Management Board. 

The Department’s non-executive board members exercise their role through influence and advice, supporting as well as challenging the Executive team. The non-executive shall:

  • Sit on the Departmental Board, chaired by the Permanent Secretary for the NIO;
  • Advise on performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the Department;
  • Provide independent scrutiny for the Department upon request;
  • Advise on cross-government initiatives and policies;
  • Work with the executive team to continue to improve the performance of the Department; and
  • May be asked to chair other relevant Departmental committees.

Person Specification

Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate the following qualities or skills:

  • Proven senior leadership in the private, public or voluntary sectors, with Board-level experience.
  • Understanding of the key challenges faced by the NIO.
  • Awareness of the changing role of the public sector.
  • Experience of risk, performance and financial management.
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life http://www.public-standards.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/the-seven-principles  .

Successful candidates must also have detailed expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Board-level experience of sound financial management, approving and scrutinising the allocation of resources to achieve plans using clear, consistent, comparable performance information. Good understanding of the role of audit and other controls in the financial sphere.
  • Significant experience of performance management, developing leadership, succession planning and staff engagement within an organisation.
  • Significant experience of assessing and managing risks with a public interest element.
  • Experience of transforming business processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness at significantly lower cost.

Additional Information

  • The Northern Ireland Office has offices in London and Belfast. The successful candidate must be able to attend regular meetings in either location. Occasional travel and overnight stays will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to have, or be willing to obtain security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance

How to Apply

Please enclose with your application:

  • The completed application summary form, including your personal statement (of no more than one side of A4 page) summarising your proven ability related to the person and job specifications. Your supporting statement should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria (including what you did to achieve a specific result);
  • Political and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Questionnaires; and
  • A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities).