Non Executive Directors – The Utility Regulator

CLOSING DATE 16TH NOVEMBER 2018

The Utility Regulator is the non-ministerial government department responsible for regulating the electricity and gas industries and water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland, to protect the short- and long-term interests of consumers.

The Department of Finance is seeking to appoint new members to the Board of the Utility Regulator to replace outgoing members  over the next 12 months. The terms of appointment will be for a single, non-renewable term of seven years. The expected time commitment amounts to approximately twenty days per year. The posts carry an annual remuneration of £9,712 and travel and  subsistence expenses will be paid at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.  

As a Board member you will be part of an organisation that exists to protect the interests of NI’s energy and water consumers. You will be expected to contribute to decisions that matter to all consumers. This may include decisions that impact on the bills  paid by consumers. Making sure that there are competitive markets which work in the consumer interests will also be a key area and the Integrated Single Electricity Market, meeting the power needs of consumers in both parts of the island of Ireland and worth over €2 billion, was launched on 1st October 2018. As part of an organisation that regulates utilities worth over £3 billion, you’ll be involved in making decisions on infrastructure investment that will bring benefits to NI now and in the future. This includes investment in the electricity grid; supporting the growth and development of the natural gas network across NI; and assisting in providing high quality water and sewerage services. You will also contribute to shaping the Utility Regulator’s approach to protecting vulnerable consumers through a programme of practical initiatives to support those most in need.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

(1) At least 5 years’ experience at a senior level* in:
a) a regulated electricity utility or generator, or gas utility with an understanding of energy markets; or
b) a regulated company from another utility sector, such as water, railways or telecommunications; or
c) an economic regulator that protects consumer interests **
and 
Have an understanding of how effective regulation contributes to the delivery of government priorities.
(2) Strategic decision making – experience at senior level* of evaluating information and making justifiable decisions to set the strategy for an organisation (for example, but not limited to, corporate finance).
(3) Delivering results and engaging people – experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver an organisation’s strategy.
(4) Corporate governance – ability to apply the principles and practice of corporate governance and an understanding of the roles of non-executive directors.

*experience at senior level includes taking decisions affecting the corporate body or organisation within which an individual is working, or providing detailed advice at Board level on such issues.
**Economic regulators protect the consumer interest by promoting effective competition where this is possible or by providing a proxy for competition where it is not meaningful to introduce competition. Regulation has typically capped the prices that dominant companies can charge in order to promote efficiency and fairness, while providing them a return on their assets and investments. In doing so, regulators have delivered significant benefits to consumers.

How to Apply

For more detailed information, including the duties and responsibilities of the post and the criteria to be used during the recruitment and selection process, please click on the Candidate Information Booklet link below.

In order to apply for this position, please click on the “Apply for this job online” link below to register to this vacancy and to submit an online application.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect,
PO Box 1089,
The Metro Building,
6-9 Donegall Square South,
Belfast, BT1 9EW.
Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.  Email: recruitment@hrconnect.nigov.net

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC232866

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 16 November 2018. 

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within Europe.  It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Belfast during December 2018.

Equality of Opportunity:  The Department is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependents.

As women and those with disabilities are underrepresented on the board, applications from these sections of the community would be particularly welcome.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast. BT1 9EW.

Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.

Email: recruitment@hrconnect.nigov.net

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC232866

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.

All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 16 November 2018.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within Europe.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Belfast during December 2018.

Equality of OpportunityThe Department is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependents

As women and those with disabilities are underrepresented on the board, applications from these sections of the community would be particularly welcome.