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Co-Chairperson of the Department for International Trade Sports Economy Sector Group

Location: London

Date Posted: 24/08/2020

Closing Date: 11/09/2020

A voluntary post.

Vacancy Description

The vacancy is for the Co-Chairperson of the DIT Sports Economy Sector Group, which meets 3-4 times a year and is made up of individuals from both the public and private sector. The Group’s role is to advise the DIT on its strategy, objectives and activities to develop overseas business for UK companies in the Sports Economy sector. The Group assists in facilitating, where appropriate, the formation of consortia to offer and enhance UK prospects, and generally seeks to raise the UK’s international profile in this sector.

The Chairperson’s duty will be to:

  • Preside at the meetings of the Sector Advisory Group;
  • Chair and lead high level meetings and promotional events in both the UK and overseas;
  • Identify and advise on major issues of concern which may require Departmental/ Governmental intervention

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria: 

•           A senior figure of standing within the sports economy industry with at least 5 years professional experience of the sports sector

•           Experience in chairing high-level committees making recommendations on strategy and/or funding priorities and the ability to lead and facilitate collective decision-making when chairing meetings.

•           Knowledgeable and experienced in terms of international business & export markets

•           Capable of strategic development and leadership to provide an international trade vision for the sports economy sector. Demonstrable experience in making similar high-level decisions.

•           Capable of providing an influential and authoritative representative role, on behalf of the sports economy sector, including in engaging with UK Ministers, senior officials, overseas Governments, and international organisations

•           Able to commit fully to the time requirements of the position, including attending all Sports Economy Group meetings, unless due to unforeseeable circumstances

Desirable Criteria

We also encourage candidates to demonstrate evidence of skills/experience/expertise in the following as possible:

  • Previous experience of involvement with major sporting events, held either in the UK or overseas

 

Additional Information

Important information to consider

 All candidates are expected to the adhere to the Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board members.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake security checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines, which we would envisage to be at SC (Security Check) level. For more information regarding security clearance please see the UK National security vetting: advice for vetting subjects.

Due diligence will be carried out at the shortlisting stage, which will include searches of candidates’ financial probity, public statements and publicly available social media profiles.

How to Apply

The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation. To make an application please email us your CV, covering letter and diversity monitoring form (attached below) and send to sport@trade.gov.uk 

*Applications must be received by 23:59 on 11/09/ 2020

 Guidance on CV Format

Please ensure you CV includes:

·        Your full name, title, contact number and your personal email address.

·        Maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial black font, setting out your career history in chronological order, and including the dates you occupied these roles.

Guidance on Cover Letter Format

·        The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate to the Advisory Assessment

·        Panel how you can demonstrate the skills and experience outlined above

·        Please provide subheading and separate paragraphs in relation to how your meet each         criterion.

·        Write all acronyms in full when first used.

·        Ensure your full name and the title of the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

·        The maximum page limit for your letter is two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial black font.

Candidate Declaration Form

It is a requirement of the appointments process that we ask interested application to declare the below activity as part of our due diligence. These comprise:

·        Declaration of: conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest; previous conduct which could bring the reputation of the Department into disrepute; political activity;

·        Requests for references;

As such, please complete and return the attached Candidate Declaration Form as part of your application. Please note that we will also carry out searches of candidates’ financial probity, public statements, and publicly available social media profiles.

Diversity Monitoring Form

We are committed to recruiting candidates that reflect the diverse communities we serve. To do this we ask candidates to fill out a diversity monitoring form which is signposted below at the end of this information page. The information you provide will help support us ensure that our recruitment processes are fair to all and allow us to attract diverse and talented candidates.

Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Assessment Panel assessing your application. Please note that the diversity monitoring form will not be shared with the panel.

However, you should note that political activity detailed in this form will be provided separately to the panel and may, if appropriate, be discussed with you during your interview.

Disability Confidence Scheme

The Department for International Trade is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all candidates during the selection process, so that appointments are selected from the widest pool of talent available.

We are signed up to the disability confidence scheme and as part of that commitment is that we guarantee an interview to any candidate who:

·        has disclosed a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010 (see definition below); and

·        meets the essential criteria for the post(s) in question, as set out in the role advertisement.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

If you wish to apply under the disability confident scheme, please complete the disability confidence form (attached) and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.

 

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