Non Executive Directorships

Intellectual Property Office, Chair of Steering Board

Location: Newport

Date Posted: 12/02/2021

Closing Date: 14/03/2021

£12,000 pa – 22 days pa

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:

IPO is the official UK Government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights including patents, designs,?trademarks?and copyright. They operate and maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. IPO helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention, and responsible for?policy,?educating businesses and?consumers?about IP rights and responsibilities,?supporting IP enforcement,?granting UK patents,?trademarks?and design rights.

The Chair should:

  • Lead the Steering Board so that it plays its full role as part of the overall governance arrangements for the agency as laid down in the framework agreement.
  • Run Steering Board meetings effectively and efficiently.
  • Manage relationships and communications with Steering Board members
  • Lead the assessment of non-executive directors and engage with the appointment process for new non-executives.
  • Ensure the Steering Board has a sufficient understanding of the strategy and objectives of IPO to be able to support and challenge the IPO executive team.
  • Manage relations with external stakeholders within and outside Government as necessary.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • Board level experience as a chair or non-executive director in either a public or commercial sector organisation, including experience of risk management and governance at a strategic level.
  • Strong strategic, analytical and commercial skills and judgement and an ability to challenge performance.
  • A track record of supporting and encouraging innovation and organisational and behavioural change in either a public sector or private sector organisation.
  • An ability to build relationships with executive colleagues and a clear understanding of the differences between the roles of executives and non-executives.

Desirable criteria

  • An understanding of the value of IP to inventors, creators, entrepreneurs and SMEs and its contribution to innovation, creativity and growth.
  • An excellent communicator to drive effective teamwork, challenge constructively and show diplomacy and independence with stakeholders at all levels.
  • A general understanding and appreciation of the values and role of the public sector and the IPO.

How to Apply

For us to progress your application, you must submit both of the following documents before 11pm on 14 March 2021. You must submit:

  • curriculum vitae; and
  • supporting statement

by email, with the subject ‘IPO, Chair’ to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.

If you do not submit both a curriculum vitae and a supporting statement by 11pm. on 14 March 2021, your application will not be progressed any further. Late applications will not be accepted.

We also ask that you complete a diversity monitoring form, which can be found here,

Your curriculum vitae?and supporting statement must each be no longer than two pages in length. If you submit documents which are longer than two pages, any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

If you experience problems accessing or completing the diversity monitoring form or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Joshua Sweet at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.

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