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Non Executive Directorships

Member of the DHSC Audit and Risk Committee

Location: London

Date Posted: 05/08/2019

Closing Date: 06/09/2019

Vacancy Description

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking to appoint a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. As a member, the successful candidate will provide external advice and expertise, underpinned by consideration from an independent standpoint, which will inform the Department’s decision-making and governance processes.

The successful candidate will be required to think strategically and have the ability to positively and constructively influence decisions at a senior level. They will be expected to establish consultative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including Internal Audit, the National Audit Office and DHSC’s Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs).

The Independent Member will:

  • Sit on the DHSC Audit and Risk Committee, chaired by Gerry Murphy who also sits on DHSC’s Departmental Board.
  • Have a good understanding of governance, risk and control, with specific experience of accounting and financial management.
  • Assist the committee to deliver on its agreed Terms of Reference, which includes the scrutiny of DHSC’s Annual Report and Accounts.
  • Have broad experience of change in large organisations and the ability to grasp complex issues very quickly.
  • 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 executives and their offices to continue to improve Departmental performance.
  • Have the financial acumen to ensure that Departmental finances are managed properly.
  • Bring commercial experience and expertise to the role – to be able to constructively challenge the committee on issues pertaining to development of strategy and risks to its delivery.
  • Have the professional credibility and authority to challenge DHSC leaders.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • An accountancy or auditing qualification, with associated professional membership.
  • Proven leadership in large, complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, with main board-level experience as an executive or non-executive.
  • Experience of risk, performance and financial management, and the ability to develop and review internal controls and risk management systems.
  • An understanding of the importance of risk management and audit to good governance, and a record of achievement at a senior level in strategic financial management.
  • Experience of leading major projects from initiation, through development and to delivery, using sound evidence to inform decisions.
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues) and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life (http://www.publicstandards.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/the-seven-principles).
  • Genuine interest in public service and the successful running of the Civil Service and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Additional Information

In order to fulfil its purpose, the Audit and Risk Committee will:

 

  • Consider the high-level risk register and the quality of risk management within the Department.
  • Review the Department’s accounting policies, accounts, and annual report, including the process for review of the accounts prior to submission for audit, levels of error identified, key judgements, any disputes between management and external audit, and management’s letter of representation to the external auditors.
  • Lead the assessment of the risks facing the Department and ensure that the Department’s risk management and internal control systems are effective, as part of preparations for the annual Governance Statement (which includes areas formerly covered by the statement on internal control) each year.
  • Consider the audit strategies and audit plans of the Department’s internal and external auditors.
  • Consider the issues arising from the DHSC Group Accounts, including the external auditors’ Management Letter to the Department and the adequacy of management’s response to it.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of management responses to issues identified by internal and external audit work.
  • Consider the Department’s Code of Business Conduct, in particular its policy on conflicts of interest, and its register of declared interests.
  • Consider any proposals for tendering for audit services, or for purchase of non-audit services from contractors who provide audit services.
  • Appraise anti-fraud policies, whistleblowing processes, and arrangements for special investigations
  • Evaluate its own effectiveness.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

alexander.ord@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-ARC2019 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Alexander Ord, Audit and Risk Committee Secretariat, Department of Health and Social Care, 8 Floor, 39 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0EU.

Applications must be received by 17:00 on Friday 6 September 2019.

In making an application please note the following.

Supporting letter

The Supporting Letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of Audit and Risk Committee, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting Letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or the Department of Health and Social Care or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct, and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/board-members-of-public-bodies-code-of-conduct

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Eligibility Criteria below.

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts, please see the contacts section.

CV

Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. 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. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS, please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

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

For further information regarding the role of the Audit and Risk Committee, the role of a Member and the selection process please contact:

Alexander Ord, Audit and Risk Committee Secretariat

Tel:     020 7210 6209

Email: alexander.ord@dhsc.gov.uk

Please quote reference VAC-ARC2019 on all correspondence.

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