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Non-Executive member of the Navy Board

Location: Portsmouth

Date Posted: 01/04/2021

Closing Date: 03/05/2021

£15,000 pa – up to 14 days/year

Vacancy Description

As a RN Non-Executive Director, you will contribute to the strategic direction of the RN at the highest levels. You will assist 1SL in discharging his responsibilities for the delivery against the RN Command Plan, reviewing Navy Executive committee progress and achievements against Naval Service Outputs.

You will bring with you valuable skills, as well as objectivity and an independent perspective – not compromised by close previous involvement in the MOD. Primarily your role is to provide an effective “challenge” function in the conduct of Board business. You will constructively challenge and scrutinise the performance of the executive in meeting agreed goals and objectives. You will have the skills and experience to broaden the horizons within which the RN determines strategy. By applying the benefits of your wider general experience in influential positions, you will add value to Board discussions and ensure rigour in decision making.

You will seek continually to develop and refresh your knowledge, skills and understanding of the RN to ensure that your contributions remain informed and relevant.

The NAVB core responsibilities are to

  • Set the Strategic Direction for the Naval Service in line with the direction provided by Head Office and as articulated in Defence Strategic Direction and the annual Defence Plans.
  • Provide oversight of corporate governance for the Navy’s performance and risk, highlighting appropriate issues to Head Office and the Defence Board.
  • Provide assurance on Safety, Security, Finance and Risk.
  • Direct the Navy Executive Committee (NEC) to deliver Naval Service outputs, providing scrutiny and strategic direction on the NEC’s decisions and delivery to hold the NEC to account.
  • External challenge. The Navy Board is the forum for independent, non-executive support and constructive challenge to the First Sea Lord (1SL) and the NEC.
  • Oversee large-scale change and transformation programmes.

 

The successful candidate must abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life (Annex A) and the Code of Conduct for Committee Members[1].

 

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

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates must demonstrate all of the following essential criteria.

  • The ability to lead significant (in value, impact or reputational terms) change programmes.
  • A wide knowledge of commercial and financial business practice and management; and an ability to grasp how these issues affect the Board and the RN/Defence’s accountability to Parliament.
  • The ability to provide an independent view and effective challenge to the Board – raising issues which merit further investigation – and helping to ensure the Board operates with an awareness of wider business standards.
  • Proven experience of dealing with issues involving the strategic direction of organisations.
  • An understanding of diversity issues, and the challenges in securing a balanced and representative workforce.
  • Be capable of widening horizons within which the Board determines strategy and drive performance.

 Desirable criteria

 The following criteria are also desirable:

  • Proven experience at a senior level, ideally with a FTSE 250 company or equivalent (including top tier advisory firms).
  • Independence of mind.
  • Sound judgement.
  • An ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside the Board and gain the trust and respect of other Board members.
  • Sufficient strength of character to seek and obtain full and satisfactory answers within the environment of the Board.

How to Apply

Please submit a completed Expression of interest form, CV and diversity monitoring form.

Completed applications should be emailed to DBSCivPers-ResNONSTDAPPTS@mod.gov.uk  by 2359 Monday 3 May 2021

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