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Deputy Director for Risk and Assurance

Posted: 17 Feb 2021 Closes: 1 Mar 2021
Birkenhead, Croydon, Coventry, Durham, Weymouth, Gloucester, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Swansea, Telford £71,000 - £80,000 The salary for this role will be circa £80k, or application of SCS pay policy on transfer / promotion for current civil servants
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Do you want to play an integral part in shaping HM Land Registry's (HMLR) approach to risk management? 

HM Land Registry (HMLR) is an essential component of the conveyancing process and of the functioning of the property market generally. We are looking to appoint a Deputy Director for Risk and Assurance to provide strategic leadership, direction, management and oversight on all aspects of risk and assurance to help HMLR meet its objectives as it undergoes significant transformation in the delivery of its services. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to undertake a leadership role at Senior Civil Service grade and shape and embed HMLR’s approach to risk management. As HMLR continues to invest in digitalising its services and supporting economic activity, the post holder will be at the forefront of enabling business projects and changes to operate at pace through asking the right questions at the right time, and providing clarity, guidance and credible challenge at a senior level on identified risks.

Job description

This is a key role where you will provide strategic leadership, direction, management and oversight on all aspects of risk and assurance, acting as the most senior risk adviser to the Chief Executive and the Board. Working closely with the Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar, Executive Board and the Audit and Risk Committee, you will be accountable for implementing and sustaining an approach to risk management that enables HMLR to achieve its strategy and performance targets within a robust risk management framework. 

You will be accountable for the effective implementation and maintenance of HMLR’s Risk and Assurance Framework based upon the three lines model, continuously developing, enhancing and embedding it across the organisation and in its culture. 

In addition, you will provide strategic direction for a broad range of intrinsically linked functions within the second line of defence, consisting of Security, Information Rights, Assurance, Risk and Knowledge and Information Management, to provide an aligned advisory function which supports organisational achievement. 


To be successful in this role you will need to be technically astute, with a demonstrable deep knowledge of risk and compliance, including information risk, operational risk, and quality assurance. You will be able to demonstrate your proven ability to positively influence and collaborate, at senior levels, acting as critical friend to challenge when necessary to drive the risk management agenda within a fast paced, complex environment. 

In addition, you will have experience of risk management at a strategic level gained in a similarly complex and recognised risk-focussed environment e.g. banking, insurance, commercial or pharmaceutical sectors and knowledge and experience of designing, delivering and embedding a three lines of defence model including advisory services and the design, alignment and delivery of assurance activity. 

Experience of managing and leading large, dispersed teams, with limited face-to-face interaction, to deliver a coherent risk and assurance function, and the ability to communicate technical concepts tailored to audiences of varied risk awareness and engagement is essential.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technically astute, with a demonstrable deep knowledge of risk and compliance, including information risk, operational risk, and quality assurance.


Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Please cut and paste your CV into the online application form to include your skills, career history and qualifications. 

The statement of suitability section (in no more than 1000 words) should be used to provide evidence of how you meet the essential experience criteria listed on the job description within the candidate pack. You may wish to bullet point/list your statement to match the criteria. 

You will then be asked to complete an additional 250 words box to demonstrate how you meet the following essential technical skills: 

• Technically astute, with a demonstrable deep knowledge of risk and compliance, including information risk, operational risk, and quality assurance. 

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date. If successful at the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual, blended interview including a pre-prepared presentation exercise which will be conducted as a video interview week commencing 15 March 2021. 

The blended interview will test the behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested. 

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. 

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date. 

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview. 

If you require the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration please notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement. 

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Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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