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Director of Compliance

Posted: 13 Nov 2019 Closes: 21 Nov 2019
Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, with travel £65,000
Permanent & Full-time equality-and-human-rights-commission/20191113145428

We are looking for someone exceptional to join and lead our Compliance Directorate in a pivotal leadership role; who shares our values of fairness, dignity and respect and can work with us to build upon our achievements and ensure our ambitious vision becomes a reality. 

To deliver upon our priorities over the next few years, the Commission needs to be a top-class organisation, with an inclusive and diverse culture where all our people thrive at work. Our leaders need to be bold, visible and have a strong track record in financial and people management. They lead flexible teams whose professional skills enable them to work on a range of issues and whose know-how ensures they deliver the organisation’s objectives. 

As our Director of Compliance, you will play a key part in our Executive Group and will be involved in all of our corporate decision making. You will perform a pivotal role across the Commission and externally, inspiring people with your vision and proven leadership capabilities. Accountable to the Executive Director who is currently responsible for the Corporate Delivery, Policy, Compliance and our office in Scotland, you will provide expert leadership and direction to our Great Britain (GB) Compliance Team in their delivery of the Commission’s strategic plan. 

The Compliance Directorate is responsible for: 

a) identifying the barriers to and examples of good practice in compliance with the Equality Act and Human Rights Act and, 

b) using that information to inform interventions which will equip those with responsibilities to comply with the law, individuals to enforce their rights and Regulators Inspectorates and Ombudsmen to drive improved compliance through their own work. 

The directorate is divided into two parts: 
a) Intelligence and Inquiries, with responsibility for gathering intelligence on barriers to compliance in relation to our strategic aims through roadshows/clinics, inquiries and from other sources of intelligence (e.g. Equality Advisory and Support Services (EASS), advice for advisers line etc.); and 

b) Interventions, with responsibility for delivering interventions to improve compliance, including through engagement with public bodies and private sector organisations within the priority areas identified in our strategic aims, delivery of advice, guidance and training programmes, our Public Sector Equality Duty strategy and collaboration with Regulators, Inspectorates and Ombudsman’s (RIO’s).


In addition to the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement that are outlined within the Candidate Pack, we also expect that candidates will be able to demonstrate the following essential professional skills: 

• A track record of successful delivery to time and budget and an understanding of the context of public service and leadership gained within a regulator, regulatory or public sector environment 

• A demonstrable track record of leading and developing high performing teams with demonstrable impact 

• Evidence of implementing new ways of working and utilisation of a range of skills 

• An understanding of risk and financial management, with the ability to implement smarter ways of working and think laterally about how the Commission operates with a focus on value for money 

• Experience of working and influencing with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including in senior roles such as Boards 

• An understanding and interest in equality and human rights legislation. NB: we are not seeking a specialist in this field.


The salary for this role is in the region of £65,000. Those joining us from the Civil Service on a level transfer, will be offered the pay point closest to their current salary, wherever possible. 

Flexible working patterns 
Annual leave entitlement of 30 days plus 8 public holidays (pro-rated for part time employees) 
Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme and Partnership Pension Schemes 
Employee Assistance Programme 
Season ticket loans 
Employee benefits portal 
Payment of professional subscriptions

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

How to apply 

Applications should be submitted to using the reference number and should be received by the closing date/time which is 5pm Thursday 21 November. 

Late applications will not be accepted. 

Applications should include: 

• A curriculum vitae (CV); 
• A supporting statement of no more than 3 pages providing detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can address the five essential professional skills outlined in the role profile above 
• The details of two professional referees who can comment on your ability to undertake the role. Please note: we will not make contact with your referees without your prior express permission 
• You will also be asked to complete the diversity monitoring form, which is not mandatory but we encourage all our applicants to complete to assist us in meeting our equality objectives. This form will be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and will only be used as part of the selection process in instances where it is legitimate to take positive action. 

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form included in this pack when you complete your application. Please see the Guaranteed Interview Scheme section in the Candidate Information Pack below for more information. 

The Commission is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to make it more representative of society at all levels. Applications are therefore welcomed from as diverse a range of applicants as possible, however for this role we specifically encourage applications from candidates with a disability, to ensure a balanced representation in our workforce at this grade. 

Interview dates and location 

Closing date - 21 November 2019 (5pm) 
Sifting: week commencing 25 November 2019 
Panel Interviews: Thursday 5 December 2019, in Manchester 
Start date: 1 April 2020 

Please note these dates are subject to change. 

Selection process 

Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc. 

Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates. 
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. 

Reserve List 
Those applicants who meet the benchmark agreed by the panel and who are not offered a vacancy at this time, will have the opportunity to take a place on the reserve list for a period of 12 months. This means that during this time if there are any vacancies of the same nature, offers will be given on merit to those on the reserve list.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

Please note this Post is NOT regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Compliance team is predominantly based in Manchester, however if based in Glasgow or Cardiff, extensive travel is likely to be required.

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