29 July 2019
Criminal Cases Review Commission
We are an independent statutory body investigating possible miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The right to a fair trial is fundamental to the rule of law. We consider whether convictions are safe and sentences appropriate and, where we judge they may not be, referring them back to the courts so that injustices can be rectified. We play a vital part in maintaining public confidence in the criminal justice system.
This is an exciting time to join the Commission. In February 2019 two independent reviews of how we work were published. The first was the Government’s Tailored Review of the Commission which looked closely at the form and function of the Commission. The second the result of an in-depth and significant independent academic study of our culture, working practices and decision-making by Professor Hoyle, Reasons to Doubt: Wrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Both commend the work of the organisation, and the tailored review recognises our “continued excellent work” whilst making recommendations to help us improve further.
As a new member of the senior executive team, you will play a fundamental part in that improvement journey reporting to the Chief Executive. Amongst other responsibilities, the post-holder will have overall responsibility for financial management and control; ICT strategy as well as being the lead for management information and of risk.
The Commission has commenced a significant digital transformation programme and welcomes applications from those who understand the transformative power of technology. Running alongside that programme is a likely relocation to new office accommodation. The Commission will remain based in central Birmingham but is likely to move to a smaller foot-print necessitating improved digital and flexible working solutions. The post-holder will take the lead in this relocation work.
You will be a qualified accountant with senior management experience, ideally in the public sector. You will have a deep understanding of public expenditure financial management controls as well as planning and project management. You will have experience of corporate services management including procurement, IT, and facilities. As a key member of the senior team you will need to provide strategic leadership; as we are a small organisation you will also need to be comfortable taking a hands-on approach.
You will need to submit:
- A comprehensive CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, and details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence).
- A supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the essential criteria. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
- Please also complete and return the following:
- diversity monitoring form – this is an online form which will appear automatically once you submit your application. Please note that the panel may not consider your application if this form is not returned as it will be considered incomplete. If you do not wish to provide any of the information requested, please tick the ‘prefer not to say’ boxes. Details of why we request this information and how it is used can be found below.
- guaranteed interview request form for disabled persons (please complete for consideration if required).
Please note: the documents stated are mandatory. Applications that do not include all the required documents will not be accepted.
If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please email Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Michael Dobson on 07891 142 325, Emma Law on or Adam Davidson on 07595 779 915 at GatenbySanderson.