Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Director

BRE (Building Research Establishment)


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    01 February 2020

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    BRE (Building Research Establishment)

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An international, multi-disciplinary building science organisation, BRE has been making a positive difference in the built environment since 1921, improving buildings and infrastructure through our targeted application of research and knowledge generation. Owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, we deliver one of the largest programmes of built environment education and research for the public good, with a complete range of advisory, testing, certification, commissioned research and training services.  We also use our cutting-edge collaborative research to provide a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications to bring about positive change in the global built environment.

Our interests and activities are broad ranging.  We work with governments to shape workable policies to ensure that the sector is fit for purpose, whilst developing meaningful products and services to help a range of businesses (both in the UK and overseas) to thrive, operationally and commercially, whilst responding and adapting to regulatory change.  A commitment to innovation is in our corporate DNA and it’s vital that we continue to attract exceptional people to the business, who can conduct pioneering world class research for the good of the sector and Society as a whole. 

We are embarking on a period of review under our new leadership to reset the business on a course for future success and now have an opportunity for an experienced leader to join our Executive Team in a new role of Regulatory & External Affairs Director. In this role, you will  define and lead BRE’s role in assurance and the development of public policy and relationships across the public arena (governments and parliamentarians, oversight bodies, other regulators and professions, political parties, policy makers and users of BRE certification and testing services and products) whilst at the same time ensuring that the trust in the BRE brand is protected.  

You’ll be responsible for ensuring that all of our certification and testing services are operationally efficient, compliant with external oversight requirements and robust to provide client and end user protection.  You’ll be growing the profile and brand strength of BRE by developing and promoting BRE standards/assurance and influencing governments, policy makers and regulators to achieve the market adoption of BRE standards, products and services.  Alongside Executive Team colleagues, you’ll be driving the increase in the sales of certification and testing products, including growth in new markets, and developing and launching new certification and testing products. 

This is a high profile and significant leadership role, responsible for c. 250 people and revenues of c.£25m.

We are therefore seeking someone with significant experience of leadership roles within a regulatory environment, adept at operating up to Board level. You’ll have a proven track record of managing regulation activities - standards, assurance, compliance and enforcement – and possess exceptional stakeholder management skills. You’ll have prior experience of managing relations across government, the political arena, clients and other external bodies too. Significant experience of defining and influencing public policy on regulatory matters and areas where BRE has solutions to offer will be required. You’ll be a strong operational leader too with the ability to lead and manage process efficiencies and improvements that deliver value for our business and our customers.

If you feel that you have the attributes and experience for this leadership role, we’d love to hear from you.

Closing DateFriday 31st January 2020
How to apply

To apply please submit:

  • A CV of no more than 3 pages setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A supporting statement of no more than 3 pages addressing the first 8 points in the section entitled “What do I need in order to deliver this role”  in the Job Profile.
Contact details
Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298