Executive Director Corporate Services

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Manchester, Cardiff or Glasgow, with regular travel to London and between other sites

  • Location

    Manchester, Cardiff or Glasgow, with regular travel to London and between other sites

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Regulation

  • Salary

    In the region of £93,000 plus attractive benefits

  • Job ref

    GSe60998

  • Client

    Equality and Human Rights Commission

Ref: GSe60998

Our job at the Equality and Human Rights Commission is to protect and promote equality and human rights in Britain, and to stand up for freedom, compassion and justice in changing times. We do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect. We have unique powers to challenge discrimination and protect human rights and are ready to take action against those who abuse the rights of others.

Britain has a strong reputation as a global leader in equality and human rights and we at the Commission want to make sure this continues. We are living in an age of virtually unprecedented change and challenge, and the Commission’s external landscape is evolving faster than ever before. In addition to the current political environment we are becoming an older and more diverse society; we must also do more with less, while technological advances are testing our legal frameworks every day. Despite - and indeed, because of – this, the Commission is committed to making a difference to individuals’ lives and bringing about much-needed change in society.

An exciting opportunity to help uphold the system of equality and human rights protection has arisen, and we are seeking to appoint an Executive Director of Corporate Services who shares our values. The new Executive Director will have a seat at the leadership table, playing a key part in our executive leadership, influencing and engaging at Board level and will provide expert strategic direction to a team of 55 professionals working across finance, procurement, IT, People, Infrastructure/Estates, communications, stakeholder engagement and our performance effectiveness unit. A key element of this position will be maintaining robust and effective systems, processes and a compliance environment and the successful candidate will bring the ability to understand the external landscape, predict and manage risks and spot opportunities. Each of our Executive Directors heads up one of the nations and our Executive Director, Corporate Services will perform pivotal leadership role in leading our targeted work and stakeholder engagement across England, to ensure we are able to succeed in delivering upon our strategic aims.

The ideal candidate will bring substantial cross cutting corporate leadership experience and a strong track record of success, operating at a senior level, leading, developing, motivating and mentoring high-performing teams, ideally within a public sector environment. With demonstrable expertise in developing and implementing complex strategies, business plans and managing budgets, you will have exposure to leading systems/process improvement and will also demonstrate a clear understanding of risk-based principles of leading and managing an organisation. Pastoral oversight is as important as technical leadership and credentials, as are comprehensive understanding of legal risk and financial management, lateral thinking on topics both operational and strategic, and commercial ‘nous’. Politically astute, the Executive Director will be a sophisticated communicator with the capacity to win the confidence of stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the Commission.

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.

Timetable
Closing dateFriday 10th January 2020 at 5pm
Preliminary interviewsw/c 27th January 2020
Panel Interviewsw/c 17th February 2020
How to apply

Applications should be received by the closing date/time which is 5pm Friday 10th January.

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 knowledge and skills criteria in the person specification 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 online diversity monitoring form, which is not mandatory
  • Once you have uploaded your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If you do not receive this please contact GatenbySanderson on the number below.

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form on Gatenby Sanderson’s website when you complete your application. Please see the Guaranteed Interview Scheme section below for more information.

If you are unable to make an electronic application and would like to make an application in a different way e.g. in hard copy, or if you have any questions about the application process, please email Emma Clark at emma.clark@gatenbysanderson or call her on 020 7426 3374.

Alternative Accessible versions of this pack will be available on upon request.

 

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.

Contact details
Padraig O'Hara: 0113 205 6098