Chief Operating Officer

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Emergency Response

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £92,000 - £110,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    20 June 2020

  • Client

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services

Ref: GSe64772

HMICFRS is an organisation with very old roots (back to 1856).  It is an inspectorate, not a regulator.  Regulators have hard power: the power of intervention, direction and enforcement.  Inspectorates have soft power: the power of their voices and their authority. It's different power, and it is power the HMICFRS exercises every day to make real differences.  A review of its reports on, crimes against older people, child protection, crime recording, cyber-crime and so many others will show you that what the inspectorate says gets changes made, and they're changes for the better. 

HMICFRS has recently grown much bigger. To its responsibilities to inspect and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the police in England and Wales has been added the job of doing the same for the fire and rescue services in England.  It now inspects fire and rescue services to the same high standard as we apply to all we do in policing.

The operational heart of HMICFRS is of course at the core of its ability to do that work well, to ensure it achieves value for money, to look after its staff as they do the often arduous work of on-site inspections and at-base analysis and report-writing, and to deal with the many competing outside pressures which come with the job it undertakes.

Policy, and relations with other pieces of government are also critical to its success.  The Home Office looms largest, but it works with four other central government departments, as well as other policing and criminal justice institutions (such as the College of Policing, the IOPC, the NPCC, the APCC and other inspectorates for prosecution, prisons and probation); it does much the same for fire.

Sitting on the HMICFRS Board you will work with the HMCI and four HMIs in what is a hugely stimulating, professionally satisfying and uniquely challenging role.  You will be working with bright, able people, people who are dedicated to public service in these, the most essential, safety-critical monopoly public services of all.  

In addition to the CV and covering letter, you will also be required to attach a completed Nationality Form and, if appropriate, tick the correct box and complete the Guaranteed Interview form under the Disability Confident scheme. Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please ring Peter Buffoni at GatenbySanderson on 07964 877 654. 

This is an exciting time to join the HMICFRS and we are seeking individuals who share our passion for excellence.

Closing Date11:55pm - 19th June 2020
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson w/c 22 June 2020
Shortlist MeetingMonday 29th June 2020
Psychometric Assessments30th June 2020 onwards
Video Panel Interviewsw/c 13th July 2020
Final Panel Interviews - in Person w/c 20th July 2020
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.