Director of Corporate Services - 2 Year (FTC)

Security Industry Authority

Flexible, with some attendance expected at the SIA’s London Canary Wharf Office

  • Location

    Flexible, with some attendance expected at the SIA’s London Canary Wharf Office

  • Job type

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £97,300 per annum plus generous benefits package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    06 March 2022

  • Client

    Security Industry Authority

Ref: GSe82721

The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the UK private security industry, with a role to protect the public through effective regulation of the private security industry. We work with partners to raise standards across the sector and are already a high performing organisation, working closely with the industry, enforcement partners, Government, and the devolved administrations to meet our objectives. We have two main duties: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry, and the management of an Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed quality criteria.

We are now seeking to appoint a Director of Corporate Services for the next two years; a prominent senior leadership and board level role in which you will be required to contribute to the overall leadership of the SIA during a period of change and business improvement.  This opportunity has been created by the transition of the existing postholder to a new temporary Director of Transformation role, and we anticipate a strong and collaborative working relationship between the two of you, as together we seek to build capacity and capability in the organisation which supports the delivery of our public safety objectives.  

You will play an important enabling role, directing and delivering respective corporate function strategies and operations to ensure that our organisation is able and motivated to work visibly and proactively in a sector that is subject to frequent change and external scrutiny. Providing inspiring and developmental leadership to multi-functional teams across People Services, Finance and Procurement, External Communications and General Counsel/Legal Services teams, the standards and culture you set must deliver exemplary service to a broad range of colleagues, stakeholders and partners, enabling transformation, efficiency and continuous improvement at a critical time.

Currently a Corporate Services Director (or performing another senior leadership role) in an appropriately complex, multi-stakeholder operational setting, you will be accustomed to leading and developing blended multi-disciplinary teams, eliciting strong performance and a reputation for outstanding business support provision. You will bring prior experience of improving service delivery, along with commercial acumen, and exposure to process rich environments and different delivery models including shared and/or outsourced services.  You will join during a period of wider transformation and you and your teams will play an important supporting role, so prior experience of leading teams that support change, especially to ways of working and technology would also be helpful.

Regardless of experience, you must be an authentic, credible and collaborative leader who not only shares our commitment to raising standards in the private security industry and delivering outcomes that contribute in a meaningful way to public safety, but also our values. Our ability to establish and nurture a positive culture of inclusion and equality of opportunity both within the SIA, and for those we license, is central to our purpose and in this role, you will play a key role in shaping this.

These are both exciting and challenging times for the SIA as we pursue business improvement and transformation, and our work will continue at pace as we also respond to and act on the Manchester Arena Inquiry report findings and recommendations, working with the Home Office and other stakeholders to support a range of government priorities, including the violence against women and girls strategy. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Friday 4 March 2022

Preliminary Interviews
Tuesday 15 March 2022 - Friday 25 March 2022

Final Panel Interviews
Monday 25 April 2022 or Tuesday 26 April 2022

How to Apply

Register your details and then submit the following to us no later than Friday 4th March at 17:00

  • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps, especially within the past two years;
  • A supporting statement (of not more than 3 pages) detailing how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Person Specification and how your behaviours align with those of the SIA;
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion);
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references may be taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them;
  • A completed diversity monitoring form (this will appear on screen as part of the application process)


Peter Guilder: 07545 441 127