4 Non-Executive Directors - Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc)
Recruiter: Ministry of Defence
Salary: Not Specified
Posted: 06 Jan 2021
Closes: 03 Feb 2021
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Having previously been operated on behalf of Government by a third party, from the 1st July 2021, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc) will become an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), with the company wholly owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The change in model will remove the current commercial arrangements, enhancing the MOD’s agility in the future management of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, whilst also delivering on core MOD objectives and value for money to the taxpayer.
With these changes in mind, the MOD now wishes to identify four Non-Executive Directors to join the AWE plc Board from July 2021. The MOD seeks candidates with proven experience in one of;
- Advanced manufacturing;
- Large scale programme / complex infrastructure/ project management and assurance with capital intensive industries comparable to AWE plc;
- Workforce strategy, culture change and incentivisation;
- Finance and risk, with prior experience on an Audit Committee
These will complement two further independent NEDs with sector expertise who will be directly appointed.
The Board is responsible for the leadership of an organisation at the heart of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, carrying out essential research and advanced manufacturing on the nuclear warhead. As an Independent NED on a fiduciary Board, you will:
- Contribute to setting, monitoring and challenging the strategic direction of AWE plc, by assisting in developing key strategic objectives, overseeing their achievement and ensuring they remain appropriate;
- Contribute to open and honest debate at Board meetings and provide constructive challenge to the executive decisions, adding diversity of thought and industry experience to the Board;
- Promote the long-term success of AWE plc and ensure the accountability of AWE plc, scrutinising the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives, and monitoring the reporting of performance;
- Uphold high standards of integrity and probity, supporting the Chair and executive directors by seeking to instil the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond;
- Commit sufficient time and resource to fulfil all functional responsibilities and continually develop personal capabilities to do so.
The MOD is looking for candidates with the following profile:
- UK national who is willing to undergo DV clearance (if successful);
- A good understanding of large and complex organisations operating in a changing and highly regulated environment;
- Focussed on results and a willingness to look for solutions combined with a focus on targeted performance measurement;
- Pragmatic approach, including an ability to adapt quickly to fast moving situations;
- Clear and effective influencing and communication skills, including an ability to operate effectively at Board level, challenging an executive effectively but constructively, and communicating with a wide range of audiences;
- An open mind with the courage to think independently and strategically, and an ability to effectively analyse complex issues while driving tangible delivery/change;
- Team working and collaboration skills, including an ability to work together with other executives and non-executives in a low ego environment to solve collective problems; and
- Capacity to carry out this role effectively, with a commitment to AWE’s mission, and desire to add real value to the Board and the business.
Appointees may be asked to chair various sub committees including Audit & Risk, Remuneration and Projects & Programmes. One appointee will become the Senior Independent Director.
The closing date for applications is noon, 3rd February 2021.
MOD has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please visit: www.rraresponses.com
The MOD and AWE are committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all and welcome applications from all.
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