Mar 132019

Chair - Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

London with occasional travel in the UK
£150,000 per annum for a commitment of two to three days per week

DE&S is an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). We are at the leading edge of defence procurement operating across sectors, with a civilian and military workforce of around 11,400 in the UK and abroad.

We manage a vast range of complex projects to buy and support the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. We deliver major commercial projects for Government; negotiating deals with FTSE 100 companies and equivalents, and spent £13.5 billion last financial year for our armed forces customers.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the board of an organisation which plays a critical role in maintaining national security, whilst delivering some of the most complex projects and programmes in the world in a fast paced and challenging environment.

The Role

The Chair is the lead independent Non-Executive Director, accountable to the MOD for the performance of the DE&S Board and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role. The Chair will be responsible for:

  • Leading and managing the DE&S Board, providing clear direction and focus as well as creating an open and co-operative relationship within MOD.
  • Ensuring the Board has sufficient information to review the performance of the organisation, including future trends, risks and opportunities and that Key Performance Indicators are effectively monitored.
  • Providing advice to the MOD on DE&S’ strategic direction, objectives and risks, business performance and governance.
  • Supporting and advising the Chief Executive on all material issues, including engagement with industry.
  • Helping to steer the organisation through a period of significant change during a challenging period for Defence, and while maintaining a focus on organisational delivery.
  • Providing an important oversight role in ensuring that the DE&S’ independent Non-Executive Directors act to protect the interests of the Department and reinforce the principles of accountability which apply to organisations within the public sector.
  • Advising MoD on the performance of the Chief Executive.

Skills and Abilities

The Chair should have a strong reputation as a business leader and an appreciation of the importance of Defence to the UK’s national security interests. They will have the authority to command the respect and confidence of the DE&S Board, MOD and other stakeholders and the resilience to challenge and support a high calibre executive team. Candidates must have the time available to commit to the role.

Other credentials include:

  • Experience of delivering major transformational, culture and operational change in an organisation of scale, perhaps from procurement, engineering or major infrastructure programme environment.
  • A track record as an effective Non-Executive or Chair achieving successful outcomes with an excellent professional reputation gained at a senior level managing major programmes of work.
  • A reputation for building strong multi-stakeholder relationships. An understanding of Government and the ability to engage with senior officials and Ministers in a politically sensitive environment.
  • A strong understanding of corporate governance best practice, Nolan principles, diversity and equal opportunities.

Eligibility and How to Apply

  • This post is reserved for UK nationals only. The successful candidate must hold or be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance level before taking up the post.

Closing date: 29th March 2019

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