Aug 202019

Committee Member - DIT Audit and Risk Assurance

Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £5,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Approximately 12 days per annum, including at least five Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meetings per annum. Three-year contract.
This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 12/08/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 09/09/2019
  • Panel Sift: To be confirmed
  • Final Interview Date: To be confirmed
  • Announcement: To be confirmed

Vacancy Description


The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade. Our work supports productivity and our economy, providing our businesses with access to new markets, and in turn new processes, technologies and better supplies. This improves people’s living standards as they benefit from greater choice at lower prices. Equally, by driving global prosperity, trade and international investment contribute to global stability and security, as well as increasing the UK’s influence globally.

The role

The Department for International Trade is seeking to recruit one external member to the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is comprised of three external members and two Non-Executive Board Members, including the Chair of the Committee. It is charged with ensuring that the Departmental Board and Accounting Officer of DIT gain the assurance they need on governance, risk management, the control environment and on the integrity of the financial statements, as well as other elements of the Annual Report and Accounts.

For more information on the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee see:

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee members:

  • attend five Committee meetings per annum, whilst keeping up to date with the Department’s affairs outside the Committee cycle;
  • review the comprehensiveness of assurances on governance, risk management and the control environment in meeting the Board and Accounting Officer’s assurance needs;
  • review the reliability and integrity of these assurances;
  • review the integrity of the financial statements; and
  • offer support and challenge to executives and their offices to continue to improve the performance of the Department.

Person Specification

The successful candidate must have experience and expertise of cyber, IT and digital information management.

The successful candidate should also demonstrate as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • an understanding of trade policy, driving exports and/or foreign direct investment;
  • experience as a Board member or at an equivalent level in an executive or non-executive capacity in either the public, private or voluntary sector;
  • experience of risk, performance and financial management;
  • an awareness and experience of managing change;
  • an understanding of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring their experience on these challenges;
  • the ability to contribute and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders both in formal environments (such as Committee meetings) and in less formal environments (such as one-to-one meetings with Executives);
  • sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues) and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life; and
  • a genuine interest in contributing to the effective running of the Department, at the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, elsewhere in the Department and (as appropriate) across Government.

The position need not be filled by someone with auditing and accounting qualifications and experience.

All candidates are expected to adhere to the adhere to the Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board members.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake security checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines, which we would envisage to be at SC (Security Check) level.

Due diligence will be carried out at shortlisting stage, which will include requests for references and background checks.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to

If you have any questions, please direct them to the DIT Secretariat Team at

DIT is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. Applications are welcome from all, but we particularly encourage applications from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups. Both UK nationals and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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