Apr 182019
 

Ofgem - Non-Executive Director

Body: Ofgem
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Energy
Location: Meetings are normally held in London.
Skills required: Accountancy, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The post-holders will receive part-time pay at the rate of £20,000 per annum. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Board meetings take place 10-11 times a year in London and are a commitment of roughly 1.5 days each plus preparation time. Board members are also encouraged to sit on the authority committees which require an additional four 2-4 hour meetings a year, and to contribute informally as appropriate.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 17/04/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 26/05/2019
  • Panel Sift: 10/06/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 03/07/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Joanna Whittington - Panel Chair - Director General, Energy and Security • Departmental Official
  • Martin Cave - Ofgem Chair • Representative of Organisation
  • Penny Boys - Independent Member

Vacancy Description

GEMA is the Governing Body of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), a non-ministerial department and an independent National Regulatory Authority. GEMA’s powers are provided by inter alia the Gas Act 1986, Electricity Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000.

Following the recent appointments to the Ofgem board, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is seeking to recruit a further two Non-Executive board members (NED) with an accountancy and digital transformation background respectively.

Person Specification

NEDs bring independent oversight, support and constructive challenge to Ofgem. GEMA makes decisions on major regulatory issues and NEDs will be expected to contribute to these collective decisions. The NEDs may also be involved in working groups or offer advice and support to individual directors, in addition to ad hoc pieces of work across Ofgem.

Essential Skills:

Your application should demonstrate the following skills and experience.

  • The ability to contribute and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders both in formal environments (such as Board meetings) and in less formal environments (such as one-to-one meetings with Executives);
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgement and high levels of integrity.
  • Genuine interest in contributing to the effective running of Ofgem;
  • An engaging and collaborative working style together with adaptability. A successful candidate will demonstrate the skills to engage with a range of stakeholders across all sections of society; and
  • All candidates will need to demonstrate expertise in governance and active risk management at a strategic level.

For the accountancy role:

  • Significant expertise in audit, governance and risk assurance;
  • Experience in the public or private sector in both finance and leadership roles;
  • A track record of financial accountability in organisations with significant budgets; and
  • A formal accounting qualification.

For the digital transformation role:

  • Experience in the public or private sector of delivering transformational change by moving to a digital user needs approach to deliver effective and efficient service for customers, including impacts on people, process and technology;
  • Awareness of emerging trends in technology and their likely impact on industry;
  • Interest in disruptive technology; and
  • Knowledge of information technology developments, in particular the delivery of digital services to customers and data utilisation in data-rich organisations.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via email by the deadline of 11pm on Monday 26th May. You will be required to submit the following:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4
  • A supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4 setting out how you meet the essential criteria. Make sure you refer to the contents of this document and provide specific examples.
  • Details of two referees together with a brief statement of the capacity in which, and the length of time for which, they have known you (referees will not be contacted before final interviews without your express permission). The successful candidate will be subject to final references before an appointment can be formally offered. Please provide email addresses for these referees
  • Completed conflicts of interest / political activity / disability / consents form
  • Completed diversity monitoring form (to be submitted separately – see below)

Applications that do not contain all of the above elements may not be progressed.

Your application should make clear which of the two roles you are applying for. Given the differing criteria, it is unlikely that any one candidate will be able to meet all of the essential criteria for both roles.

For the accountancy role, the preferred method of application is online at www.odgers.com/71885. If you are unable to apply online please email your application to: 71885@odgersberndtson.com

For the digital transformation role, the preferred method of application is online at www.odgers.com/72147. If you are unable to apply online please email your application to: 72147@odgersberndtson.com

Any postal applications should be sent to:

Government Practice
Odgers Berndtson
20 Cannon Street
London EC4M 6XD

All applications will receive a response.

Diversity monitoring form – all candidates are asked to complete this form and send it to the BEIS Public Appointments Mailbox: publicappointments@beis.gov.uk Alternatively, you can send your diversity form in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team
7th Floor Spur 2
1 Victoria Street
London, SW1H 0ET

This will assist BEIS in monitoring selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved. Any information collated from the diversity monitoring forms will not be used as part of the selection process and will be treated as strictly confidential.

Further Information

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Nicky Oppenheimer on +44 20 7529 1111, Simon Havers

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