Key accountabilities

The NIC is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to lead the organisational development and management of the NIC. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive and a member of the organisations Senior Management Team, the COO will be responsible for a broad-ranging programme of delivery across the NICs corporate functions, including managing our 5.7 million budget. The COO will support the NICs strategy and work programme through sound financial planning, and will also oversee the organisations internal control, risk management and governance to ensure we operate as a responsible, effective and transparent Executive Agency, with a strong reputation and profile.

The COO will lead a team of six staff in the Operations Team, who together deliver the NICs corporate functions. You will have direct line management of the following:

Head of Private Office. The Private Office acts as the secretariat to the Commission and its Oversight Board, and supports the Chair, Commissioners and the CEO.

Finance Manager who oversees financial planning and budget management, procurement, and financial propriety.

HR and Operations Manager who oversees the NICs People Strategy as well as team recruitment, induction and talent management.

Key responsibilities include:

The COO works closely with the Chief Executive to lead the day-to-day management and organisational development of the NIC. The COO has a particular role in providing thought leadership on organisational design and culture.

Overall responsibility for ensuring the NIC has appropriate governance structures in place, including the Commissions Oversight Board and Audit and Risk Committee, and developing and implementing effective internal control and risk management systems.

Providing leadership of the Operations Team to deliver effective support to the NIC, to ensure achievement of its strategic and business objectives.

Overseeing the NICs financial planning and management, to ensure it operates within the budgets agreed with HM Treasury, and preparing the NICs Annual Report & Accounts.

Overseeing the delivery of the NICs People Strategy and HR functions, in order to facilitate the attraction, development and retention of a skilled and motivated workforce, and the promotion of a high performance culture.

Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with the NICs Policy and Economics teams, key government departments, in particular HM Treasury, and external stakeholders.

Developing and implementing corporate policies tailored to the Commissions organisational characteristics, which provide clear guidance to teams on a wide range of issues, including propriety and ethics and performance management.

Overseeing the implementation of the NICs Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

Ensuring that the work of the Commission is effectively managed and that the NIC operates in an open and transparent manner, including the publishing of policies and information on the NIC website.

It would be advantageous for the successful candidate to hold a professional accountancy qualification, however this is not essential.ResponsibilitiesSift Criteria

Candidates Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.

Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1.Experience. Experience of corporate governance, financial management and risk management, either in an organisational or major project context, including identifying and taking forward opportunities for improvement.

2.Making effective decisions. Understanding of financial planning and budget management in order to inform decision-making and ensure value for money in public and/or commercial organisations.

3.Leadership. Evidence of team management and leadership experience, including the ability to build and motivate diverse teams, and to ensure the effective handling of a broad range of day-to-day operational challenges.

4.Working Together. Keen interest in organisational design and change management, including both process improvement and culture change, and an understanding of HR systems.

5.Changing and Improving. Excellent stakeholder management, including experience of negotiating successfully with government departments and/or public bodies through both formal and informal mechanisms, and having the credibility to win the confidence of the NIC Chair, Commissioners and senior management.

6.Technical Skills. Strong financial and budget management skills.