Chair - Social Security Advisory Committee

Body: Social Security Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £22,000
Time Requirements: Around 5 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 15/06/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The SSAC Chair will be required to demonstrate strong leadership as he/she sets the strategic direction for the Committee and harnesses effectively the expertise and experience of a diverse Committee membership ensuring that it operates effectively as a team. The successful candidate will have the ability to build constructive relationships at senior levels (both in Government and with external stakeholders) and demonstrate good judgement.
The Chair will ensure the Committee provides an independent view (independent of both Government and other interested parties) which reflects a wide range of perspectives.
Scrutinising, and where the Committee so decides, reporting on draft regulations entails mastering complex legal and technical detail, as well as understanding the operational context in which legislation will be brought into effect. The Chair will be able to draw on the considerable knowledge and expertise of the Committee membership during the scrutiny process, however they will need to have the capability to pick up on detailed proposals quickly in order that he/she can communicate credibly with Ministers, stakeholders and the media as appropriate.
The Chair also develops and maintains productive relationships with Ministers, Departmental officials and the Committee’s external stakeholders to inform SSAC’s work. The Chair does this through a mixture of formal and informal visits, attendance at events and conferences and through chairing the Committee’s own annual stakeholder event.

The Chair and Members have access to sensitive proposals from time to time. These are shared with the Committee in confidence.

Person Specification

• Strong leadership qualities with the ability to set and shape the strategic direction of the Committee, and to harnesses effectively the expertise and experience of a diverse Committee membership ensuring that it operates effectively as a team;
• Ability to operate constructively and build positive relationships with Board level and senior stakeholders (for example in this role you will regularly work with Ministers, senior Whitehall officials, Parliamentarians and other senior stakeholders) – communicating effectively/persuasively and demonstrating sound judgement;
• Ability to understand, evaluate and advise objectively on complex issues relating to social security;
• Ability to take an independent view (independent of both Government and other interested parties) which reflects a wide range of perspectives. To be credible, the Chair will need to be able to demonstrate their independence from the Committee’s primary stakeholders; and
• An understanding of Government policy and the political and financial context in which social security policy operates.
Desirable Criteria
• An understanding of finance and governance issues

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:
1. A CV (maximum 2-3 pages) with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.
2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 pages, font 12) – this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out on page 6. You should aim to provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result.
Please ensure your full name and the post for which you are applying are clearly noted at the top of your letter.
3. Public Appointment Monitoring Form. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application. This form includes:

• Personal information
• Equal opportunities monitoring declaration;
• Political activity declaration; and
• Conflicts of interest declaration.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Disabled Applicants
The Department for Work and Pensions operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview provided they meet the minimum criteria for the role decided by the selection panel at sift. To ensure fairness, the panel will not be informed of who has applied under the GIS until they have set the minimum criteria at the start of the sift meeting.

If you wish to apply for consideration under the scheme, please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration and send it with your application.
Reasonable Adjustments
If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend for interview, please advise us when you return your application.
Please email your application to:

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:
Carmela Keogh, ALB Public Appointments Team, Department for Work and Pensions | Private Pensions and Stewardship | 1st Floor, Caxton House | Tothill Street | SW1H 9NA

If you have any difficulty in sending your application or need the application pack in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audio CD, tape or e-text), please contact the ALB Public Appointments Team on 0207 7449 7181 or 020 7449 7437

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