Department for International Trade: Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Member

Body: Department for International Trade
Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London (reasonable adjustments will be taken into consideration where appropriate and video conferencing will be put in place if/as required)
Skills required: Audit and Risk, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1 ARAC Independent Member
Remuneration: £5,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Approximately 12-15 days per annum, including four-five Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meetings per annum.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for International Trade is offering a rewarding opportunity for a new member to join its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. This is an exciting time to join the Department for International Trade. We particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates.


The Department for International Trade helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade. We are an international economic department, responsible for:

  • Supporting and encouraging UK businesses to drive sustainable international growth.
  • Ensuring the UK remains a leading destination for international investment and maintains its number one position for international investment stock in Europe.
  • Opening markets, building a trade framework with new and existing partners which is free and fair.
  • Using trade and investment to underpin the government’s agenda for a Global Britain and its ambitions for prosperity, stability and security worldwide.


What is ARAC?

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is a subcommittee of DIT’s Departmental Board and is charged with ensuring that the DIT Departmental Board and the DIT Accounting Officer (Permanent Secretary) gain the assurance they need on governance, risk management, the control environment and on the integrity of the financial statements. The remit also covers other important elements of the Annual Report and Accounts. 

You can find out more detailed information by reading the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee handbook. 

The current composition of the ARAC consists of the following five independent members including the Chair:

  • Dominic Johnson CBE – Departmental Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM) and ARAC Chair
  • Sir Stephen O’Brien – NEBM+ Independent ARAC Member
  • Jos Creese – Independent ARAC Member
  • Hanif Barma – Independent ARAC Member
  • Robert Milburn – Independent ARAC Member

Members work closely to advise the Secretary of State, Accounting Officer and Departmental Board members on governance, risk management, integrity of the financial statements and the control environment in meeting the Board’s and Accounting Officer’s assurance needs.  The ARAC also works closely with Government Internal Audit Agency and National Audit Office.

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For more information on management teams for GIAA and NAO please visit the


Person Specification

In order to complement the skill sets of the existing ARAC members, the successful candidate will have expertise deployed at a senior level in a large and complex organisation in one or more of the following:  

  • Managing cloud-based technology estates with a particular focus on cyber-security 
  • Knowledge and Information management  
  • Delivery of significant organisational transformation programmes  

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following essential skills and qualities for the role:  

  • The ability to contribute and inspire confidence whilst providing independent challenge, scrutiny, and support to a wide range of stakeholders in both formal environments (such as Committee meetings) and in less formal environments (such as one to one meetings with Departmental Non-Executives and Senior Officials) 
  • An appreciation of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring their experience to bear on these challenges 
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues) 
  • Genuine interest in contributing to the effective running of the Department 

Previous non-executive director experience is not required but would be desirable. 

Additional Information

Important information to consider 

 All candidates are expected 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. For more information regarding security clearance please see the UK National security vetting: advice for vetting subjects.  

Due diligence will be carried out at the shortlisting stage, which will include searches of candidates’ financial probity, public statements, character reference and publicly available social media profiles. You will also be asked to declare any conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest.

How to Apply

The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation.

To make an application please email us your CV, covering letter and diversity monitoring form (attached below) and send to DIT APPOINTMENTS <>  

*Applications must be received by 23:00 on 13/12/2021

Guidance on CV Format 

Please ensure you CV includes: 

  • Your full name, title, contact number and your personal email address. 
  • Maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial black font, setting out your career history in chronological order, and including the dates you occupied these roles. 

Guidance on Cover Letter Format 

  • The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate to the Advisory Assessment Panel how you can demonstrate the skills and experience outlined above 
  • Please provide subheading and separate paragraphs in relation to how your meet each criterion. 
  • Write all acronyms in full when first used. 
  • Ensure your full name and the title of the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter. 
  • The maximum page limit for your letter is two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial black font.


 Candidate Declaration Form  

It is a requirement of the appointments process that we ask interested applicants to declare the below activity as part of our due diligence. These comprise: 

  • Declaration of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest;  
  • Previous conduct which could bring the reputation of the Department into disrepute;  
  • Political activity; 
  • Requests for references; 

As such, please complete and return the Candidate Declaration Form (attached below) as part of your application. Please note that we will also carry out searches of candidates’ financial probity, public statements, and publicly available social media profiles. 

Diversity Monitoring Form  

We are committed to recruiting candidates that reflect the diverse communities we serve. To do this we ask candidates to fill out a diversity monitoring form which is signposted below at the end of this information page. The information you provide will help support us ensure that our recruitment processes are fair to all and allow us to attract diverse and talented candidates. 

However, you should note that political activity detailed in this form will be provided separately to the panel and may, if appropriate, be discussed with you during your interview. 

Disability Confidence Scheme 

 The Department for International Trade is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all candidates during the selection process, so that appointments are selected from the widest pool of talent available. 

We are signed up to the disability confidence scheme and as part of that commitment is that we guarantee an interview to any candidate who: 

  • has disclosed a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010 (see definition below); and 
  • meets the essential criteria for the post(s) in question, as set out in the role advertisement.

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. 

If you wish to apply under the disability confident scheme, please complete the disability confidence form (attached) and return it with your application. 

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date. 

DIT Candidate Declaration Form non-regulated appointments
Disability Confidence Form

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

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