Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Audit and Risk Committee Independent Member

Body: Education and Skills Funding Agency Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Education, Regulation
Location: During the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings have been held remotely and members are expected to have the technological capability to join online meetings/video calls. Under normal conditions travel may be required to London or other ESFA locations to attend committee meetings. Meetings will take place up to six times per year and last no more than 3 hours per meeting. Members are expected to attend each meeting in person.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, IT / Digital, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £500 per meeting
Time Requirements: 8 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Independent ESFA ARC members will be expected to participate fully in the ESFA ARC’s business, in particular by:

  • promoting sound corporate governance within the ESFA
  • considering the internal audit strategy and plans and reviewing the Head of Internal Audit’s interim and annual reports and assurance on corporate governance, risk management and internal control
  • considering plans, reports, management letters and any other matters, from the National Audit Office (NAO)
  • considering reports on business areas from senior ESFA officials to provide the committee with assurance on the management of major risks to the ESFA
  • reviewing the ESFA Resource Accounts and advising the Accounting Officer on the appropriateness of the draft governance statement, prior to submission to the NAO.

Person Specification



  • experience of strategic finance and finance operations, at a senior level in a business or other organisation, with good understanding of effective financial management disciplines.
  • knowledge and experience of governance, risk management, assurance, compliance and control in complex organisations.
  • experience related to organisational effectiveness and design (covering process design and management, programme & project delivery, systems implementation, customer service, results focus & management information).
  • the ability to consider issues strategically, contributing to strategic development with high standards of objectivity and integrity.


  • Finance and accounting in a public setting
  • Banking experience in debt capacity, monitoring and repayment of loans
  • Commercial/handling of contracts in large scale organisations or a public setting



Additional Information

See applicant pack

How to Apply

Suitably qualified candidates are asked to submit:

  • a competed personal details form including a completed Diversity Monitoring form, contact details (including email address) for two professional referees available, details of any conflict of interest and political activity.  The personal details form is available at Annex 2 of the applicant pack.
  • a comprehensive CV and a separate statement of suitability, of not more than two sides of A4, which outlines how you meet the requirements of the role.


Applications should be sent to:


Audit Risk member Applicant Pack 2021

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

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