Non Executive Directors for Serious Fraud Office

Body: Serious Fraud Office
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Defence, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £10,500 per year
Time Requirements: 15 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 07/01/2019

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) supports the UK’s prosperity and global market position by promoting stable business conditions through investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption.

As a Non-Executive Director (NED) you will work alongside the other Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and the SFO’s senior managers, as an equal member of the SFO’s Board. The Board will require a diverse mix of individuals to work effectively together as a team with a range of skills and experience. Collectively the team should have senior level experience in finance, governance, business and commerce, the legal sector, law enforcement and digital and data management. The Board requires an approach that combines consensus building with positive challenge.

You will share responsibility with the other Board members for the decisions made by the Board and for the success of the organisation. Your role as a Non-Executive will be to use your skills and your personal experience to:

  • contribute to the development of strategic plans to enable the organisation to fulfil its responsibilities;
  • enhance the performance of the executive team, through support and constructive challenge, in meeting the agreed goals and improvement targets;
  • contribute to the work of the Board and attend Board meetings;
  • be an advocate for the SFO through your support of its people and work;
  • ensure that the organisation values diversity in its workforce and demonstrates equality of opportunity in its treatment of staff in all aspects of its business;
  • be a member of the SFO’s senior Pay Committee — agreeing bonuses and remuneration for senior staff.

Person Specification

A significant record of achievement and personal effectiveness in senior leadership roles within the business/commercial sector, financial, legal, law enforcement and/or significant experience and understanding of ‘digital’, information and data management and an ability to act as a champion for digital and emerging technologies. Candidates for whom this would be a first Board appointment are also encouraged to apply.

  • A strong understanding of corporate governance and board level financial, risk and performance management.
  • Commitment to the values of the SFO.
  • Proven ability to consider complex issues from an impartial and balanced viewpoint, and facilitate collective decision-making.
  • The ability to work as an individual and as part of a team, with a positive and constructive style and good communication skills.
  • Demonstrable commitment to valuing the staff working for an organisation and their health and well-being.

It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of experience against each of the essential selection criteria.  These responses will be developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

How to Apply

Candidates will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview.


Please submit the following documents by email to;


  • A CV setting out career history, responsibilities and achievements.


  • A short supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria in the Person Specification for the role.  Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.


  • Diversity monitoring form – All candidates are requested to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Your data will be stored separately from your application and will at no time be connected to you or your application.


Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:


Executive Recruitment, Civil Service Talent, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.


If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact: Nicola Jenkins or Rachel Whyte

Conflicts of interest and diversity monitoring
FINAL candidate pack

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

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