Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Non Executive Directors x2

Body: BEIS
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy
Location: The NDA operates 17 sites across the UK and has offices in Cumbria, Warrington and London. The ability and willingness to travel around the UK will be essential
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £40,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    30/09/2020

  • Closed for Applications

    26/10/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 30/11/20

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 14/12/20

  • Announcement

    TBC

Please note that the panel sift and interview dates may change

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

NDA Board members play a critical role of national importance. The Board provides effective leadership and direction to the NDA, offering appropriate and robust challenge in shaping the organisation’s strategy. Appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in consultation with Scottish Ministers, Board members will lead the NDA through a period of change. Led by the Chair, the Board will maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and represent the NDA externally.

Government is seeking candidates to chair the NDA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and its Programmes and Projects Committee.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Board is accountable to Ministers. The NDA Board directs the strategic development of a long-term programme of nuclear decommissioning and clean-up work, and related waste management operations.
  • As part of the Board, non-executive members hold the NDA executive team to account and are responsible for the institutional health of the NDA, long-term planning, custody of assets and overall programme prioritisation and integration. This includes strategic leadership on safety, health and environment, as well as safeguards and security for programmes across the estate.
  • Non-executive members are expected to bring both individual expertise and knowledge complementary to the NDA’s overall mission, as well as to engage as collectively as part of the Board. A willingness to engage in a breadth of Board topics at all meetings is essential, it is likely that non-executives will sit on two Board committees including one as Chair.
  • Non-executive members are expected to both challenge and support the executive in defining and delivering the Board’s strategy. It is particularly important that the Board should be equipped with an understanding of managing and financing major projects and be able to assess these in terms of underlying risks and assurance, so that it can evaluate and challenge proposals, in the interests of the NDA and the taxpayer.
  • As a collective, and under the leadership of the Chair, the Board is expected to establish a close and effective working relationship with the CEO and the executive team of the NDA and be available to provide them with advice and support as required. The Board should also constructively manage relationships with leaders across the NDA group, particularly with subsidiary Boards and Chairs. The Board will assist in the further development of a world class management team as it moves into a new phase in its operations.
  • Under the leadership of the Chair, the Board will play a leading role in the NDA’s engagement with its key stakeholders, both with Parliament and HM Government – including Ministers and officials in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Government Investments (UKGI), HM Treasury, and the Scottish Government – and externally, such as the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), local stakeholder groups, and its supply chain –as an influencer and working in conjunction / partnership with the CEO and other senior Executives, as well as the NDA’s subsidiaries within the wider NDA group to ensure that the NDA understands, and has the right profile with, its stakeholders.

Person Specification

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

AUDIT & RISK ASURANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Essential

  • Audit Committee experience as a Non-Executive on the Board of a complex organisation;
  • Chartered accountant or equivalent qualification with relevant financial expertise at a complex organisation;
  • Experience overseeing risk at a Board level;
  • Experience of shaping and implementing strategy and delivering transformational change; and
  • Previous experience chairing a Board or Board committees as a Non-Executive.

Desirable

  • Risk Committee experience as a Non-Executive on the Board of a complex organisation;
  • Experience working with government in accountancy or financial reporting; and
  • Familiarity with a similarly complex and regulated sector at an Executive or Non-Executive level.

 

PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Essential

  • Knowledge and experience of major projects;
  • Large scale programme / project management and assurance with capital intensive industries;
  • Experience of major infrastructure project procurement, contract management and contract execution;
  • Experience working at Board level in either an Executive or Non-Executive capacity; and
  • Previous experience chairing a Board or Board committees as a Non-Executive.

Desirable

  • Experience as a Non-Executive at a comparably complex organisation;
  • Familiarity with a similarly complex and regulated sector at an Executive or Non-Executive level; and
  • Experience of major infrastructure project procurement, contract management and contract execution in a government context.


SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL QUALITIES – FOR BOTH ROLES

  • Clear and effective influencing and communication skills, including an ability to contribute fully to Board discussions;
  • Team working and collaboration skills, including an ability to work together with other Executives and Non-executives in the organisation to solve collective problems;
  • An open and independent mind with the courage to challenge existing assumptions effectively but constructively, and communicate with a wide range of audiences;
  • Strategic thinking with an ability to analyse complex issues and promote innovative thinking;
  • Results orientation and a willingness to look for solutions combined with a focus on targeted performance measurement; and
  • Adaptability and pragmatism, including an ability to adapt quickly to fast moving situations.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference ANAI, or call +44 (0)20 7227 0880.  Applications close noon on 26 October 2020.

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