Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) Non-Executive Board Member

Body: Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Defence, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Procurement, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £500 per day
Time Requirements: Approximately 24 (but potentially up to 48) days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/10/2022 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 09/01/2023

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The SSRO requires a non-Executive Board Member who will augment the skills and experience of the existing Board. We are seeking individuals with broad commercial experience, particularly of large capital projects, either as a supplier or a buyer. We would particularly welcome applicants who have had a senior professional career.

 Non-executive board members provide independent, constructive challenge and support and guidance to the SSRO executive.


  • Establishing the strategic direction of the SSRO (within a policy and resources framework agreed with Ministers).
  • Ensuring the SSRO are strategically placed and equipped to achieve their vision of becoming the recognised independent, authoritative expert on single source
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of strategies, plans and priorities.
  • Overseeing the development and review of key performance targets.
  • Ensuring that the SSRO complies with all statutory and administrative requirements on the use of public
  • Ensuring the SSRO is performing its role in providing value for money.

The new non-Executive Board Member to the SSRO will be appointed for a period of up to four years to start on 1 June 2023, to fill a position arising naturally from the end of the term of office of a current appointee.

Candidates should ensure they have considered the Eligibility Criteria and Conflict of interest and due diligence requirements.

The successful candidate must abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members[1].


Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates must demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

  • Commercial experience derived from a professional career at a senior level, particularly of large capital projects;
  • Experience of operating as an Executive or non-Executive within current corporate governance good practice and providing challenge and support to the organisation;
  • Ability to support a high-performing and inclusive approach to delivery, with a proven ability to balance trusted stakeholder relationships with delivering impartial advice;
  • Thorough and contemporary understanding and knowledge of one or more of the following fields:
    • Public procurement and commissioning;
    • Regulation;
    • Commercial contracting and delivery of major programmes;
    • Corporate finance;
    • Management accounting, cost engineering, risk management;
    • Engineering; and
    • Digital services/data analytics

 Desirable criteria

  • An understanding of the Defence sector.
  • Knowledge of procurement processes and practice in the public sector.
  • An understanding of how central government operates.
  • Understanding of data systems and economic regulation, and the ability to acquire knowledge through investigation.
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