Small Business Commissioner Advisory Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

Announced
Body: Small Business Commissioner
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Birmingham and occasionally in London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £350 per day. Members will be reimbursed for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses that are properly and necessarily incurred in respect or their appointment.
Time Requirements: 4 days per year

Announcement

An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Heidy Rehman and Laurence Milsted have been appointed as non-executive directors at the Small Business Commissioner’s Office.

Date: 16/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    10/04/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    01/05/2018

  • Panel Sift

    14/05/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    21/06/2018

  • Announcement

    16/01/2019 at 15:00

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC), established by the Enterprise Act (“the Act”) 2016, builds on a package of measures to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment practices in the private sector. The SBC covers the whole of the UK (including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The SBC is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), operationally independent of Government and a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – the responsible department for late payment policy in the private sector.

The SBC’s approach builds the confidence and capabilities of small businesses to assert themselves in disputes with larger businesses, whilst preserving important commercial relationships, with proportionate powers to dis-incentivise unfavourable payment practices. To achieve these objectives, the Commissioner provides general advice and information on matters such as resolving payment issues, delivered through his website (which any business can use), including signposting small businesses to existing support and dispute resolution services.

The Commissioner also considers complaints about payment issues between small business suppliers (with fewer than 50 staff) and their larger private sector customers (with more than 50 staff), making non-binding recommendations on how parties should resolve, remedy or mitigate disputes.

 

The Advisory Board:

As the SBC is a corporation sole[1], it will have an Advisory Board, rather than a formal board of directors, which the Commissioner is now seeking to form. The successful candidates must have held a position of responsibility in the private, public or charity sector with a demonstrable ability to think and work strategically at board level and exercise sound judgement. Successful candidates are to participate in board meetings held on at least a quarterly basis.

The Advisory Board will consist of the Commissioner (as Chair), three external members and representation from BEIS. The Advisory Board will have an advisory and governance function only and no decision-making or executive functions in its own right.

The Board’s primary purpose is to assist the Commissioner in discharging his statutory responsibilities. The roles and responsibilities for all Board members will be ensuring that:

    1. governance matters, decision-making and financial management are carried out appropriately;
    2. the office of the SBC office is managed effectively;
    3. effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control, including the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems and
    4. quality and performance of the organisation is maintained in a manner consistent with the standards expected of a public body.

 

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee:

Successful candidates will also sit on the SBC’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (in accordance with the Code of Good Practice for Corporate Governance and The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Handbook). Representatives of the SBC’s internal auditors (Government Internal Audit Agency) and external auditors (National Audit Office) will normally attend Committee meetings. The SBC will not be a member.

This Committee will support the Commissioner as Accounting Officer in discharging his responsibilities. The Committee will ensure proper stewardship of the SBC’s resources and assets. It will oversee financial reporting, and monitor the effectiveness of the SBC’s audit arrangements, internal controls, governance and management of risk.

Further information about the work of the SBC can be found at: https://www.smallbusinesscommissioner.gov.uk/

 

[1] The Small Business Commissioner was set up in legislation as a corporation sole. Although the Commissioner has an office to support them in their duties, it is only the Commissioner that is a legal entity (or has a separate legal personality).

 

Person Specification

There are three external vacancies, one covering each of the following areas:

  • Corporate Services, Governance & Business Improvement
  • Finance & Procurement
  • Audit and Risk Assurance

 

The Advisory board members will play a central role in promoting the interests of Small businesses. The Audit and Risk Assurance role will require members to conduct assessments of the office of the SBC’s internal governance and control functions.

 

Essential Criteria for all candidates:

For all posts we are particularly interested in candidates’ experience of leading and delivering change, driving continuous improvement initiatives throughout all operations:

  • Strong operational experience, particularly in governance, finance and procurement and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Strong team-working and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with other board members/SBC staff to explore issues, with the aim of reaching collective agreement on questions and advice relating to governance matters and the office of the SBC’s operations.
  • Proven ability to work to tight timescales in considering evidence, offering consistency and logical analysis to reach fair judgments based on sound reasoning.
  • To lead by example in respect of the Small Business Commissioner’s aims, strategic priorities and values, and to act as ambassadors for the organisation.
  • The UK Corporate Governance Code and best practice in the area of commercial governance.
  • Abide by the Nolan principles of public service (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership) and commit to the principles of diversity and inclusion.

 

Person specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria relevant to the role.

 

Corporate Services, Governance & Business Improvement

The purpose of the Corporate Services, Governance & Business Improvement Board member is to provide strategic advice and support to the SBC on the office of the SBC’s governance, and the SBC’s effectiveness and policy outcomes. The focus for this role will be on securing business improvement and driving results.

The successful candidate will play an important role in assisting the SBC in the discharge his governance responsibilities, according to the principles set out in Managing Public Money.

 

Essential criteria:

  • Experience in ensuring effective governance in the management of organisations.
  • An ability to effectively monitor effective organisational performance and ensure legal compliance
  • Provide oversight of the organisation’s key performance drivers and providing sound leadership in driving the successful delivery of these
  • Has strong commercial awareness, with an ability to provide constructive challenge of programme delivery, sound financial management with a view to the SBC achieving its strategic objectives
  • Experience at management at a senior management level or board experience

 

Desirable qualities: 

  • Experience of driving performance improvement
  • Experience of Marketing, Communications and Media planning
  • An understanding of the working of a non-departmental public body and associated governance requirements.
  • A well-developed network of senior contacts within key stakeholder groups, including small businesses, large businesses, trade associations and ombudsmen.

 

Finance & Procurement

The postholder will support the SBC to ensure that the office of the SBC is financially sound and efficient in pursuit of its strategic objectives; the organisation makes effective use of its resources in pursuit of its strategic objectives.

The postholder will play an important role in assisting the SBC by providing advice to ensure the quality and financial performance of the office of the SBC is maintained in a manner consistent with the standards expected of a public body. Providing strategic oversight of budgets and financial management, including scrutinising financial performance and financial risk, recommending best practice mechanisms for recording.

 

Essential criteria:

    • Qualified finance professional who will maintain a critical overview of the SBC’s financial controls to ensure that all expenditure is managed in accordance with the principles set out in “Managing Public Money” including affordability, value for money and the highest standards of probity.
    • The ability to think strategically, to offer direction on the analysis conducted by staff of the office of the SBC and as an Advisory Board member will support in the preparation and drafting of the SBC’s Annual Report and Accounts.
    • Proven experience and good understanding of financial management disciplines in contracting, purchasing and finance.
    • Ability to interpret complex financial information.
    • Experience or an ability to develop a strong understanding of strategic and commercial procurement controls when buying goods and services.
    • Experience at management at a senior management level or board experience

 

Desirable qualities:

  • Understanding of government financial systems.
  • An understanding of the working of a non-departmental public body and the associated financial requirements.
  • A well-developed network of senior contacts within key stakeholder groups, including small businesses, large businesses, trade associations and ombudsmen.

 

Audit & Risk Assurance

The purpose of the Audit & Risk Assurance board member is to support the SBC, to discharge his responsibility to ensure proper stewardship of the SBC’s resources and assets. The postholder will oversee the effectiveness of the risk management strategy in accordance with the Treasury guidance Management of Risk: Principles and Concepts to identify, assess and provide recommendations on how the strategy could further utilise relevant aspects of best practice in corporate governance.

The successful candidate will play an important role to assist the SBC to monitor the effectiveness of the organisations audit arrangements (internal and external), internal controls and management of risk: including review of the organisations risk management strategy and agreeing the strategy with the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

 

Essential criteria:

  • Qualification or a track record in risk management its theory and practice in effective management or previous experience of working on an Audit and Risk Committee’.
  • Considerable experience and understanding of risk management systems and procedures for assessing, monitoring and managing risk.
  • Ability to set the risk appetite and ensure controls are in place to manage risk.
  • Understanding of the public sector, specifically non-departmental public bodies.
  • Experience at management at a senior management level or board experience.

 

Desirable qualities:

  • An ability to understand of the working of a non-departmental public body and the associated audit and governance requirements.

 

Additional Information

The successful candidates will each be appointed for a period of not more than four years by the Secretary of State. Such appointments and processes will comply with The Governance Code for Public Appointments. The performance of the successful candidates will be assessed by the SBC when being considered for reappointment, and advice provided to the Secretary of State.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk

 

  1. A Covering Letter
  2. A CV
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity form

 

Please ensure that you include in the subject box:

SBC Advisory Board: Corporate Services, Governance & Business Improvement;

SBC Advisory Board: Finance & Procurement; or

SBC Advisory Board: Audit and Risk Assurance

 

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

 

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor  ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

 

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

 

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

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