The Small Business Commissioner Advisory Board, Members *Now Extended 01/09/2022*

Body: Small Business Commissioner
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Birmingham
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Remuneration for the role will be £350 per formal meeting. There is an expectation of four to five meetings per annum. Remuneration and expenses are taxable.
Time Requirements: 4-5 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Dates are subject to change.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The SBC has been operating for four years and is about to embark on a period of significant challenge. Not only is the economic outlook different from that of four years ago but it is increasingly difficult for the businesses we serve. The SBC’s Board will benefit from having two new Non-Executive Directors with significant experience in supporting a range of organisations through change, and greater understanding of the needs of the smallest of the UK’s small and micro businesses which have in the past led the way out of recession, and given the right support at the right time, will do so again.

The role and function of the SBC are vested in the statutory office of the Commissioner. The SBC’s Board has an advisory and governance function only and no decision-making or executive functions. The Board’s primary purpose is to assist the SBC to discharge their responsibilities on a long-term strategic basis, as set out in the Framework Document governing the relationship between the Department and the SBC.


Person Specification

You will need to be committed to using your own wider experience and knowledge to provide independent oversight of, and support to, the Small Business Commissioner in their strategic planning and decision making. You will use your strong operational experience, particularly in governance and finance, to develop strategy and implementation of policies and procedures, whilst offering impartial advice, constructive challenge and strategic support to the SBC.

You will be adaptable and inclusive with strong team-working ethics and excellent communication skills. You will have sound knowledge of governance and risk management through your experience of working in the small business sector or a small arm’s length body with strategic insight. You will use your experience of managing complexity in finance and procurement when involved with problem solving, audits and other measurement activities. You will also provide advice using your sound judgement and expertise of audit and risk assurance together with your knowledge of risk management systems.

Essential Criteria: 

The successful candidate will demonstrate in their application all of the following:  

  • Strong operational experience, particularly in governance and finance, development of strategy and implementation of policies and procedures, in order to offer advice and support to the SBC. 
  • Strong team-working and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with other board members/SBC staff, and to provide advice and constructive challenge to the SBC.   
  • Experience of working with or running a small business and/or a small arm’s length body. 
  • Proven ability to work to tight timescales in considering evidence, offering consistency and logical analysis to reach fair judgements based on sound reasoning. 
  • Considerable experience of business improvement, finance and procurement. Or experience of audit and risk assurance with understanding of risk management systems, procedures for assessing, monitoring and managing risk.

Desirable criteria  

  • Strategic thinker with transformation experience. 
  • Ambassadorial skills. 
  • Chairing and Non-executive director experience. 

Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 11/08/2022 Late applications will not be accepted.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

How to Apply

Your application is submitted in two parts.

Both parts must be submitted by 23:00 on 01/09/2022 in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability
•One document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria•Save the document as ‘Surname, First initial –URN 505 –The Small Business Commissioner’.
•Send to URN 505 –The Small Business Commissioner in the subject heading.

Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.
•Complete this form.

SBC Candidate Pack - V2

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

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