UK Atomic Energy Authority - Non-Executive Directors x2

Body: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: Oxfordshire / Various
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 12 days per annum for a period of 4 years

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    29/04/2021

  • Closed for Applications

    13/06/2021

  • Panel Sift

    TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Our Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) support the effective governance of the UKAEA. They ensure high standards of propriety and promote efficient and effective use of staff and other resources throughout the organisation.

They also advocate on behalf of UKAEA across the nuclear and technology sectors and to the general public, and help to secure sustainable funding, particularly from European agencies, to support the UKAEA’s work.

Key responsibilities of the NEDs will be:

  • To oversee the strategic aims and objectives of UKAEA consistent with its overall strategic direction and within the policy and resources framework determined by the Secretary of State.
  • To ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.
  • To maintain the reputation and profile of UKAEA, including in aspects relating to values, equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • To serve the interests of stakeholders, both internal and external, and to bring independent judgement to issues of strategy and performance.
  • Advocacy on behalf of UKAEA across the nuclear and technology sectors and to the general public.

 

Person Specification

We are looking for two NEDs with both roles focused on a particular portfolio, either UKAEA’s technology and infrastructure OR focused around UKAEA’s organisational, financial and corporate functions.

For both roles, you will be passionate about the role R&D can play in the UK economy and society.

Please ensure you have made clear in your application which role you are applying for, or if you would like to be considered for both.

In the event that a large number of applications are received, a sift on the lead criteria for each role may take place.

 

Role 1: Focused around UKAEA’s technology and infrastructure programmes.

Essential Criteria:

  • Lead criteria:It is expected that you will have previously held a senior operational role in a large infrastructure-based organisation, such as oil & gas, defence, healthcare, aviation, transport operations or the emergency services.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex financial and non-financial information to identify key issues/implications and make balanced judgments and effective decisions.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to understand, breakdown and challenge complex issues clearly.
  • Ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and management issues.

 

Desirable Criteria: 

  • Experience of effectively managing large, complex programmes or projects in the digital or technology sectors.
  • Understanding of fusion R&D, and interest in the transfer of fusion technology expertise to adjacent sectors.
  • Management experience and knowledge of effective governance at a senior level in complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, preferably at Board level.
  • Understanding of governance in public sector research establishments.

 

Role 2: Focused on UKAEA’s organisational, financial and corporate functions.

 Essential Criteria:

  • Lead criteria: Ability to Chair the Audit Committee of a large complex organisation.
  • Knowledge of the effectiveness of internal controls, the risk management framework, regulatory compliance and the arrangements for the prevention and detection of fraud.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex financial and non-financial information to identify key issues/implications and make balanced judgments and effective decisions.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to understand, breakdown and challenge complex issues clearly.
  • Ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and management issues.

 

    Desirable Criteria: 

  • Experience of any of the following: industrial innovation and the development and use of Intellectual Property and technology transfer; public sector pension schemes.
  • Understanding of fusion R&D, and interest in the transfer of fusion technology expertise to adjacent sectors.
  • Management experience and knowledge of effective governance at a senior level in complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, preferably at Board level.
  • Understanding of governance in public sector research establishments

 

Additional Information

Please tailor your application to show how you meet the criteria listed. You should set out your suitability for the role(s) you wish to be considered for and how you clearly meet the criteria set out.

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

The closing date for applications is 11pm on 13 June 2021.

Your application is submitted in two parts.

Both parts must be submitted by 11pm on 13 June 2021 for your application to be considered complete. Late or incomplete applications received after this date will not be accepted.

For us to progress your application, you must submit the following by 11pm on 13 June 2021:

Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability

  • One document combining a two-page statement of suitability (see note below on content) and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). Any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel. The key to a good application is to tailor it to the role and give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience, previous career achievements and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the criteria
  • Send to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk with UKAEA NED in the subject heading.

 

Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form

  • Complete this online form. As a Disability Confident Leader, BEIS will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the published minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability. Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

 

Your supporting statement should:

  • cover in detail how you meet the criteria listed for that role;
  • be tailored to the role, describe what you would bring, describe your vision for the role, highlight any previous career achievements etc.

 

Please note: feedback will not be provided after the sift stage. Only candidates who attend an interview will be provided with feedback.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Nadia Toma in the first instance at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk

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