UK Research and Innovation Recruitment of Audit, Risk, Assurance and Performance Committee Members

Announced
Body: UK Research and Innovation
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education, Science & Technology
Location: Meetings will be held in both London and Swindon
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, HR, Insurance, International Experience, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Procurement, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: up to 7.
Remuneration: Members will be paid an honorarium of £3,400 per annum. Government officials, civil or public, are not permitted to receive payment.
Time Requirements: Approximately 5 ARAPC meetings per year, total workload expected to be 10 days each year.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Announcement

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

Science Minister announces non-executive Board members of UK Research and Innovation.
The 12 non-executive members of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Board have today (28 September 2017) been announced by Science Minister, Jo Johnson.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    20/11/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    11/12/2017 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    19/04/2017

  • Final Interview Date

    06/06/2017

  • Announcement

    28/09/2017

Vacancy Description

The Higher Education and Research Act (2017) establishes a new body, UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will lead in the development and delivery of a research and innovation strategy which maximises the advancement of knowledge and economic and societal impact based on more and better evidence and data. It will ensure that our research and innovation system is sufficiently strategic and agile to deliver national UK capability that drives discovery and economic growth or benefit, whilst maintaining the key characteristics of the current system that have underpinned the UK’s success.governance, risk management, the control environment, performance information and the integrity of financial statements. The ARAPC provides oversight and independent challenge regarding the implementation of policies and processes developed by UKRI. The main responsibilities are set out in the draft Terms of Reference.
The ARAPC will comprise of 6-10 members. The ARPAC will be chaired by a member of the Board and at least one other member of the Board will also sit on the Committee. All other members will be selected to ensure that there is an appropriate mix of skills required to discharge the responsibilities of the Committee.

UKRI ARAPC APPOINTMENTS
Members will be appointed by the UKRI Board, on the recommendation of the Chair of ARAPC. All members are required to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Committee.
UKRI is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.
Members will be appointed for a period of either two, three or four years – this is to stagger the future appointment of members.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL ARAPC MEMBERS
A fully effective ARAPC member will:

• Attend meetings;
• Work effectively within the public sector’s requirements for accountability and openness as defined in the “Seven Principles of Public Life”;
• Seek information from the Executive to ensure they are fully briefed;
• Be candid with peers and with the Executive, constructively challenging as appropriate;
• Seek to establish a Committee culture of accountability, and diversity of viewpoint;
• Quickly obtain a good understanding of the UKRI culture and structure including organisational objectives and current significant issues facing the organisation;
• Declares conflicts of interest and, subject to the Chair’s judgement, may be required to withdraw from discussions where a potential conflict arises.
Once the Terms of Reference is approved by the UKRI Shadow Board they will be added to this recruitment pack.

UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that, from 1 April 2018, will bring together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. The Audit, Risk, Assurance and Performance Committee (ARAPC) will be responsible for supporting the UKRI Board and Accounting Officer.

ARAPC is a formal sub-committee of the UKRI Board and will monitor and advise the Board on appropriate standards for assurance, risk management and internal control.
The ARAPC will have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping it achieve its strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation.

UKRI is seeking independent members with a mix of specialist accounting skills, including accounting, financial, risk management, information assurance, audit and corporate governance to enable the committee to provide appropriate scrutiny and advice to the Board.

The Higher Education & Research Act 2017 requires that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will establish nine Councils, with their own fields of activity, each led by an Executive Chair.
Eight of these councils will take on the role of the current seven research councils and Innovate UK and will operate across the whole of the UK. The remaining Council, Research England will take on the research and knowledge exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and operate in England. This application pack covers appointments to the UKRI Audit, Risk, Assurance and Performance Committee (ARAPC).

ROLE OF THE UKRI ARAPC
The ARAPC is a formal sub-committee of the UKRI Board. It is responsible for supporting the Board and Accounting Officer by reviewing the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances on
The UKRI is looking to appoint up to 7 members from Mid-February 2018 – if you have relevant expertise and experience we would like to hear from you.
For further details of the role and how to apply refer to the recruitment pack (link to be inserted).

The UK Research and Innovation Board is committed to the principle of public appointment with openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

UK Research and Innovation is particularly keen to ensure diversity in membership of its Board and its sub-bodies. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented are therefore especially welcome.

UKRI ARAPC APPOINTMENTS
Members will be appointed by the UKRI Board, on the recommendation of the Chair of ARAPC. All members are required to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Committee.
UKRI is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.
Members will be appointed for a period of either two, three or four years – this is to stagger the future appointment of members.
Members will be paid an honorarium of £3,400 per annum.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL ARAPC MEMBERS
A fully effective ARAPC member will:

• Attend meetings;
• Work effectively within the public sector’s requirements for accountability and openness as defined in the “Seven Principles of Public Life”;
• Seek information from the Executive to ensure they are fully briefed;
• Be candid with peers and with the Executive, constructively challenging as appropriate;
• Seek to establish a Committee culture of accountability, and diversity of viewpoint;
• Quickly obtain a good understanding of the UKRI culture and structure including organisational objectives and current significant issues facing the organisation;
• Declares conflicts of interest and, subject to the Chair’s judgement, may be required to withdraw from discussions where a potential conflict arises.
Once the Terms of Reference is approved by the UKRI Shadow Board they will be added to this recruitment pack.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Members will be selected to ensure that there is an appropriate mix of skills required to discharge the duties of the Committee.
All members are required to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Committee. We would therefore expect applicants to have experience in and/or understanding of at least one of the following areas:
• Current or recent senior experience of leading finance, accountancy or auditing functions in a large complex organisation;
• Current or recent experience of working as a member of an audit committee or similar relevant experience;
• Strong understanding of Risk Management;
• Understanding of or experience in dealing with IT and cyber security issues in large complex organisations;
• Understanding of Information Assurance (information governance, GDPR,FOI etc)
• Experience of oversight or management of major and complex programmes or business critical projects;
• Understanding of the governance, assurance, control and accountability structures and requirements within a large complex organisation ideally within the public sector;
• Experience of the higher education funding system;
• Understanding of wider Research and Innovation landscape/environments in which UKRI operates.
In particular the ideal candidates should also possess the following personal skills:
• Good communication and interpersonal skills;
• Sound judgement, integrity, probity and high ethical standards;
• Ability to work collegiately as part of a senior committee;
• Ability to critically and objectively challenge and probe.

It is essential that the successful candidate is able to commit the required time and attention to the role and have the full support of their employing organisation to do so.
MEETING ARRANGEMENTS
Availability
Members will be expected to participate in all formal ARAPC meetings (approximately five per year). Meeting arrangements will include scope for remote participation. The precise operating model will be determined by the ARAPC Chair in conjunction with the ARAPC members. The Chair may call further extraordinary meetings as necessary. Meeting will be held in or at UKRI offices in London or Swindon.

Remuneration
Members will be paid either an honorarium premised on an expected 10 days contribution per year or an attendance allowance plus expenses. Government officials, civil or public, are not permitted to receive payment.

HOW TO APPLY AND HOW MEMBERS WILL BE SELECTED
If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please contact the UKRI ARAPC workstream lead by email (riskmanagement@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk).

To apply, candidates should submit a CV (limited to three sides) and covering letter (limited to two sides) to (riskmanagement@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk) by 17:00pm on 11th December 2017. The covering letter is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate how they meet the person specification. Candidates are also requested to complete the additional forms on pages 8-13 and submit these with their application.

Once the deadline has passed, receipt of applications (covering letter and CV) will be acknowledged and then passed to the selection panel (see below) to review the applications against the person specification. The panel will agree which applicants will be selected for interview. At the final appointment stages, where applicants are as qualified on merit, the selection panel will seek to achieve a balanced membership in terms of, for example, diversity, expertise and experience.

The ARAPC Chair will make the proposed recommendation of appointments to the ARAPC in conjunction with the selection panel. A list will then be presented to the UK Research and Innovation Board for decision. The outcome of the Board’s decision will be communicated to candidates.
The selection panel for the ARAPC appointments is likely to comprise:

• Fiona Driscoll ARAPC Chair;
• 1 or 2 UKRI board members;
• One other person, who is independent from UKRI.

Indicative timescale for appointments is in the table below.

Deadline for applications – 11 December by 17:00pm (mid-day GMT)
Shortlisting decisions- December
Interview – January
Appointments confirmed – January
Induction – February
First Meeting – March

Person Specification

Members will be selected to ensure that there is an appropriate mix of skills required to discharge the duties of the Committee.

All members are required to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Committee. We would therefore expect applicants to have experience in and/or understanding of at least one of the following areas:
•Current or recent senior experience of leading finance, accountancy or auditing functions in a large complex organisation;
•Current or recent experience of working as a member of an audit committee or similar relevant experience;
•Strong understanding of Risk Management;
•Understanding of or experience in dealing with IT and cyber security issues in large complex organisations;
•Understanding of Information Assurance (information governance, GDPR,FOI etc)
•Experience of oversight or management of major and complex programmes or business critical projects;
•Understanding of the governance, assurance, control and accountability structures and requirements within a large complex organisation ideally within the public sector;
•Experience of the higher education funding system;
•Understanding of wider Research and Innovation landscape/environments in which UKRI operates.

In particular the ideal candidates should also possess the following personal skills:
•Good communication and interpersonal skills;
•Sound judgement, integrity, probity and high ethical standards;
•Ability to work collegiately as part of a senior committee;
•Ability to critically and objectively challenge and probe.

Additional Information

Applications will be acknowledged.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please contact the UKRI ARAPC workstream lead by email (riskmanagement@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk).To apply, candidates should submit a CV (limited to three sides) and covering letter (limited to two sides) to (riskmanagement@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk) by 17:00pm on 11 December 2017. The covering letter is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate how they meet the person specification.
By post:
Attention of: Carole Walker
Medical Research Council
2nd Floor, David Phillips Building
Polaris House, North Star Avenue,
Swindon, SN2 1FL

Check List. Please ensure all items below are submitted
A covering letter (2 sides max)
Data Protection Consent
A CV (3 sides max)
Potential or Actual Conflicts Of Interest
Preferred contact details
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Once the deadline has passed, receipt of applications (covering letter and CV) will be acknowledged and then passed to the selection panel (see below) to review the applications against the person specification. The panel will agree which applicants will be selected for interview. At the final appointment stages, where applicants are as qualified on merit, the selection panel will seek to achieve a balanced membership in terms of, for example, diversity, expertise and experience.

The ARAPC Chair will make the proposed recommendation of appointments to the ARAPC in conjunction with the selection panel. A list will then be presented to the UK Research and Innovation Board for decision. The outcome of the Board’s decision will be communicated to candidates.

The selection panel for the ARAPC appointments is likely to comprise:

•Fiona Driscoll ARAPC Chair;
•1 or 2 UKRI board members;
•One other person, who is independent from UKRI.

Attachments
UKRI ARAPC application pack Final
UKRI Applicant details form Final
UKRI ARAPC Terms of Reference
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