Governance, Risk and Assurance Senior Manager

200000HW Requisition #
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Knowledge and Experience

  • Extensive experience of working within a governance, risk management and assurance environment.
  • A track record of achievement in the drafting and implementation of good corporate governance and policy in a large and complex organisation.
  • Experience of using technology to optimise information management (e.g. action and decision tracking) and knowledge exchange (e.g. risk and organisational learning) linked to the smooth running of an organisation’s governance bodies.
  • Experience of operating with a high degree of credibility at a senior level within an organisation.
  • Delivery of effective risk mitigation, risk management and governance arrangements at project, team and organisational levels.
  • High level strategic awareness and experience of performance assurance, risk management and analysis, and the skills to understand a range of complex issues.
  • Management experience and the ability to manage, train and coach Managers and other team members.
  • Ability to understand and interpret organisational policies, procedures and working practices in all areas of the business and any issues which may influence the development of longer-term strategies.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse communities served by the team.
  • An appreciation of a range of research and evaluation methods.


  • Experience of working in a senior governance, risk, assurance role within the policing/law enforcement sector.
  • Experience of managing relationships with government departments/non-departmental government bodies/other public authorities.
  • Internal audit experience – either as an auditor or running internal assurance processes (e.g. assurance mapping).
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a senior position supporting stakeholder or senior management committees in their efficient operation.
  • Professional experience in policy analysis and evaluation



  • Educated to degree level and/or relevant professional qualification.
  • ICSA (The Chartered Governance Institute) qualification/membership.
  • Member of ALARM (the national association of Risk Managers).
  • Highly developed knowledge of public sector working.
  • Knowledge of the UK Corporate Governance Code / Corporate governance in central government departments / Good Governance in the Public Sector (CIPFA/IFAC), or similar.
  • Demonstrable strategic leadership and project management skills.
  • Excellent people management and leadership skills with a proven capacity to engage and motivate staff as well as a proven aptitude in enabling and management of performance.
  • Ability to challenge constructively whilst maintaining positive and professional relationships.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills and ability to apply these skills at all levels of the organisation, and with relevant external bodies, to shape future policy and processes.
  • IT literate and confident.
  • Capable of effectively managing multiple projects and functioning productively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent presentation skills, demonstrating ability to synthesise and present compelling and clear argument in pursuance of the organisational objectives
  • Evidence of your ability to construct concise and compelling briefings and produce complex, strategic reports for colleagues, Committees and the general public.
  • Able to extract statistical data from records for monitoring purposes


Person Specification

  • Personal dynamism, demonstrating drive, innovation and initiative.
  • Ability to work and respond within challenging timeframes, adopting a flexible and positive approach to ensure outcomes are effectively delivered.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of the aptitude to develop effective internal and external collaborative relationships.
West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions. The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

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