Governance, Risk and Assurance Senior Manager
West Midlands Police
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
6d ago

About the Role :

Are you an evangelist of good governance? Can you demonstrate a track record of tailoring risk management and assurance activities to a complex organisation?

West Midlands Police is looking for an outstanding individual to lead its Governance, Risk and Assurance team, which will design and implement the force's governance, risk management and assurance structures and policies.

  • The role will oversee a team of 10, with line management of two manager and two coordinator roles. Alongside the core activities mentioned above, the team also provides organisational learning and evidence based practice coordination and advice to the force;
  • an improved policy coordination service to ensure our policies are clear, available and up to date; and, liaison with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) who independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out strategic leadership of the governance, risk, assurance, HMICFRS liaison, policy and business support functions, ensuring robust frameworks for compliance, corporate standards and best practice, as well as strengthening the underpinning governance framework where good governance enables the effective delivery of strategic objectives.
  • Take ownership of the corporate risk register, risk management cycle and associated governance. Scan and consult the organisation on risk, issues, assumptions and dependencies.
  • Liaise with the Head of Strategy & Direction, Deputy Chief Constable and Force Executive on matters requiring oversight and intervention.

  • Maximise effective corporate governance through training and development plans, team evaluation and ensuring the appropriate skills mix.
  • Work with the Force Executive and other senior leaders to review and embed a robust assurance framework and develop and maintain strong relationships with governance board members and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Oversee effective HMICFRS liaison and information exchange to ensure WMP is adequately progressing any outstanding recommendations and areas for improvement, as well as suitably prepared for any inspection or review activity.
  • Embed a governance culture that ensures the delivery of key objectives through robust risk management and compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Accountable for leading the provision of business assurance activities including high quality strategic advice, structures, systems, policies and processes to drive continuous improvement in governance, assurance and risk management.
  • Develop strong relationships with corporate partners, external agencies and partner organisations and ensure executive team has the appropriate support.
  • Oversight of a selection of statutory returns (e.g. Annual Governance Statement, Force Management Statement), ensuring adequate analysis of the likely impact of those returns has been undertaken prior to submission and that data has been appropriately optimised (in addition to assuring accurate and timely submission).
  • Assist with briefing on and developing the Force’s performance dashboards.
  • Work closely with colleagues from other areas of the Force in understanding the needs and requirements of internal and external client groups, and ensure these needs are reflected in the Team’s service.
  • The post holder will need to stand in for the Head of Strategy & Direction from time-to-time.
  • Knowledge and Experience

    Essential : 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.
  • Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Desirable : Experience


  • 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
  • Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Skills Essential

  • 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
  • Desirable

  • 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.

    Diversity and Inclusion Vision : Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities"

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