Governance and Compliance Officer
Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council
Lewes and Eastbourne, England, UK
11h ago


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Located in the heart of the Sussex countryside and one of the principal towns of the South Downs National Park Lewes offers the best of town and country. It is no surprise that the District is considered among the most desirable places to live and work in the UK.

Lewes town is one of the jewels of the South Downs National Park and the District also possesses many picturesque towns and villages, all with their own unique character.

Whilst nearby Eastbourne is a resort town on England’s southeast coast. On the seafront are Victorian hotels, the 19th-century Eastbourne Pier and a 1930s bandstand. Discover a wide range of shops in Eastbourne from high street shopping at The Beacon to the quaint Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea, and the boutiques in the Enterprise Centre.

One of the most attractive aspects of living and working in the Lewes and Eastbourne area is the quality of life it has to offer. It is a truly exceptional location. Make the most of the area by enjoying a wide range of activities including country walks, water sports and much more.

Our offices in Lewes and Eastbourne are located close to Train Stations with direct connections to the coast and London. However, the Council provide all the necessary IT and

infrastructure to enable home working and maintain a good work life balance

The best of town, country and coast”

Job Description

Post Title

Governance and Compliance Officer


Regeneration and Planning


Property and Development

(Development, Investment and Delivery)

Grade / salary

Grade C

Reports to

Governance and Compliance Lead

Date prepared

April 2022

Job Purpose

  • To provide governance, audit, and risk management and monitoring services across the team in the delivery of capital property projects (corporate development, asset regeneration, housing delivery and investment).
  • To support in the management of team and project performance monitoring, including the establishment and oversight of key performance indicators, contributing to corporate reporting requirements.
  • To work across the companies, supporting the Governance and Compliance Lead in the management and delivery of operations, in accordance with constitutions, articles, agreements, and other arrangements in place.
  • To work across all functions in the team, supporting with the establishment, terms, and overall conduct of Project Boards, review panels, decision-making forums, joint ventures, frameworks, and such other groups that may arise in the future.
  • To produce, monitor, and sustain processes, procedures, systems, and registers that support with effective governance, audit, risk, and performance management across the projects delivered and activities of the team in-line with best practice.
  • To support in the development of structures, processes, policies, and procedures, including the development of related reports, to support in the management of projects and enabling of decision-making.
  • To support the Head of Development, Investment and Delivery to meet the wider strategic aims and to work across the organisation and companies, contributing to the Corporate Plans, business plans, strategies, capital programmes, and financial targets.

Key Tasks

  1. 1. Supporting the Governance and Compliance Lead on project, investment, and commercial governance, implementing and maintaining structures, and supporting with the operational mechanisms for reporting and decision-making.
  1. 2. Supporting and advising on the operation and proper conduct of Project Board’s, Project Review and Sign-off Panel (PRSOP), CLEAR Sustainable Futures (CSF) Joint Venture, Modular Housing Framework, and such other forums as established.
  1. 3. Supporting in the management of client relationships internally and externally, specifically the Client function, and to progress contract and service reviews as part of the commercial audit process, escalating matters of concern in a timely manne
  1. 4. Maintaining a suite of project and programme KPIs, as well as monitoring and updating risk registers, issues, and decision logs, supporting with the coordination and production of the relevant status and monitoring reports ensuring, consistency, compliance, and future proofing.
  1. 5. Supporting the data gathering, analysing, and interpreting process to support in the production of status reports related to governance, audit, risk, and performance related matte
  1. 6. Drafting, implementing, and reviewing policies and procedures within the team and companies, including supporting with the management of Service Level Agreements and Management Agreements implemented with service partne
  1. 7. Supporting to implement, monitor, and maintain management action plans to improve governance, performance, audit, and risk across the team.
  1. 8. Ensuring effective management of governance, audit, risk, and performance related documentation and filing for future retrieva This should be in accordance with a regularly maintained and reviewed system for effective project document management.
  1. 9. Undertaking support and administration in relation to company secretarial supportfor the companies. To arrange directors’ and shareholders’ meetings, preparing agendas, attending meetings, preparing minutes and supporting papers, circulating announcements, coordinating actions, and the monitoring and support in company complaints and correspondence.
  1. 10. Supporting with internal and external audit procedures for the management of projects together with the project team.
  1. 11. Supporting with PR, media, and publications in relation to the companies, including procurement and contracts, and associated resident group / panels on the behalf of the companies as required.
  1. 12. Working and communicating to assist shareholders, Board Members, and Directors as requir
  1. 13. Helping the project team to ensure internal approvals and financial sanctions are obtained at appropriate stage
  1. 14. Helping to monitor and track project progress against milestones and defined deliverables, including risks and issue
  1. 15. Supporting with the production of management reports, including the development of the

Reporting Pack for PRSOP.

  1. 16. Assisting to vet new business enquiries and opportunities from a governance and risk mitigation perspective, ensuring transparency and compliance with corporate/company poli
  1. 17. Undertaking any other duties as may be reasonably required.

Corporate Accountabilities

  1. 1. To promote equality of opportunity in service delivery in line with strategic commitment and corporate poli
  1. 2. To promote a culture that is supportive of the Council’s purpose, aims and values, and to

take all reasonable steps to maintain good employee relations.

  1. 3. Staff are encouraged to participate fully in promoting a safety culture to protect the safety and health of themselves, colleagues and other people affected by the Council’s activities.
  1. 4. To understand and apply the council’s Data Protection and Data Quality policy and


  1. 5. Any other duties commensurate with the nature of the pos
  1. 6. To cover absence of colleagues as appropriat
  1. 7. Work shifts are to meet the requirements of the
  1. 8. You will be required to support the Councils’ corporate priorities and to ensure business

continuity e.g., emergency response, elections, deployment to critical services.

  1. 9. Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at ri The Corporate Safeguarding Policy and Procedures provides a framework within the Council, setting out responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk. The policy applies to all employees, councillors, volunteers, and service providers that are commissioned by the council.
  1. 10. To work within the Council’s Core Competencies Frame Central to the delivery of the role are the values and behaviours set out below. These are shared by all employees and applied to everything we do. The bullet points for each competency are examples of performance required:

Core Competencies

Sharing the Vision -

Understands the Council’s purpose, context,

Shaping the Future

goals, objectives, and values, and is willing

to behave consistently with them.

Knows the strategic direction of the Council and acts in support of it.

Communicating Well

Contributes to and participates in an organisation where high quality information flows smoothly both internally and externally.

Works positively to gain understanding from others.

Driving Improvement

Takes responsibility and ownership for


decisions, actions, and results.


Takes actions to improve skills, knowledge,

and level of contribution.

Seeks and delivers high standards for self, team, and Council.


Self-motivated and professional.


Is organised and uses time and technology efficiently.

Adopts a flexible approach to change.

Delivering for our

Demonstrates a desire to identify and give


priority to meeting and exceeding the needs

of internal and external customers, generating high levels of customer satisfaction.

Working Together

Actively contributes to team working, sharing information, valuing the input of others.

Works co-operatively and is committed to building, productive, positive relationships. Demonstrates commitment to achieving overall team objectives.

This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such details will vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility involved.



  • Educated to A level or equivalent; or qualified by strong relevant experience within a project, development, or risk management environment


  • Governance, audit, and/or risk management related qualification

TRAINING Essential

  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Customer service


  • Communications training
  • Audit process and procedure


  • Good written and verbal communication skills with a commitment to high levels of

customer service

  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Comfortable liaising with service providers, external stakeholders, and third-party organisations
  • Can undertake assessments of projects and business matters to identify risk and areas for improvement
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good numerical and analytical skills, ideally at advanced Excel level
  • Highly organised, with the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Diplomacy and ability to maintain confidentiality


  • Can track and manage project risks using appropriate tools and industry methods


  • Knowledge of project management, governance, risk and audit management tools and techniques
  • Knowledge of risk management methodologies
  • Understands the importance of stakeholder engagement and


  • Understands internal / external audit processes
  • Knows how to control and monitor project budgets


  • Knowledge of the property needs of local authorities and knowledge of the key issues facing local government
  • Role and function of a Company



  • Project management administration, risk management, and/or support experience in any context
  • Recent experience using risk and project management administration tools
  • Has undertaken governance, risk and/or audit management and administration, including financial control, in any context
  • Has tracked and managed project risks, issues, actions, and decisions


  • Has supported the project management of a residential and/or commercial capital development project
  • Experience working with internal and external delivery partners, monitoring contracts, and engaging with impacted stakeholders



  • Willingness to work within the councils’ core competency framework


  • Access to a vehicle and able to travel
  • An engaging, enthusiastic, and positive manner with a strong “can do” approach

All staff must be prepared to have an understanding of the Equal Opportunities, Customer Care and Health and Safety policies. Managers in particular, must have a commitment to implement and abide by these policies.

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