Chief Executive of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office

Recruiter
Location
London
Salary
£76,000 - £85,000
Posted
04 Aug 2017
Closes
01 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Chief Executive of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office

The Role

The Chief Executive will be the most senior Civil Servant in IPCO. They will be expected to provide support to the IPC, and leadership to the Civil Service staff in the Office. You will be involved in the early stages of the development of IPCO, and will need to be confident in working closely with the IPC to define and deliver his strategic vision.

You will need to carefully manage the relationship between IPCO and Government, negotiating for IPCO to be suitably resourced while ensuring value for public money. 

Key responsibilities

The Chief Executive will provide leadership to IPCO and support the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and Judicial Commissioners, all of whom will be senior judicial figures. Main responsibilities include:

  • Leadership: responsibility for around 50 Civil Service staff within IPCO, and managing the relationship between IPCO’s judicial and civil service staff.
  • Strategy and resourcing: Supporting and advising the IPC in the development of an organisation that meets the Commissioner’s vision, is able to fulfil the requirements of the Act, and meets the expectations of Parliament.
  • Governance: Ensuring IPCO is well run and supporting the IPC in ensuring the office fulfils the statutory functions of the office as set out by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. In particular, this will include providing ongoing assurance to stakeholders over IPCO’s ability to provide timely consideration of warrant applications so as to avoid operational impacts on the SIA and LEA community.
  • Stakeholder Management: Represent the interests of the IPC when dealing with senior stakeholders both across Government and in the Security and Intelligence Agencies (SIAs) and Law Enforcement (LEAs) to ensure the IPC is fully able to fulfil its statutory functions. The post holder will also need to be confident engaging with academia and the third sector on the IPC’s behalf.
  • Security: Embedding a culture of compliance to the highest standards of security and the appropriate handling of classified information.
  • Financial management: Negotiating with the Home Office to ensure IPCO has the appropriate resources to deliver. Overall responsibility for an annual budget of around £5-7m. Ensuring that IPCO runs efficiently and its expenditure delivers value for money. 

Competencies

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Proven leadership and management abilities: ability to inspire, creating and maintaining an effective team culture; provide direction on a range of issues arising from for example sensitive casework and investigations; develop talent and play a key role in the development of a new organisation.
  • Extensive delivery experience and success in establishing new teams.
  • A track record of ability to deliver results in a complex, politically sensitive environment.
  • Communicating and influencing abilities to create strong relationships with stakeholders, to listen to them, negotiate with them and deliver business with them, and to confidently engage with government, the third sector and academia while representing the IPC’s independent interests, and advise the IPC and senior judicial figures effectively.
  • A strong analytical approach to delivery and an ability to identify and deliver process improvements.
  • Flexibility, given the high profile nature of the work of IPCO, and adaptability to meet new demands and operational requirements.
  • Strong financial management skills and the ability to prioritise and manage resources effectively to meet operational requirements.

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Closing date: midnight on 1 September 2017.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.