Director Operational Risk

Homes England
BS1 6EH, Bristol (City Centre)
£87,138 - £128,144
21 Oct 2019
08 Nov 2019
Full Time
Organisation Type
Other Organisation Type

We are looking for:

Reporting directly to the Chief Risk Officer, this role is of key strategic importance for Homes England as the organisation undergoes a significant amount of institutional change.  The role holder will lead a team of 10-15 staff members responsible for identifying, measuring, monitoring and reporting on Operational, Cyber, Change and Transformation Risk plus Health and Safety throughout the Agency.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate both experience and technical understanding of Risk and Control Self-Assessments, ISO and Government standards, Cyber Security and Change/Project Management. Crucially this requires both an ability to dive into the detail and also take an informed, insightful and strategic view of the risks confronting the agency.  This will mean looking for weaknesses in organisational controls, efficiencies, processes, systems and structures in order to advise the Chief Risk Officer and Executive Directors on risks relative to the Board's Risk Appetite and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies.


Our successful candidate will:

  • A key part of the role is to be responsible for second line assessment and critical analysis of the Risk and Control Assessments (RACAs) plus Operational Risk reporting.
  • Responsible for the continuing assessment of strategic weaknesses in processes and controls across the organisation.
  • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for operational risk investigations across the organisation.
  • Responsible for Second Line of Defence (2LoD) cyber security, information security, information confidentiality and information integrity.
  • Responsible for a 2LoD view of physical security, health, safety and environmental risk.


The successful applicant will have:

  • Desirable in-depth experience in operational risk, if the person also holds professional risk certificates or memberships that would enhance their application.
  • Demonstrable experience of change management to ensure operational risks in a changing and growing environment are mitigated, understanding and advising across the Directorates of Homes England regarding potential risk scenarios.
  • This individual would be expected to have in-depth experience and knowledge of risk management, this person's team will have the ability to investigate all operations within the Homes England organisation, so has a very wide and all-encompassing remit.
  • Ambitious - this individual is a main driver to change in their area and as such will be a leader of change and improvement, have the desire to strive for better in their field and support the organisation to this aim.
  • Collaborative - working with departments across the Agency to collaboratively identify issues and develop solutions.


Homes England

Homes England is the Government’s housing accelerator, with the appetite, influence, expertise and resources to drive positive market change and meet the Government’s ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year. We are using our land, influence, funds and knowledge to increase the pace, scale and quality of new homes accelerating delivery in areas of greatest demand and helping create great places to live. Within the next few years, we will have invested over £27 billion across our programmes. To deliver against these aims we’re building a different kind of public service, join us in breaking new ground to make this happen.


How to apply

For more information on the role, please see the attached Job Description/Person Specification.

To apply for the role please submit both a CV and Diversity Monitoring Form.  Please ensure that your CV is a reflection of the competencies required as shown in the Job Description/Person Spec as this is how your application will be assessed against the role requirements. Please name your CV and completed Diversity Monitoring Form using your name and document type, for example “Your name – CV, or Your name – Diversity Monitoring Form”.

Return both by e-mail with the Vacancy Title and six digit reference number in the subject line, for example “Team Coordinator (5P0376)” to

It is important that you include your contact details on the diversity monitoring form; if you are successful at short-listing stage these details will be used to provide information regarding the next stage of the process.

Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application and interviews held as soon as practical after the closing date. The interview will consist of a range of questions around competencies, strengths/values and job specific questions. In terms of preparation, it is advised that you read and refer to the Job Description and Person specification. It is also valuable for you to spend some time reading our Strategic Plan which will give you an overview of the organisation and our values.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are regretfully unable to respond to every application individually. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the adverts closing date we will not be progressing with your application. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this role.

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