Director of Corporate Services
Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí Corparáideacha

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Director of Corporate Services
Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí Corparáideacha

Salary: £96,498 – £99,508

Closing date: 4pm (UK time) on Friday 11 November 2022

Assembly Grade: 2

What we're looking for

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an outstanding individual to join the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Senior Management Team as Director of Corporate Services. This is a challenging and rewarding position and you will make a significant contribution to the leadership, life and work of the Assembly.

Working at the Assembly offers a dynamic and rewarding career. You will be joining an exceptional, high-profile organisation with a dedicated and inclusive team, working in a fast moving and constantly changing political environment, where no two days are the same.

We are seeking a talented, motivated, energetic leader focused not only on delivering the highest quality of services, but also on maintaining and developing a professional, highly skilled and motivated workforce. You should have a passion for the Assembly and be able to bring ambition, innovation and fresh thinking to our services and how we deliver them.

The Director of Corporate Services reports directly to the Clerk/Chief Executive. As a member of SMT, the Director of Corporate Services provides collective strategic and operational leadership and advises and supports the Clerk/Chief Executive in her non-procedural duties.

SMT comprises the Clerk/Chief Executive, the Director of Corporate Services, the Director of Legal, Governance and Research Services and the Director of Parliamentary Services.

The Director of Corporate Services is a critical role with significant responsibility for leading and managing the Assembly Commission’s main corporate functions of Finance, Human Resources (HR), Building Services and Usher Services, with approximately 140 staff.

  • Financial services – corporate strategy development, business planning, budgeting, monitoring, financial reporting, payroll services for staff, Members and Members’ staff, the administration of financial support to Members and the administration of the Assembly Members’ Pension Scheme.
  • HR services – recruitment and retention, learning and development, industrial relations (for example, the administration of discipline and grievance procedures), performance management, attendance management, equality and good relations. HR advice and support services to Members.
  • Building services – maintenance and management of the Grade-A listed Parliament Buildings, health and safety, sustainable development, catering, cleaning and the supply of office stationery and equipment.
  • Usher services – visitor management and internal and external security.

The Director of Corporate Services requires a range of highly effective leadership and management skills and an extensive level of relevant experience to manage these corporate functions effectively and efficiently and to continue to transform their delivery through innovation and the development of high-performing teams.

The Director of Corporate Services will also play a key role in developing, implementing and monitoring the Assembly Commission’s Corporate Strategy and Corporate Plan.

We are therefore seeking an impactful leader, with a track record of achievement and an ethos of customer focus and continuous improvement to deliver high-quality, progressive and efficient services.

Core Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Contribute to the strategic and collective leadership of SMT.
  • Contribute to the development, monitoring and review of the Assembly Commission’s ambitious Corporate Strategy, Corporate Plan and Annual Plans.
  • Lead on, or contribute to, the development of corporate policies to support the business of the Assembly Commission.
  • Build and maintain effective and constructive strategic relationships with Members, government officials, legislatures and a range of other key stakeholders such as the Commissioner for Standards and the proposed new Remuneration Board (formerly the Independent Financial Review Panel).
  • Lead and direct strategic transformation through benchmarking and best practice against other similar organisations.

People and Performance

  • Provide dynamic and visionary leadership for staff, creating an enthused and responsive workforce that is highly proficient and focused on delivering excellence in all aspects of the organisation.
  • Embed a culture of learning and innovation and ensure that staff are appropriately qualified, experienced and skilled in order to deliver the services required by the Assembly.
  • Promote a strong performance culture by focussing on targets and outcomes.
  • Embed a culture of continuous improvement through organisational development, transformational change and innovation to deliver services that are high-quality, progressive, efficient and customer focused.
  • Develop and maintain an organisational performance framework to ensure successful and timely delivery of contracts and projects.

Accountability and Corporate Governance

  • Maintain a robust framework for sound financial management and the monitoring and control of budgets to ensure the effective use of public resources and maximise value for money.
  • Prepare high quality, clear, concise papers and reports for SMT and the Assembly Commission to keep them appraised of relevant corporate matters.
  • Comply with all of the Assembly Commission’s staff policies and procedures including Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work policies and procedures and all mandatory training requirements.
  • Manage information and records in accordance with established policies and statutory requirements.

You may also be required to carry out other duties that the Clerk/Chief Executive reasonably requires of you.

What we're offering
Essential Criteria

At the closing date for applications, applicants must have:

1. Successfully completed the professional examinations and be a full, current member of one of the bodies listed below:

a) Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

b) Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

c) Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

d) Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

e) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

f) Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Membership of alternative accounting bodies, recognised as equivalent by the selection panel, will be considered.

2. A minimum of 4 years’ senior management* experience in a significant and complex organisation** with responsibility for a range of corporate functions including finance, and developing, implementing and monitoring corporate strategies and effective operational plans.

3. Clear evidence of leading and developing a range of professional, highly- skilled, high performance teams to deliver effective outcomes and performance improvements in line with customer requirements.

4. A track record of leading on and delivering significant service restructuring and improvement and demonstrating flexibility, adaptability and resilience under pressure.

5. A track record of building and maintaining effective internal and external relationships with a range of key stakeholders where differing views have to be managed.

* Senior management is defined as membership of, or reporting directly to a team at the highest level of organisational management in the public, private or voluntary sector who have the day-to-day responsibilities of managing an organisation or company. For example, reporting directly to a Chief Executive, Director or to a company board.

** A significant and complex organisation is defined as having a range of diverse business functions and a budget in excess of £10m.

The Selection Process

There are five elements within the Recruitment and Selection Framework:

Experience – the knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.

Ability – the aptitude or potential to perform to the required standard.

Technical – the demonstration of specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications.

Assembly Skills and Behaviours –the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job.

Strengths – the things we do regularly, do well and that motivate us.

All elements which will be assessed for this role and the selection method(s) that will be used are detailed below. Further information on the Recruitment and Selection Framework are included in the Guidance on Recruitment and Selection for Applicants.

The essential criteria reflect the experience and knowledge that an applicant must possess in order to be able to undertake the role. An eligibility sift will be carried out on the basis of the information contained in the essential criteria section of the application form. You must therefore demonstrate clearly in your form how, and to what extent, you meet with the essential criteria for the post.

As part of this stage of the selection process, applicants will be required to complete:

a) an online leadership profile;

b) an assessment exercise which will be undertaken on the day of the interview; and

c) an interview.

Interviews are planned for 24 and 25 November 2022

The selection panel reserves the right to hold a further interview stage if deemed necessary.

Further information on the Recruitment and Selection process is available in the Recruitment and Selection Framework and Guidance on the Recruitment and Selection for Applicants.

Director of Corporate Services
Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí Corparáideacha

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The deadline for applications expired at 4pm on Friday 11 November 2022.

Further Information

If you require more information on the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources Office on 02890 521741 or email

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Please note that the application form will be unavailable from 18:30 until 23:00 on Monday 17 October 2022 due to maintenance of the system.

If you are unable to access the form during this time please try again later.