- Experience at Board level as a Chairperson or Non-Executive Director in supporting, challenging, and holding to account a strong executive team
- The ability to think strategically, set clear direction and effectively command the confidence of a range of audiences
- Change oriented, with a track record of supporting complex transformation within organisations, including operational, organisational and cultural change
- Experience in supporting organisations to develop a high quality, high performing, diverse and inclusive workforce at all levels of the organisation
- Excellent inter-personal skills, including experience of building networks, managing complex relationships and effectively influencing senior stakeholders
- Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd
- Sponsor department
- Ministry of Defence
- Business, Change Management, Commercial
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- 6 day(s) per month
- £90000 per annum
- Length of term
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 11:59pm on 7 October 2022
Timeline for this appointment
5 September 2022
11:59pm on 7 October 2022
14 November 2022
Interviews expected to end on
28 November 2022
- Experience of working in a capital-intensive industry and / or engineering or manufacturing, with the delivery of high-integrity, tightly specified products.
- A record of supporting companies to deliver commercial growth and diversify into new markets.
- Experience of working with the public sector
- Providing strategic leadership to and managing the Sheffield Forgemasters’ Board, as the Company embarks on its major recapitalisation programme;
- Developing the Board as a whole: increasing its breadth of skills and overall effectiveness; ensuring its continuing progress and its composition; and assessing skills against requirements;
- Ensuring the Board operates in line with good corporate governance, including the Government Code of Good Practice for Corporate Governance and the Cabinet Office Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies;
- Directing the frequency, agenda, content and conduct of board meetings, and ensuring that members are provided with suitably high-quality papers to enable the Board to consider properly all relevant matters
- Providing clear direction and focus, ensuring Sheffield Forgemasters’ strategy, conduct and incentives are aligned with its strategic objectives, and those of the Department;
- Establishing an effective working relationship with the Sheffield Forgemasters’ Chief Executive and the Executive Team and being available to provide them with advice and support as required;
- Playing a leading role in Sheffield Forgemasters’ engagement with its key stakeholders, supporting the company to deliver commercial growth and diversify into new markets.
- Providing advice to the MOD on the Sheffield Forgemasters’ strategic direction, objectives and risks, business performance and governance;
- Advising MOD on the performance of the Chief Executive and the Board, reinforcing the principles of accountability which apply to organisations within the public sector;
- Agreeing the composition of the Board with the Shareholder. This includes considering succession planning, taking into account its diversity and ensuring the right balance of expertise and experience;
- On behalf of the Board, the Chair will be responsible for escalating to the shareholder material matters where agreement between the Sheffield Forgemasters’ Chief Executive and a majority of the Board’s Non-Executive Directors cannot be reached.
Application and selection process
- A CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications (maximum two sides A4, minimum font 12)
- A short supporting statement giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the criteria of the role and required specialism(s). Please provide specific examples (maximum two sides A4, minimum 12 font)
- In addition, you are expected to complete the expression of interest form and provide contact details for two referees (by providing their details you are giving consent for us to contact them should you be successful at the shortlisting stage) and identifying any conflict of interest
- Completed applications should be emailed to SFM@kornferry.com by the closing date of 23:59 PM 7th October 2022.
- Korn Ferry will acknowledge receipt of your application and keep you updated on the progress of the competition. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application
- After long-listing, The Assessment Advisory Panel (AAP) will sift and assess each application against the criteria, to produce a shortlist to invite to interview
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to ‘one-to-one discussions’ with key stakeholders. Further details will be provided to you in advance
- The AAP will then conduct interviews to ascertain which candidates are appointable to the role
- Interviews are expected to take place in Korn Ferry’s Offices, Ryder Court, 14 Ryder St London, SW1Y 6QB. Further details about the format will be provided to you in advance. A subsequent visit to Sheffield Forgemasters’ site may be required
- The decision to appoint to this role rests with the Secretary of State
- Candidates considered appointable by the AAP may be invited to meet with the Secretary of State or Minister for Defence Procurement before a final decision is made. As a result, there may be a delay in informing candidates of the outcome of the competition
- The successful applicant will be required to sign the Official Secrets Act and go through the appropriate security checks for this position
This is a Reserved post. Only UK nationals may be appointed in such posts.
The candidate is expected to inform the Secretary of State if they intend to accept a prominent position in any political party and to understand that the appointment may be terminated if it is felt that the position is incompatible.
There are circumstances in which an individual may not be considered for appointment. If:
- You have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of 3 months or more in the last 5 years;
- You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order, or a debt relief order or interim debt relief order under Schedule 4ZB to the Insolvency Act 1986;
- You are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
- You have been removed from trusteeship of a charity.
Additional information for candidates
MOD gathers diversity evidence on MOD’s public appointments. This data is collected in the public interest for statistical monitoring and to inform MOD’s recruitment policies in accordance with the Department’s public sector equality duties. If your answers contain any information that allows you to be identified, MOD will, under data protection law, be the controller for this information.
Once you have completed your application, you will be sent an automatically generated email asking you to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Your Diversity Monitoring Form will be stored separately from your application and will play no part in the selection process. Anonymised statistical breakdowns may be shared with the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for the purpose of informing public policy on equal opportunities in public appointments.Diversity information retained in personalised form will be deleted after the regular statistical returns to the Cabinet Office have been completed.
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