Interim Head of Governance & Contracts - Cheshire

Competitive salary DOE. 3-6 Month Fixed Term Contract. Flexible/ Hybrid working - Not for Profit - Non Finance
Ref: 265 Date Posted: Wednesday 24 Nov 2021
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This Housing Association is looking for an Interim Head of Governance & Contracts to provide the organisation and its’ management, with independent assurance that operational and business support functions work effectively and continually progress towards the provision of outstanding services. The role is being recruited initially as a Fixed Term Contract with the strong potential for a permanent role.

The job:

The roles’ main focus is to deliver high standards of compliance in governance matters and support the board in a regulated environment. As the Interim Governance & Contracts Manager, you will report into the CEO & FD, and take ownership of corporate governance matters and other areas such as data protection, contracts management, SLA’s etc.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing high-quality board support and committee meeting support
  • Advise and support the ELT in line with regulatory/company rules, risk management, corporate strategy, and the business plan
  • Ensure compliance with all legal regulatory and statutory requirements including specific regulatory frameworks (e.g., Homes & Communities Agency)
  • Act as the main point of contact for the board members on all matters Governance, Regulatory and Compliance
  • Proactively review the quality standards ensuring they are fit for purpose and met with/maintained across the business
  • Ad hoc Governance projects around changing regulations. Reviewing and maintaining policy management systems are updated and embedded in line with changes.
  • Managing the tender process on any tenders currently in the pipeline and oversee the procurement and tendering of any new contracts or retenders that may arise during the interim period
  • Managing the contracts area to ensure it is kept up to date for relevant stakeholders including things such as Service Level Agreements (SLAs), leases and ensuring management agreements remain fit for purpose, are managed effectively and assist in contract negotiations where required
  • Monitor suppliers and contractors’ performance in line with contract/SLA’s and legislative requirements
  • Provide contract advice and support to the Leadership Team, Board members, and Managers
  • Ensure all tender processes comply with legislation, company policies and procedures, and good practice relating to procurement activity

This is a varied position where you will drive best practice in governance, risk and assurance and contract management, to ensure the CEO and Board can meet their duties to the organisation, and business continuity is assured.

The Person

  • You must have strong working knowledge of corporate governance principles with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills as you will be engaging with board members and key stakeholders
  • You will have a proven track record of successfully performing in a corporate governance role with excellent board support
  • You will ideally have or be working towards your ICSA qualification and any experience within the not-for-profit sector especially social housing is preferred
  • Experience of managing contracts

Work Environment

  • The role can be mainly WFH, with the North West offices available to use and to be available to be in the office around key meetings
  • The role is flexible to be part-time or full-time depending on individual applicant's level of experience