Appointment Details

Office for Students

Job Title: Head of Data Assurance

Job Reference:QAHAUAD

Closing Date: Wednesday 22 Jul 2020

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of higher education in England, whose aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. It does so by regulating the higher education providers on its register to make sure they are delivering positive outcomes for their students and value for money; where they are not, it takes action.

The Head of Data Assurance is a key leader within the Data, Foresight and Analysis Directorate, leading a team to provide assurance over the data used to inform OfS’ regulatory interventions. They will ensure an effective data assurance programme is in place, reviewing existing approaches and developing novel approaches to assurance as required. Overseeing a small team of data assurance experts, they will minimise OfS’ data assurance risk and comprehensively investigate and defend data challenges.

Candidates will bring extensive experience in data assurance and/or audit and the ability to develop and deliver an annual data assurance programme. Able decision makers with independence of thought, candidates will have sound judgement and be able to adapt and create novel approaches to assurance activity. Candidates will be strong collaborators and leaders with the ability to manage a small team and their workload. Comfortable with ambiguity and personally resilient, candidates will be adept at communicating complex assurance issues effectively and building strong relationships inside and outside the organisation.

The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Office for Students on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference QAHAUAD. Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

The next stages of the process will take place in line with current government guidance, supported by video technology when required. Candidates will be supported in the use of this technology throughout the process. We will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that, if needed, candidates have access to communication support at all stages of the process.

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