Office for Students

Compliance and Student Protection Manager

Job Reference QAHAUE
Closing Date Friday 12 Nov 2021

Remuneration: £71,198 – £75,084

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.

Working together to manage a matrixed team of 80, the Compliance and Student Protection Managers will lead on and deliver regulatory activities and policy development on the basis set out in the OfS’s regulatory framework. This will include registration of higher education providers and monitoring and enforcement activities for those already registered. Engaging with key stakeholders internally and externally, together the postholders will be a strategic and creative influence within the directorate, managing a high-quality and motivated team with responsibility for both individual provider casework and policy development. The Office for Students is currently seeking to appoint two Compliance and Student Protection Managers.

Candidates will bring an understanding and experience in regulatory theory and practice along with experience in the use of a systems approach to the design and delivery of services. Confident decision makers, candidates will have the ability to reach reliable judgements on the basis of complex evidence and in novel circumstances. They will be able to approach challenges proactively and think innovatively about the OfS’s approach to regulating providers. Candidates will be strong leaders and collaborators with the ability to manage teams, and their workload, within a matrix structure. Comfortable with ambiguity and personally resilient, candidates will be adept at communicating complex regulatory issues effectively and building strong relationships inside and outside the organisation.


The OfS regulates the higher education sector on behalf of all students. We value diversity and the wealth of perspectives, experience and ideas that it brings to our work and we strive to embed equality of opportunity in everything we do. We recruit based on fair and open competition and welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, race and ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.  To attract the widest possible field of qualified applicants, flexible working, for example job share and part time working, apply to this role.

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 using reference QAHAUE. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 12 November 2021.

We aim to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.