Assurance Support Officer

UK Research and Innovation
31931.00 GBP Annual
04 May 2021
06 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Assurance Support Officer

GBP31,931 per annum

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

We are seeking an experienced Assurance Support Officer to support the Senior Assurance Lead to deliver our Assurance Plan and develop new processes to enhance control and oversight of all aspects of monitoring and reporting for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) portfolio.

Research and innovation (R&I) is at the heart of UK economic growth, the Industrial Strategy and an outward looking Global Britain. The ODA Unit supports the management of a multi-million-pound budget for research and innovation in developing countries. These Funds build science and innovation capacity in developing countries and the UK. Please note, you do not need to be an expert in ODA for this role.

This role is an excellent opportunity to support a wide portfolio of work related to governance, strategy, policy, fund allocation, risk management, project delivery and reporting, by assuring activities inhouse and across stakeholders to meet international, organisational and best practice standards. The context is one of rapid change, working across a number of organisations and teams. You will need the ability to pick up and understand new procedures quickly and act accordingly.

You will work with the Senior Assurance Lead to ensure an effective Assurance Management Framework to support the ODA R&I portfolio. A key focus of the role is to enhance the framework for control and oversight in response to external reviews and recommendations made on both Funds. This is a wide-ranging role, working with teams across the ODA Unit and stakeholder group.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Experience of developing, implementing and monitoring assurance plans in rapid changing environments
  • Experience of supporting assurance activities in a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder context
  • The ability to understand a diverse range of operational and strategic standards and risks
  • Exposure to working with senior stakeholders
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret needs and translate them into operating policy and procedures
  • Experience of contributing to managing change both internally and with external partners to deliver key outcomes and adapt to that change as smoothly (and in the most cost-effective way).

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.

The closing date for applications is 3rd May 2021. Interviews will be held on 12th and 14th May 2021.