Senior Risk Lead

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 17th October 2021


Reference number



£52,077 - £66,051
National (£52,077-£58,707) London (£58,596-£66,051)


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CFO Group - Corporate Finance

Type of role

Risk Management

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Worthing, South East, BN11 1UA : City of Westminster, London, SW1A 2BQ

About the job


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

Looking for your next challenge? Working for the UK Government’s Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) your role will be to support us by strengthening our governance, risk and assurance arrangements, working collaboratively across all parts of the Department.

Managing risks is a key part of everyday life, in and outside of the workplace and we are aiming to be a leading-edge function, continuously learning and developing, with a strong focus on adding value and insight and developing our people. You will be part of a small, committed and friendly team, responsible for managing the department’s risk register and developing HMRC’s risk framework.

Job description

This role offers a unique view of the whole Department and how it operates internally, as well as the role it plays in supporting wider government objectives and the economic health of the UK. It will stretch and develop your strategic skills, making you consider not just the Departmental view of issues but also how our actions fit with, and impact on, the rest of Whitehall and the Government.

As the Senior Risk Lead you’ll be meeting regularly with your risk contacts and helping them to improve their risk frameworks and increase the understanding of risks in their area.

You will work with risk leads and managers throughout HMRC, its Agencies and Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) to improve risk maturity.


Will include producing the Department’s risk register, working with and influencing senior decision makers across the department and identifying and analysing information and developing risk reports for the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Departmental Board.

Reporting to the Head of Risk you will be responsible for ensuring business groups, Agencies and ALBs have robust risk management systems in place. You will also be developing reports for the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Departmental Board.

The candidate will:

• Develop an awareness and understanding of the wider organisation and external context and how this impacts risks in the organisation.
• Prepare briefing, risk and performance analysis, reports and publications for senior stakeholders.
• Actively contribute to HMRC Performance and Risk reporting process, understanding the timeline, information flow from data providers all the way up to our Executive Committee, HMRC Board, Audit & Risk Committee and HMT, ensuring effective and smooth running of the process.
• Provide expert advice to enable the business to conduct the risk management process including risk identification, assessment, management and monitoring of risk, and to improve risk management maturity.
• Build strong stakeholder relationships that promote join up across the risk community within HMRC and Arms Length Bodies, influencing senior leaders to support decision making.
• Contribute to the development of the risk management framework by producing guidance and tools as required.
right risk capabilities and behaviours to ensure continuous improvements in the management and maturity of risk.

Essential Criteria

You will have a keen interest in risk management and how it can help an organisation deliver its strategy and objectives. This should come from a background in risk management or in working with senior decision making functions in your organisation, and having seen the practical benefits and pitfalls of other risk management processes.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 22 days leave (pro rata for part time staff), which increases to 25 after a year’s service and 30 days after 10 years’ service.

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet' for further information

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a CV, Personal Statement and demonstrate 2 specific Behaviour examples.

CV - will consist of 2 elements:-

You will be presented with two text boxes. The first will ask for your employment history - here you should set it out like a traditional CV, making sure to following the following format: -

• Name of employer
• Dates worked (to and from)
• Job title
• Brief description of your main role / responsibilities (please ensure you match this section against the job advert / essential criteria)

The next text box will ask you to include any relevant qualifications you may have.

Personal Statement – this should outline, in no more than 500 words, how you meet the essential criteria, your suitability for the role and what experience you bring to the role.

Behaviours - at interview only

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process.

• Leadership - Show pride and passion for public service. Create and engage others in delivering a shared vision. Value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.

• Communicating and Influencing: Communicate with purpose and direction showing clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. You will be able to simplify complexities and influence others to gain their agreement.


Depending on application numbers an initial sift may be carried out on your Personal Statement.

Where there is an initial sift on the Personal Statement, we will provide scores to people who do not meet the minimum standard only. If your application progresses to a full sift, all elements will then be considered and scores provided.


If your application progresses to interview the behaviours will be explored along with Experience and Strengths may also be assessed.

Application sift is planned to be carried out WC : 18 October 2021
Interviews, if required are planned to be carried out WC: 1 November 2021

Please be advised that the above dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

Please note that your application may be rejected if you exceed the word count as specified.

Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than 48hours before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording eg. Please re-open my application - 149665 & vacancy closing date 17.10.2021.

Security Update

If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for CTC is 3 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

HMRC transformation

HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions

We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.


If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Where we have offered multiple location choices, a strict merit order will be applied to all candidates regardless of location preference.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here

HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Reasonable adjustment

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  James Pike
Email :
Telephone :  03000529424 / 07557 164169
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

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