Chief Executive Officer - Central Arbitration Committee

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 22nd November 2019

Reference number



£48,171 - £60,620
National - £48,171 - £56,470, London - £52,321 - £60,620, If existing Civil Servant, pay policy will apply.


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Business Management and Improvement
Human Resources

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Fleet, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Mildenhall, Newcastle, Nottingham

About the job


The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) is an independent tribunal with statutory powers chaired by Stephen Redmond. Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, it has been given statutory responsibility to adjudicate disputes over trade union recognition. It also has powers in relation to the Information and Consultation Regulations, European Works Councils and the European Company Statute and it determines claims from trade unions on the disclosure of information for collective bargaining purposes. The CACís approach is flexible and seeks to be problem-solving and in line with its general duty to have regard to the object of encouraging and promoting fair and efficient practices and arrangements in the workplace. The CACís role with regard to trade union recognition presently forms the vast majority of its work.
The work is undertaken by panels appointed to each case, made up of a deputy chair, employer member and worker member (three on each case) and supported by a team of 8 staff (including four case managers) who are employed by ACAS. A case manager is appointed to each case to work with the panel. There are currently 30 committee members with 6 deputy chairs, 14 employer members and 6 worker members with more appointments.

Job description

The CEO, along with the Chair, is responsible for the achievement of CAC business objectives and accountable for the CACís performance in relation to the processing of disputes, expenditure of public funds and management of resources in accordance with ACAS and public sector policies.
The position of the CEO ensures that all operational activities are in line with agreed policies and performance in relation to dispute resolution processing and outcomes. The post holder is expected to identify areas of concern and support related decision making by the Chair and Deputy Chairs to ensure consistent operational policy. The post holder is expected to have a level of expertise and knowledge which will be influential with the Chair and 6 Deputy Chairs who are eminent employment academics or legal experts. This capability is a key aspect of the post and of the CACís overall direction and management.
The post holder is required to represent the CAC through constructive relationships with senior stakeholders, as far as possible avoiding the involvement of the Chair in resolving matters such as guidance on legislation and CAC policy and appointments of committee members that may arise, apart from exceptional occasions such as meeting Ministers.


Please refer to the Job Description for further information.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace



Please view candidate pack for further information.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
To apply for this position, please submit:
ē CV and Statement of Suitability on the Essential Criteria. Your statement of suitability should be no longer than two sides of A4. It should avoid generalised assertions, instead including specific examples of achievements, explaining the degree of challenge, what you did and the outcomes.
ē Diversity monitoring form
Please submit this to

The closing date for this job is 22 November 2019 at 23:55 pm.
Interview will take place week commencing 9 December 2019. Interviews will be Behaviours based.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact James Jacob (CEO-CAC) - 03301093617 or Stephen Redmond (Chairman) - 07967588515
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Code and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact us on in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from us, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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