Senior Compliance and Reporting Manager

Job Title: Senior Compliance and Reporting Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £84,075, up to zone 6 travel card and civil service pension scheme
Reference: Sen Comp
Contact Name: Ruaidhri Magee
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 07, 2020 16:40

Job Description

Senior Compliance and Reporting Manager


Employer: Single Source Regulations Office

Sector: Non-Departmental Public Body

Location: London

Salary: £84,075 + Civil Service Pension Scheme+ Zones 1-6 London oyster card

Closing date: 25 October 2020

Advertised as a permanent post, but we are also open to secondment options


Senior Compliance and Reporting Manager


The SSRO’s principal aim is to ensure that best value for money is obtained for the UK taxpayer in Ministry of Defence expenditure on qualifying defence contracts, and that single source suppliers are paid a fair and reasonable price under those contracts. We support the regulatory framework established by Part 2 of the Defence Reform Act 2014 (DRA), which provides a basis for pricing single source (i.e. non-competitive) defence contracts and requires transparency from defence contractors about their prices. As part of the regime, contractors are required to submit a range of reports, and we provide guidance on those obligations and keep under review the extent to which they are being complied with.

We are currently searching for a Senior Compliance and Reporting Manager to join the Compliance team at the SSRO.


You will play a key role in reviewing compliance with reporting requirements and working to improve reporting. This will require you to take an active part in developing SSRO guidance and working with government and suppliers to ensure it is implemented in ways that promote efficiency and value. You will have the credibility to work with, and influence, a diverse set of stakeholders across government and industry. In doing so, you will build and maintain relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, helping to shape the SSRO’s policy, and address reporting and related issues.


You will have extensive experience and success in interpreting regulatory requirements and developing policy and regulatory projects in a relevant environment, such as management consultancy, audit, regulation or defence. You will be able to work successfully in complex, dynamic and fast-paced environments, delivering on time, with a proven track record of working on data related projects. You will be capable of working across disciplines and teams to help identify and resolve potential issues.


The role will require you to undergo national security vetting to the level of Security Check (SC).

To be considered, submit the following by email to


  • Your CV, on no more than 3 pages. Please include your contact details, the names of two referees (including their relationship to you and contact details), and your current salary and notice period.
  • A statement clearly addressing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria, on no more than 2 pages. This should be based on the criteria outlined in this advert, giving relevant examples where possible.


Applications without a both a CV and suitability statement will not be considered.

What will I be doing?


  • Play a key role in developing and delivering the SSRO’s compliance methodology, including associated monitoring and reporting.
  • Lead targeted and thematic reviews in relation to reporting requirements and deliver other projects as required.
  • Manage reporting issues identified by the SSRO to deliver outcomes that improve implementation of the regulatory framework. This will include drafting, consulting on, and publishing elements of the SSRO’s statutory reporting guidance.
  • Ensure efficient and effective procedures and processes are in place and maintained by the compliance team to examine the information captured through the SSRO’s Defence Contract Analysis and Reporting System (DefCARS), including providing input into updates to DefCARS.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders on matters related to reporting and compliance and support them to understand the guidance and comply with reporting requirements. This will involve visiting defence sites across the UK.
  • Evaluate and analyse reported data and other evidence to inform the SSRO’s work, including understanding the extent to which reporting obligations are being complied with, identifying issues with submissions and how these can be addressed, and tracking performance.
  • Provide insight into issues with the collection and use of reported data, for example by using the information captured through the compliance process, and propose actions to improve the regulatory framework and contribute to the legislative review programme.
  • Manage junior staff and oversee and review their work;
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams and work closely with colleagues from other teams (including the Regulatory Policy, Analysis and DefCARS teams) to deliver the SSRO’s work and provide subject matter expertise.
  • Prepare written documents such as letters, working papers, consultation documents and reports and give presentations to a wide range of internal and external audiences.
  • Undertake all tasks requested which are commensurate with the job title and salary.
  • Promote the SSRO’s values.


What skills do I need to be effective in this role?


  • Experience of engaging effectively with stakeholders and managing relationships, including with senior decision makers, and maintaining credibility and professionalism
  • Experience of leading on and delivering policy or regulatory outcomes in a government or regulated industry context, with the ability to interpret complex rules and regulations, and understand the underlying policy imperatives. Able to advise senior colleagues on complex issues and to recommend sensible and pragmatic solutions in line with the SSRO’s statutory functions.
  • Good analytical and research skills, with the ability to synthesise findings from a wide range of sources, including financial data, demonstrate attention to detail, and present findings in a clear, easy-to-understand format.
  • Good oral and written communication skills and proven ability to deliver written outputs that meet the necessary quality requirements. Experience of drafting sensitive documents, including briefings, consultation documents and reports.
  • A team player, with an engaging style, who works well under pressure, can effectively manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and has a track record of delivering to deadlines.



  • Education to degree level and/or relevant professional qualification. The SSRO, subject to funding availability, offers support to staff to attain relevant professional qualifications. 

Experience of working in a relevant field, such as audit, compliance, regulation, policy, defence contracting or public sector procurement.