Corporate Services Director

Exec Appointments
Closing date
1 Jul 2021

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  • The National Archives
  • Corporate Services Director
  • London, Kew - (combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site in West London)
  • Capped at £85,000 plus benefits (Including civil service pension)
  • (SCS1 Government Grading)

In this exciting newly created role, the Corporate Services Director will support the CEO and COO as a member of the Executive and lead Finance, Assurance, Business Planning, Estates & Facilities Management, IT, Risk and Security.

The National Archives is home to 1000 years of our nation's histories, from the Domesday Book to Downing Street tweets, our vast collection of archival treasures is as varied as it is inspiring. As the living, growing home of our national story, our obligation is to connect with the biggest and most diverse audience possible, in the most innovative ways we can.

The Corporate Services Director supports the COO and CEO, playing a key role in ensuring that The National Archives maintains the highest standards of excellence and efficiency, continually exploring and delivering improvements to systems, processes, asset, and estate management and, (working with the Director of People, Inclusion & Change) organisational culture and new ways of working. The post holder is responsible for ensuring strong financial and performance discipline across the organisation, championing the use of management data and technology to support Board and Executive decision-making in accordance with our ambitious strategic vision Archives for Everyone .

We are seeking the right balance of talent and experience for this role. There will likely be areas in this post that are new to you, but you will have the capability, experience and confidence to deliver against the organisational vision and be able to lead and inspire talented teams of professionals across a broad portfolio.

Financial qualification (CCAB or equivalent) is desirable, but not mandatory, you will likely be a proven Deputy Director/Director of Finance, Estates or IT. We welcome applications from all sectors, but this role would certainly suit an ambitious SCS1/Deputy Director from civil services seeking a uniquely broad strategic exposure and a platform for progression towards Chief Operating Officer posts.

The National Archives has partnered with Ivy Rock Partners executive search firm to recruit this post. For more information, please contact Michael Quest directly ( and request the candidate pack.

Application Deadline: 13th June 2021

Interviews: Weeks Commencing 21st June & 5th July

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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.

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