Governance and Risk Manager

An exciting opportunity to support the Ri at the highest level.

  • The Ri's mission is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science

    Credit: Katherine Leedale & Tim Mitchell
  • The Ri provides a diverse range of educational activities for children of all ages to learn and explore the wonders of science 

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • The Ri welcomes world class speakers from all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics all year round

    Credit: Paul Clarke
  • Membership has been at the core of the Ri from its very beginnings in 1799

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Governance and Risk Manager

Accountable to: Finance Director

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract type: Permanent, 28 to 35 hours per week.

Salary: £39,785 per annum increasing to £41,617 after passing probation (pro-rata for part time hours)

About the role and you

The Governance and Risk Manager plays a key role in ensuring that the Ri complies with its Byelaws and other regulatory requirements. The post-holder coordinates risk and governance (internal and external), administration activities, supports the Director of Finance to arrange and respond to Audit and Finance Sub Committees of the Board of Trustees, managing Ri Contract and Regulatory Compliance and oversees management of Ri projects. They are a central point of contact for risk and governance related matters for staff and external stakeholders.    

This is an exciting role that will suit someone who is organised, professional and with proven experience in a similar position and desire to develop and progress. As the successful candidate you will be able to plan and prioritise a varied work load and be used to working in a fast-paced environment with predictable workload peaks. You will be a proven communicator and able to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. Paramount is your passion for good management, governance and commitment to supporting the work of the Ri.

This role is advertised as 28 to 35 hours per week, with the working pattern agreed at appointment stage. These hours would conventionally be worked over 4 or 5 full days although we are open to flexible working arrangements to suit the successful candidate. Please specify your preferred working hours on your application.


About the Ri

The Ri is an independent charity dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Founded over 200 years ago, our wonderful building, has been home to some of the most eminent scientists in history.

We provide science education and heritage activities for people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK and around the world. These activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES; public talks from the world’s greatest thinkers in our historic lecture theatre (currently via Livestream) and animations and films from our YouTube Channel which has approaching 1 million subscribers. 

Our other activities which we hope to resume soon are; a national programme of Masterclasses for young people in mathematics, engineering and computer science; hands-on science workshops in our L'oreal Young Scientist Centre; and the preservation of our scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections. 


To apply, please download a full job description and person specification, and send your CV and a cover letter (of no more than 500 words) explaining why you want the job and how you meet the requirements in the person specification, to no later than 9am on Thursday 28 January 2021.

We reserve the right to close the application process early if we receive a strong field of applicants so we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 1 Feburary 2021 via video call.

Candidates should complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

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Please download the full job description and person spec

Closing date - 9.00am on Thursday 28 January

Interviews scheduled for - w/c 1 February although we may interview sooner as applications are received

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