Head of Regulation


Cambridge or Coventry, GB

Category:  Senior Management

Job Title: Head of Regulation

Contract: Full-Time, Permanent

Salary: £65,714 - £76,090

Location: Cambridge or Coventry


What it’s about

The Head of Regulation leads OCR’s strategy for engaging with its regulators. It leads and manages a team to evaluate OCR’s regulatory compliance and risk, and works with the whole business to generate insight about business process performance. The Head of Regulation also works across Cambridge Assessment to build understanding of regulation and how to communicate effectively with regulators.


What you’ll be doing


  • Strategy: Lead the development of OCR's regulatory policy and engagement strategy, anticipating regulators’ future priorities and actions, and working across OCR to develop and promote regulatory compliance as a strategic driver in OCR’s work to become ‘best for all learners, best for teachers’.
  • Regulatory reporting: Oversee an efficient and comprehensive Issues Management and Reporting Process that meets the regulatory requirement to notify the regulators and generates robust management information on business process performance for OCR’s directorates to use for continuous improvement and engagements with the regulators.
  • Insight: Lead an accurate, current and efficient compliance evaluation process that articulates OCR’s real-time compliance position and regulatory risks, and generates insights that integrate into other appraisals of business performance such as product, process and quality analyses.
  • Building internal understanding: Lead the development and provision of high-quality advice, support and training in relation to regulation and engaging with the regulators, and promote this to the business.
  • Leading and managing: Lead and manage the Regulation Team to be the core of regulatory expertise in Cambridge Assessment, to innovate and test/challenge the regulatory envelope and internal business practices, and to promote positive, honest and constructive relationships with regulators.


What we’re looking for



  • Educated to at least first degree level, preferably in a discipline requiring well-developed analytical skills.


  • Ability to assimilate and analyse complex technical information quickly - including that relating to assessment
  • Insightful, with demonstrable ability to think strategically
  • First class written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to present to senior audiences
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent judgement, making rational decisions whilst demonstrating strategic perspective
  • Legal knowledge would be beneficial


  • Extensive experience of working at senior/influencer level in a regulated environment, ideally both as regulator and within a regulated industry
  • Experience of working within the qualifications sector
  • Experience of working with senior officers, exercising high levels of autonomous judgement
  • Legal experience would be beneficial


  • Customer focused, with a commitment to achieving the ‘best for all learners’ and the ‘best for teachers’
  • 'Can do' - determined and resourceful in order to deliver best results for OCR
  • Embraces change - future focused, inquisitive, open-minded, seeks development opportunities
  • Openness - prepared to listen to others and flush out difficult issues
  • Diplomatic - supports others and shows respect for them
  • Flexible - adapts quickly and positively
  • Collaborative


Who we are 

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.



In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:


  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays 
  • Annual salary review and discretionary company bonus 
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers 
  • Cycle scheme 
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 02/03/2020 and interviews will be held on to be confirmed.


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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