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Executive Opportunities

Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationClosing Date
Director General Economics and Chief Economic Adviser​HM Treasury​1709-034L​London​​10/25/2017
First Vice President & Head of Client Services Group​European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)​1703-191NA2​​London​​10/20/2017
Chief Executive​Devon Accountable Care System​1709-043L​Exeter, Devon​​​11/01/2017
Permanent Secretary​Department for Work and Pensions​P1710-125L​London​​​​11/27/2017
Vice-President Research​University of Luxembourg ​1710-008BL​Luxembourg​​​​​12/15/2017

Director General Economics and Chief Economic Adviser


HM Treasury is the UK’s economics and finance ministry. Its objectives include promoting sustainable growth, macroeconomic stability and sound and sustainable public finances. It achieves this through planning, controlling and reporting on government spending at home and abroad, and by managing and monitoring revenues through its responsibility for strategic tax policy. HM Treasury plays a critical role at the heart of Government in the UK and, together with the Cabinet Office and Number 10, forms the centre of the Government and wider Civil Service.

The Director General, Economics and Chief Economic Adviser has a critical role to play in delivering the Government’s objectives for macroeconomic stability and maintaining confidence in the macro policy framework; promoting sustainable economic growth and setting and implementing fiscal policy. As a member of the Treasury’s Executive Management Board, this role forms part of the collective leadership of the Department, and has line management responsibility for the Economics and Fiscal Groups, which comprise over 100 staff.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Economic Credibility: a strong track record on economic policy and thought leadership in macroeconomics;
  • Leadership: outstanding leadership and management skills, including a proven record of accomplishment in leading teams and an agenda in a complex environment;
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Influencing Skills: strong influencing and interpersonal skills, able to work well with very senior stakeholders; and
  • Representation Skills: ability to provide constructive challenge to, and positive engagement with, UK and international organisations.

HM Treasury has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is 25 October 2017.

The Civil Service Commission will oversee this recruitment process and ensures selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition.

Closing Date 25 October 2017

Job Specification Documents:

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
First Vice President & Head of Client Services Group

London and Bristol

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, the Bank) seeks to appoint a new First Vice President & Head of Client Services Group (FVP). S/he will be deputy to the President. S/he will be responsible for all banking operations, and the policy engagement and partnerships work of the Bank. A major objective of the role will be to ensure that investments, policy engagement and advisory services are aligned and integrated to deliver maximum transition impact in the EBRD’s countries of operation. S/he will manage 1500 staff and report directly to the President, and play a critical role in the leadership of the EBRD, serving as a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Bank’s Operations and Equity Committees.

The EBRD, which has global membership, is active operationally in 36 countries across Europe, Central Asia, and the Mediterranean, supporting them in realizing their potential as market-oriented economies. The EBRD invests around €9 billion each year in project financing for banks, industries, and businesses. It is an active investor in strategic sectors fostering sustainable long-term growth. The Bank’s investments and policy work contribute to transition resilience, market integration, and tackling critical global and regional challenges.

The term of appointment is for a fixed term of four years with the potential for renewal based on performance.

EBRD has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. A position specification with further information about the role is available via the link below.

To apply:

  • Please send a full CV together with a supporting statement, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to
  • Please include the role title and the reference number 1703-191NA2 in the subject of your e-mail.

Closing Date 20 October 2017

Job Specification Documents:

Devon Accountable Care System
Chief Executive

Exeter, Devon | Attractive Package

The leaders of all of Devon's NHS and local authorities have been developing and delivering an ambitious sustainability and transformation partnership over the past 18 months. Its aim is to improve how our health and care system better supports the health and well-being needs of the county’s population.

Historic financial problems are being eradicated, performance is already improving and, above all, there is an increased focus on preventing ill health and on promoting independence through the provision of more joined up services closer to people’s homes.

Devon is now committed to becoming an Accountable Care System. Our ambition is to add value in how we work for our population by addressing the challenges facing the NHS and social care through an integrated, collaborative system of care.

The new Chief Executive will take on responsibility for developing and leading the new Accountable Care System in Devon, providing leadership to the sustainability and transformation partnership and becoming accountable officer for the two CCGs, which include all primary care commissioning to Devon, as well as some specialist commissioning.

The new Chief Executive will continue our mission to build strong partnerships that will enable and drive further integration. The role thus embraces a huge change agenda, operating in an environment where the emphasis is on coaching, guiding and collaborating with partners, and exerting influence where required.

The successful candidate will need to be a visionary leader with established credentials as a chief executive, gained in a complex, regulated environment, and familiar with health care systems. The ability to operate in a complex governance structure, manage an array of stakeholders, and drive for tangible outcomes, will be important characteristics.

This role represents an excellent opportunity to take a step forward in health and social care provision and show the way for the future.

For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please click on the links.

Closing Date Noon, Wednesday 1 November 2017

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Department for Work and Pensions
Permanent Secretary

London | Attractive Package

DWP is a large Department employing 85,000 colleagues across the UK, representing just under a quarter of the Civil Service. DWP has a reputation for strong leadership at all levels and we are changing what, where and how colleagues are delivering services. DWP works in partnership with other Government Departments, and with the private and voluntary sectors, providing services that support over 22 million people – under the brands of Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service, and the Child Maintenance Service.

The Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions is one of the most important and challenging jobs in government and indeed the country.

As Permanent Secretary you would be responsible for running an effective, fair and affordable welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence through assistance into and progression in employment, and beyond. More than this, you would have an impact on the type of civil society we will live in over the next twenty years. In doing so, you will help resolve some of the most pressing issues of the day, particularly focusing on supporting the most vulnerable members of society.

You would also be responsible for the overall management of the Department for Work and Pensions, leading some 85,000 colleagues, in some 900 sites serving 22 million citizens across Great Britain, and accountable to Parliament for £180 billion of public spending.

This is one of the most senior roles in government, with the opportunity to make a real difference to our country, both as leader of the Department for Work and Pensions and as part of the collective leadership of the wider Civil Service. If this is something that appeals to you, then please apply.

For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please click on the links.

Closing Date Noon, Monday 27 November 2017

Job Specification Documents:

University of Luxembourg
Vice-President Research


Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual and international, it is a modern institution with a friendly atmosphere. The primary focus of the University is research and the bulk of the degrees offered are at masters and doctoral level. It undertakes work in a broad range of disciplines and was ranked joint first for its international outlook in the THE World University Rankings 2016 and this is reflected in the composition of both staff and student bodies.

The University has three academic faculties devoted to first-rate teaching and research: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication; the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. It also has three interdisciplinary centres, which foster research excellence and knowledge transfer: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

The Vice-President Research of the University oversees all research-related activities. Reporting to the President, the Vice-President Research will have a decisive and forward-looking role in defining the vision and strategy for the institution’s research activities. As a member of the senior management team, s/he will provide strategic leadership for the research activities across all three academic faculties and three interdisciplinary centres. Key responsibilities will also include evaluation and improvement of research quality and helping to secure funding. The candidate will also be an ambassador for the organisation. This role is crucial to the University’s evolution as a world-class research-led institution.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work “up, down and across” the organisation and bring the empathy and sensitivity to build constructive relationships with academic and managerial colleagues across all faculties and centres. They should have the stature and the credibility to build and maintain a wide range of internal and external relationships with research communities, industry players and the government, promoting the University’s excellent research and enhancing its reputation. Furthermore, they should bring a performance-oriented working style and innovative and visionary thinking with regard to strategic planning activities.

The successful candidate for this role will be a researcher of international stature, with extensive leadership experience in research-led higher education institutions or departments. He or she will have confirmed proficiency in English, French and/or German.

The University of Luxembourg has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please click on the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is December 15th 2017.

Closing Date 15 December 2017

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