Risk & Compliance Manager

Location (UK): London office/hybrid or Chesterfield office/hybrid
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
£56,576 per annum (London office-based), £52,571 per annum (rest of UK)
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Monthly to London & Chesterfield offices; quarterly to RAC meeting (usually London office); other occasional travel.
Closing date: 23:59 on Monday, 22 August 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Risk and Compliance Manager role (PDF, 159 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


Risk and compliance are increasingly important in the UK’s regulatory and corporate environment, and in particular for charities.  Reforms to UK corporate governance rules and the Charity Governance Code bring greater scrutiny to how Boards oversee decision-making and behaviour in their organisations. 

This role is based within the Governance, Assurance and Legal department, within the Finance and Corporate Resources Directorate. Overall responsibility will be held by the Risk & Compliance Manager for the charity’s risk management strategy and for co-ordinating risk and compliance activities across Versus Arthritis.

About the role

The Risk & Compliance Manager will design, implement and maintain an integrated approach to risk and compliance, consisting of clear standards and effective process controls, aligned to business objectives and underpinned by high-quality risk awareness, activism and a balanced risk appetite at all levels.  Assurance on this will be derived from the Charity’s internal audit service.

Adopting a business partnering approach, the role will provide specialist technical guidance in matters of risk management and regulatory compliance to managers and staff across the charity.

The role will provide GDPR and other data protection advice across the charity and provide specialist support to the Data Governance Programme in relation to our legal and risk position.

In the successful performance of their duties, the role holder will develop a close working relationship with members of the Organisational Leadership Team (OLT) and trustees as well as members of the Charity’s Risk & Audit Committee (RAC).

Key requirements

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills to define robust plans and solutions.
  • Robust interpersonal skills to engage with colleagues and deliver through others.
  • Deep understanding of risk management (may be evidenced by experience within a similar role, robust knowledge of legislation, audit regulations, applicable standards etc.)
  • Project and programme management with good attention to detail. Proactive and conscientious person with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Significant experience in strategic planning, enterprise architecture, governance and compliance.
  • Knowledge of data protection law.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with this completed Versus Arthritis supporting statement form (Word, 43 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification for the Risk and Compliance Manager role (PDF 159 KB).
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised
  4. please ensure the documents you submit are in Word or PDF format.

Email your completed application by 23:59 on Monday, 22 August 2022 recruitment@versusarthritis.org.

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales.


First interviews are to be confirmed and will take place via Microsoft Teams.

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.