Vacancy -- Regulation Manager

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Vacancy Details

Education and Public Services
Housing Regulation
HEO - £32,460 - £39,690
£32,900 rising to £34,750
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
12 months with the option to extend for a further 12 months
South East Wales, South West Wales

To be confirmed

Purpose of Post:

To protect tenants’ interests and public monies invested into Housing Associations Registered in Wales.  Regulation Managers are responsible for a portfolio of 6-8 Housing Associations to judge the effectiveness of their governance, landlord services and their financial viability. The role entails publishing a regulatory opinion annually about each Housing Association in the portfolio.

Key tasks:

  • Establish and maintain a business relationship with each Housing Association, understanding the risks facing Associations and gaining assurances about how those risks are mitigated
  • Deliver effective and credible regulation in accordance with the Regulatory Framework for Housing Associations registered in Wales 2011
  • Collate and analyse evidence and observational data/intelligence gathered from a variety of Housing Association sources to produce an annual published regulatory opinion about each member of the portfolio.
  • Together with specialist finance analysts, review the financial viability and solvency of Housing Associations in Wales; through analysis of management accounts, business plans and other related financial statements and information
  • Support Housing Associations to improve continuously and fulfil the requirements of the Regulatory Framework.
  • Collaborate with senior members of the Regulation team to intervene appropriately in Housing Associations who are unable to address significant shortcomings themselves.
  • Actively participate in liaison with stakeholders to the Social Housing Sector in Wales; including Tenant representative organisations, Local Authorities and the Regulation Board for Wales and its infrastructure
  • Respond to requests for Ministerial Briefing on Regulation
  • Establish and maintain effective record keeping systems to capture information gathered.
  • To act as an ambassador for the Housing Regulation Team, representing the Welsh Government to the housing sector and its key partners
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with competencies relating to this grade.


Development opportunities:

This opportunity offers excellent exposure to working directly on a day to day basis with Chief Executives and Chairs of Housing Association Boards to understand business at the highest level.  You will develop your expertise on governance, a key skill area for those looking to strengthen their leadership credentials.  This role works with multiple external stakeholder groups and there are significant collaboration opportunities with other business and the third sector. 

Debbie Green, Chief Executive of Coastal Housing endorses the value of this secondment to her business.

This role involves delivery at pace and is a demanding, dynamic and varied.

Closing Date:

13/03/2017, 16:00


Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Making Effective Decision - Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular

Leading and Communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed

Collaborating and Partnering - Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes

Delivering Results - Show a positive approach in keeping their own and the team’s efforts focused on the goals that really matter

Job Specifics

1. Working with Stakeholders

2. Project Management

3. Financial understanding and understanding of Housing Association business

Assessment Process

Other Information

  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
  • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.
This a full time post and would require two candidates for job share.
Sarah Laing Gibbens - 0300 062 5452

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

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If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Grievance and Complaints

Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

This vacancy is closed to applications.