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Compliance Officer

  • Location: East Midlands
  • Organisation: British Parachute Association Ltd - becoming British Skydiving
  • Salary: Remuneration will be within BPA's scale, based on relevant experience.
  • Closing Date: 22 August 2019 | Policy

Compliance Officer

Salary: Remuneration will be within BPA's scale, based on relevant experience.

Location: East Midlands

3+ hours per week, externally based within easy travelling distance of BPA HQ Leicester Contract for services or contract of employment considered


National Governing Bodies of Sport such as British Skydiving operate in an increasingly demanding compliance environment. This new post reporting to the Secretary-General brings together the compliance function, other than for and financial compliance which is the responsibility of the Finance Manager, and sport parachuting operational compliance which is the responsibility of the safety and technical team led directly by the Chief Operating Officer.

British Parachute Association, soon to be known as British Skydiving, the not-for-profit National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting, seeks to recruit a Compliance Officer to complement its small staff team based at its Leicester HQ. The role will provide key support to the Chief Operating Officer, Secretary-General and Board in assuring compliance of British Skydiving with statutory and other external and internal compliance requirements - including data privacy and security, safeguarding, disciplinary and grievance procedures and whistleblowing - to support whilst ensuring that the needs of all our stakeholders are met.

After an initial peak in activity, in steady state, the compliance workload may ebb and flow. The guaranteed minimum weekly hourage will be 3. The appointee is expected to have the capacity to devote more than this (up to say 16 hours) should the workload require it.

It is envisaged that the post will be externally based. Trial of the role has established that a measure of distancing from the HQ office environment is likely to be desirable. However, frequent attendance at BPA HQ will be required and the Compliance Officer needs to be based within easy travelling distance. Either a contract for services or a contract of employment will be considered. The initial contract period will be a trial of six months, with the possibility of review and extension. 


Remuneration will be within BPA's scale, based on relevant experience.

Person specification

A methodical, accurate, diplomatic and responsive co-ordinator, a self-starter used to working in a compliance/legal environment, such as a paralegal, and able to manage and prioritise multiple demands. Good interpersonal skills to deal sensitively with a range of stakeholders. Excellent communication skills and written English is required. Good listening skills are essential.

Job description

This is indicative not exhaustive as the post and working arrangements are new and still under development.

  • Assure British Skydiving is compliant with a range of business legislation and organisational policies and procedures including but not restricted to safeguarding in the sport, handling cases under the members’ disciplinary and grievance procedures, whistleblowing policy/procedure, and compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Review and draft updates to compliance policies and statements.
  • Assure, in conjunction with the Safeguarding Adviser and executive staff, that British Skydiving has proportionate, robust and compliant safeguarding policies and procedures in place and that these are reviewed and updated as necessary.
  • Respond to Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act, in conjunction with executive staff and external consultants where applicable.
  • Administer and progress whistleblowing reports in accordance with the organisation’s published policy, and train HQ staff and others as necessary. 
  • Action safeguarding referrals in consultation with the Safeguarding Adviser and managerial staff.
  • Administer cases under the grievance and disciplinary procedures in accordance with the prescribed timescales.
  • Administer any complaints and referrals under the proposed new whistleblowing policy.
  • Identify any new compliance requirements and taking appropriate action after consultation with executive staff.
  • Advise Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations of their business compliance obligations (outside those specific to sport parachuting operations) and how to fulfil them - for example, by organising training courses with specialist speakers, etc.
  • Assist Council, its Committees and staff in maintaining and updating British Skydiving’s business risk matrix.
  • Respond to correspondence from members and other stakeholders on business compliance matters (excluding finance and sport parachuting operations).
  • Arrange compliance audits where required.
  • Liaise with compliance authorities as required.
  • Report on compliance.
  • Assist the Secretary-General in strategic development projects which have a compliance dimension.
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required

How to apply

Assist the Secretary-General in strategic development projects which have a compliance dimension. Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required To apply Please email your CV with a covering letter telling us how you meet our requirements as above to Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General, British Parachute Association Ltd - - by Thursday 22 August.

Interviews will be held at BPA HQ on Thursday 29 August.

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