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Compliance Standards Lead AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group seek a Compliance Standards Lead to drive excellence in the maintenance of assessment standards and compliance across its centres and qualifications.

  • Location: Hybrid / Wolverhampton or Derby
  • Salary: £27,011 to £32,524
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Who we are.

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

Established on the core values of inclusion, integrity, respect, and empowerment, the organisation aims to enhance the partnerships with every entity delivering its qualifications, ultimately empowering an expanding cohort of learners.

The history of our organisation traces back to the early 1990s, culminating in the merger of AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group with Open College Network West Midlands in Autumn 2022. This significant union marked the consolidation of two longstanding Midlands Open College Networks, with roots dating back four decades.

About the role.

The Compliance Standards Lead is a new post in which you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the organisation’s adherence to industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Reporting to the Head of Access and Compliance, you will spearhead the establishment and maintenance of standards for assessment associates and centres across various qualifications.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and implementing training programmes
  • Providing guidance to centres on standards application
  • Managing associate performance
  • Contributing to qualification development and approval processes
  • Conducting external quality assurance activities
  • Overseeing compliance monitoring and continuous improvement initiatives.

The impact of this role is substantial, as the Compliance Standards Lead plays a central role in safeguarding the integrity of assessments, maintaining compliance across all operations and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement and inclusivity within the organisation.

Through effective leadership, collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, and meticulous attention to detail, the Compliance Standards Lead ensures that AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group remains at the forefront of excellence in the education sector.

You will be expected to work from the office in Derby or Wolverhampton approximately 2 days a week.

Who we are looking for.

The ideal candidate for the role of Compliance Standards Lead will possess a blend of professional qualifications and relevant experience, including a professional qualification at level 5 or above and at least two years of leading teams or projects.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of cross-sector post-16 education and lifelong learning, as well as familiarity with awarding body and regulatory structures.

Essential skills include proficiency in external quality assurance processes, qualification development, and report writing.

You will have exceptional communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with various stakeholders.

You will be highly motivated, with a keen focus on achieving business targets and implementing strategic plans effectively.

Strong project management abilities, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills are essential, along with a high level of personal organisation, diligence, and integrity.

The ideal candidate will also showcase their excellent leadership qualities and be committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within the organisation. Additionally, you will adapt well to working under pressure and tight deadlines, with a willingness to travel nationally and occasionally internationally, as required.


The benefits of working with us include:

  • Health cash plan
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Flexible and hybrid working
  • 26 days annual leave (FTE) plus bank holidays and Christmas break

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Polly Mortimer| polly@peridotpartners.co.uk


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Polly Mortimer

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Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

Our office space in Derby is on 2 levels with the meeting rooms at ground level and main office working space on the first floor. This only has stair access. Ground floor has toilet and kitchen access. Our Wolverhampton office is all on the first floor with lift access.

Previous adjustments we have made (dependant on role) include working from home, flexible working patterns, adjustments for medical or neurodivergent needs.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Polly Mortimer| polly@peridotpartners.co.uk

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