Compliance Manager - KSA, Bahrain and Kuwait – Female Only
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Saudi Arabia
Flexible Location
Job Category
Risk Management
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade G
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: 1-year Location: KSA – flexible location Contract type: locally appointed Pay Band/Grade:6/G Salary: 8,250 SAR /Month, Housing Allowance, Transportation Allowance. Closing date: 17 September 2019 Post holder must be a Saudi or have the right to work in Saudi

Role Purpose

To provide professional advice and support to exams operations within KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain in the achievement, monitoring and embedding of Quality and Compliance Assurance (QCA), IELTS and other awarding body standards. The focus will be on understanding the broad range of standards and how they apply to a range of Exams policies and procedures and supporting operations in navigating a path through them to advise on appropriate solutions to target improvements and manage risk.  To support centres on effective implementation of action points arising from Exams reviews.  

Function Overview


Saudi Arabia is currently going through significant change with the provision of employment opportunities for Saudi nationals being at the centre of the government’s long-term strategy. With emergence of Vision 2030, and the ambitious plans for economic and social transformation, mean that the opportunities for the UK will only continue to grow. Saudiisationz` is altering the employment landscape with large sections of the expatriate workforce leaving the country to be replaced by Saudi nationals. The government is investing heavily in training and education, and English is one of its central development areas.


This is a new role and represents a significant change in the way that we manage examinations in MENA and globally. The KSA, Kuwait and Bahrain examinations operation will have one integrated operations team across the five centres and an increased focus on business development and account management, which is key to the GNOME approach (Global New Operating Model for Exams). In 2017/18, KSA, Kuwait and Bahrain will deliver 190,000 exams making it the fourth largest exams business globally. There is a varied business profile across IELTS, BC Tests, schools, professional and educational examinations and opportunities for growth in all product areas and countries. The Saudi Arabia exams portfolio is of vital importance to the British Council in terms of the impact it creates for the organisation. The core focus is to develop the IELTS, Aptis, and Schools businesses, extending reach, enhancing customer and partner support and service, developing new markets, counteracting and pre-empting competition. The regional IELTS partnership programme is a key initiative designed to add value to existing relationship and safeguard the business Managing exams in Saudi Arabia comes with a significant level of challenge due to segregation laws in the country. A secondary challenge is to maintain and develop the schools, higher education and professional qualifications business through relationship-maintenance and value-added support for Ministry of Education and awarding bodies, and diversifying to new products like Aptis


Please refer to the role profile attached below for further details:

Role Profile

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If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before 17 September 2019.

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