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Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
£129,000 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week



Chief Executive

Full Time - However, additional hours are required to fulfil the requirements of the role.

4 year fixed term contract, with option for extensions by mutual agreement.
Remuneration package circa. £129,000

In addition to the salary of £113,694 (including Distant Islands Allowance) the Council is offering a £15k market supplement payable upon successful completion of each year of service during the 4 year fixed term period.

Orkney provides a beautiful setting in which to live and work and a wonderful opportunity to combine a fulfilling and challenging career with the best that the islands can offer in terms of lifestyle. Our vibrant and forward-thinking community is regularly voted the happiest and the best place to live in the UK. Our quality of life is second to none, with a rising population, excellent local services, and a multitude of opportunities and facilities to cater for whatever your interests outside of work may be.

We are looking for a Chief Executive with energy and drive to lead our workforce and who can facilitate, support and contribute directly to the new Council’s strategic vision following the Scottish Council Elections in May. The Council wants the very best for our community and needs a proven and inspiring Chief Executive who can help shape effective and engaging policy and translate ambitions into action and successful outcomes.

These are of course challenging times for local government, however here in Orkney we believe we are well placed to rise to these demands. Our unique Council and breadth of services, along with our Strategic Reserve Fund, presents opportunities for innovation and development, whilst we strive to maintain high quality public services for our community.

You must be enthusiastic about working in partnership with our community partners and stakeholders to deliver the best outcomes for Orkney. Whilst we value innovation, we also expect a strong commitment to good governance and accountability.

The Council’s current Corporate Leadership Team have developed the Our People, Our Plan Programme which is designed to focus our corporate leadership and organisational capacity to ensure outstanding performance on the seven most critical key priorities in the current Council Plan, by providing the platform for energising staff and improving confidence across our communities and our stakeholders.

If you want an exciting and varied challenge, and believe you are up to the high standards we demand, we look forward to hearing from you.

This post is politically restricted in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Further information on the role is available here:

For an informal discussion about the post please contact: John W Mundell, Interim Chief Executive, Orkney Islands Council at

Selection process will be held over two days in Orkney w/c 27 June 2022. Candidates will be required on both days.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 5 June 2022

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with Council Policy.

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