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  • Ref no: IMS00115
  • Published: 6/2/2020
  • Closes: 2/3/2020
  • Location: iHub, Quarrywood Court, Livingston, EH54 6AX
  • Salary: £110,000.00 - £125,000.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

This position has expired.

This is one of the most influential and stimulating leadership positions in Scottish public service.

In what is a hugely complex and rapidly evolving operating environment, we must continue to be responsive and agile, changing and innovating to meet the needs of our clients and commissioners. Your role will be to develop exceptional relationships across the sector, and to marshal the talent, resources and other critical success factors we need in order to remain a highly valued, respected and dynamic part of the Local Government ecology in Scotland. A key accountability will be the provision of astute strategic leadership for the IS, and its subsequent development into effective business plans. You’ll also hold responsibility for operations, performance, finance and budgets.

As a champion of Local Government improvement and transformation, you’ll play a vital role in communicating and advocating the value of our service offerings, and making sure they’re understood and accessible. You’ll be exceptionally well-informed about key priorities and emerging issues within Local Government, and will demonstrate how we support the delivery of Scotland’s National Performance Framework. Developing and nurturing key strategic relationships with national and local leaders is an important aspect of the role, and you will need to be able to initiate and sustain formal and informal innovation and delivery partnerships with key peer organisations.

Within the organisation, you will exemplify and model a progressive and innovative organisational culture which values and empowers colleagues, and recognises that our highly talented people are at the heart of effective delivery. After all, continuous improvement isn’t just good for our clients, it’s vital for us too.

Applicants must bring an exceptional track record of operating effectively in a strategic senior management position and will have experience of leading transformation and strategic change, plus familiarity with influencing, persuading and negotiating at the highest levels.

Demonstrable success in building and sustaining great and mutually beneficial professional relationships is essential, and you should have well-developed leadership and management skills. Knowledge of the principles and practices of improvement theory would be an advantage; a good understanding of the fundamental business disciplines (such as finance and procurement, human resources, ICT/Digital and communications) are non-negotiable.

We’re looking for sophisticated political awareness and detailed knowledge of the structures, priorities and protocols of Local and National Government, plus exceptional analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Your current colleagues will see you as an inspirational and trusted leader with high levels of personal integrity and the ability to motivate and engage others in the service of a shared ambition.

Closing date is noon Monday 2nd March.

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the role profile and full details of the recruitment process.