Executive Director


Thank you for your interest in the position of Executive Director at Argyll and Bute Council.

Argyll and Bute is a place that offers you success – in work, lifestyle and growth.

We have towns, villages and 23 inhabited islands. Our fantastic landscape has inspired songs and music, our local businesses, schools and food and drink are award-winning; and we have an opportunity for you to play a valued and vital role where you matter, and can make a difference.

We are looking for a dynamic, confident Executive Director who will provide leadership, vision and strategic direction across all Council to deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities.  We are looking for an inspiring, encouraging, supporting and empowering individual who will lead their team to deliver   the Council’s priorities and objectives while ensuring continuous improvement across their areas of responsibility. Argyll and Bute is recognised as one of Scotland’s most diverse regions offering economic opportunities, future prosperity and an unparalleled quality of life.

As an experienced leader of people with a track record in financial management, you will demonstrate a commitment to  transformative change and an ability to turn vision into results. Delivering in Argyll and Bute requires strong partnership working and the development of local relationships to leverage public sector contributions for the best results.    We’re looking for someone who brings a positive approach, who doesn’t shy away from open and honest conversations.  

The Executive Director is currently responsible for Roads and Infrastructure, Development and Economic Growth; and Customer Support Services (the remit may change as required). As the successful candidate, you will deliver excellent services across this unique and challenging area of 23 inhabited islands, large towns, rural villages and remote peninsulas. In addition you will also lead on initiatives such as the Council’s Growth Deal, Marine Infrastructure Programme and Digital Transformation which  will require a visible and influential leader capable of delivering achievement on a wide variety of programmes.

Educated to degree level and with extensive experience in a lead role in complex organisations, you will lead the development of a partnership  approach to transforming our area and delivering our vision.

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

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Applications should be submitted online through myjobscotland

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If you have any problems accessing any of the documents relating to the post, please contact Laura Gray in HR on 01546 604771

Salary £105,488 from 1st April 2020

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2020

Assessment Process

The selection process will take place in Lochgilphead on 31st March and 1st April, and will take the form of;

  • An Assessment Centre.  This will consist of psychometric testing, reasoning and written assessments.
  • An interview with the Appointments Panel of elected members, including a 10 minute presentation (verbal only, no slides).

Applicants selected for interview will be provided with a detailed timetable including locations and other relevant information.

Any expenses reasonably incurred by candidates will be reimbursed. Overnight accommodation, if required, will be arranged by the Council.

Any questions?

If you are interested, and would like any more information on the post, you are very welcome to contact Pippa Milne, Chief Executive, Argyll and Bute Council on 01546 604350. If you would like more information on the application process, please contact Carolyn McAlpine, HR and Organisational Development Manager, Argyll and Bute Council, 01546 604021.