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  • Ref no: EAL04334
  • Published: 22/10/2019
  • Closes: 12/11/2019
  • Location: Council HQ, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA
  • Salary: £113,297.00 - £119,987.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Vacancy Information

Chief Executive - East Lothian Council

Salary: £113297-£119987 per annum
Permanent full time position
37 hours per week

With a clear vision, set of objectives and relentless focus on reducing inequalities, we are seeking a new Chief Executive to provide the leadership which enables us to continue the journey and build on the very positive progress made over recent years.

Further information available via the link below:

The Role

We will look to our Chief Executive to provide visible and inspirational leadership across the full spectrum of the Council’s work.

Looking within, that means that there is clarity of direction and purpose in the organisation and that all staff understand how their contribution connects to our overarching strategic objectives for East Lothian. You’ll work closely with elected councillors to define organisational priorities, offering clear advice and evidence to inform decision-making and then working through your senior management team to embed these into organisational practice.

Looking outwards, you will continue to build on the excellent partnerships that are supporting the ongoing growth, prosperity and wellbeing of East Lothian. This will see you working with key partners in Health, Education the Voluntary Sector and others, to ensure a collaborative approach that draws on the expertise within different organisations to deliver the best outcomes for the people of East Lothian. And you’ll ensure that effective community engagement informs and refines our work, and facilitate greater community empowerment and resilience.

It’s essential that you can harness the opportunities that East Lothian’s growth agenda presents. It is expected that our population will grow by almost 20% in the coming 20 years, and we have well developed plans in place to ensure that this growth is managed and sustainable, and that our growing community thrives. You’ll ensure that we capitalise on the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal to attract businesses, jobs, skills and visitors to the area.

We expect that you’ll offer considerable strategic leadership experience in an organisation of similar scope and complexity, and that you can quickly establish credibility and trust with colleagues, councillors and a wide range of external partners. Outcome focused, you’ll bring a highly developed understanding of how effective performance management and governance can support improvement, ensure accountability and deliver value for money. Your leadership skills will be key: we want our new Chief Executive to encourage innovation and to empower others to excel – in order to maintain the highest standards of service provision, while identifying and delivering efficiencies.

Further details

East Lothian is a high-performing council which has an excellent record of delivering high-quality services and continues to improve.

While it is a challenging climate for local government, it is also an exciting time to be joining East Lothian Council. In a period of significant change, development and local population growth, we are ambitious for the future of our special county and the residents we serve.

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Supporting Information

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