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Cunninghame House, Friars Croft, Irvine, KA12 8EE
£88,965 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

This position has expired.

We have big plans for the future of North Ayrshire… and we’re looking for an exceptional individual who can help us deliver them.

We are embarking on the next phase of our ambitious transformation programme, maximising opportunities and addressing the challenges which lie ahead of us. 

We want to hear from a talented individual with strong leadership skills who has the vision and skills to become the Head of Service for Connected Communities.  The successful candidate will support the Executive Director and the Chief Executive to deliver the Council’s ambitions for North Ayrshire. 

As a Chief Officer of the Council, the successful candidate will have a strategic leadership role supporting service transformation and delivering high quality, value for money services in a challenging financial climate.  Tackling poverty is at heart of everything we do. 

You will demonstrate extensive experience at a senior management level and have the ability to create inspiring and innovative solutions.

The post has a challenging and exciting remit with responsibility for a variety of areas such as Community and Locality Planning, Participatory Democracy, Community Learning & Development and Information and Culture.  Full information can be found in the Role Profile. 

As a strategic and inspirational leader, you will deliver a clear sense of purpose and direction and will secure the confidence of Elected Members, the Council and your Teams.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in the implementation of change, excellent people management skills, effective partnership working, integrity and sound ethical judgement.

The Role Profile, supported by the Competency Framework provides more detailed information. 

Dates to note and keep available are:

  • 1.5 hours will be required between 20th and 25th October 2022 to complete online Psychometrics.
  • Assessment Centre day will take place in person on Monday 31st October 2022 (full day) in person
  • Interviews will take place in person on Wednesday 9th November 2022

For an informal discussion please contact to arrange a discussion with Audrey Sutton, Executive Director (Communities & Education).

Additional Information

Please note that this post is politically restricted, requires a Register of Interest and a PVG Check.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007.  Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council.  Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment.  For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit

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