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  • Ref no: ORK04175
  • Published: 30/7/2020
  • Closes: 30/8/2020
  • Location: Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
  • Salary: £110,487.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

This position has expired.


Chief Executive's Service

Chief Executive

35 hours per week
£112,722 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

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 support and contribute directly to the Council’s strategic vision. 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 residents.

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

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.

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

A selection process is scheduled to be held in Orkney w/c 5th October 2020. Selected candidates will be required on both days.

For further information about the position, please click here:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 30th August 2020

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

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