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  • Ref no: SFRS01377
  • Published: 7/11/19
  • Closes: 24/11/19
  • Location: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Westburn Drive, Cambuslang, G72 7NA
  • Salary: £142,567.00
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 42 hours per week

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists to form part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) as Deputy Chief Officer (Director of Service Delivery).


The SFRS is the 4th largest Fire and Rescue Service in the World and protects one of the largest geographical areas of any Fire and Rescue Service.  With 356 Community Fire Stations across Scotland we manage a diverse range of risks, from urban cities to remote and rural island locations.


We are looking for a leader who puts service over self, who can be steadfast in crises and failure, who wants to stay present and make a difference to the people, situations and causes that face the communities of Scotland so that we can contribute to making Scotland a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate achievement and leadership at a strategic level within a Fire and Rescue Service and show a clear understanding of the challenges facing the Service over the coming 5 years and beyond. This is a permanent post with a preference for a minimum 3-year tenure.


At a time of ongoing reform of public services and a challenging financial environment, you will work collaboratively with Scottish Government, the Board, the Senior Leadership Team and other key national and local stakeholders; making a significant contribution to formulate and drive forward innovation and improvement strategies to meet SFRS strategic aims and objectives.  You will play a strategic role in leading the transformation of the SFRS; leading by example and demonstrating our values of safety, teamwork, respect and innovation.


You will provide an operational emergency response as part of the Principal Officer group (Gold Command) including a national response on a locally agreed continuous duty system.  You may be required to attend incidents as the Incident Commander as dictated by the SFRS Incident Command System or as SFRS Gold Commander at Multi-Agency Gold level briefings or meetings at any location throughout Scotland.


Applicants must currently be serving as a competent and substantive Assistant Chief Officer or above. Applicants are also required to evidence academic achievement at SCQF Level 11 e.g. a relevant Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline, or demonstrable experiential equivalency.  The provision of Incident Command leadership is essential and applicants must currently operate at Gold Commander level or equivalent to apply. 


The successful candidate will be based at SFRS Headquarters in Cambuslang and must be able to travel extensively across Scotland on a regular basis and the wider UK when required. This post aligns to the Brigade Manager Role Map and the NJC Scheme of Conditions of Service (Gold Book). 




To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Leanne Watson, Business Support Executive to Chief Officer Martin Blunden, by email to


Full details of the role and the selection process can be found in the recruitment information pack. To apply, please complete our online application and upload your CV.


The selection process will include a shortlisting exercise, psychometric assessments and a Selection Centre consisting of an incident command assessment, a leadership discussion, stakeholder panel and formal interview. Successful applicants will be subject to security vetting at Security Checked (SC) level prior to appointment.   Applicants who have successfully undertaken an SFRS Principal Officer Selection Process incident command assessment in the last 12 months will not be required to re-sit this assessment.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role are invited for interview.


If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone Workforce Planning and Resourcing Team on 01698 402342 or email


Closing date: 24 November 2019

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