£72,483 to £86,928

About The Role

Working pattern: This is a full-time permanent post and our normal working week is 37 hours. We currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes.  We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account.

We are looking to recruit a Chief Financial Officer and a member of our Leadership Group who shares our values to provide strategic leadership, including overseeing our finance functions to deliver high quality services, developing long term strategies and implementing effective control frameworks.  Experience of financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting across a complex organisation is a key deliverable in this role.  The postholder will provide expert advice and assurance on all related matters to the Clerk/Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, SPCB and boards.

As a member of the Parliament’s Leadership Group, the postholder will make a significant contribution in helping us to become more future-focused, operating with influence, and in partnership, with our many stakeholders, both internal and external.  They will have an understanding of the Parliament’s priorities; its main influencing and decision-making routes; the wider media context for our work; and extensive experience of issues management in a complex, fast paced working environment.  

About You

As a fully qualified and experienced CCAB Accountant, or equivalent, you will already have demonstrable expertise in financial modelling in a highly scrutinised corporate context.  You will have a track record of using analytics and insights to assess strategic importance of business cases.  You will have an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by the public sector, or an ability to quickly gain such an understanding.  The ability to appreciate innovation and consider the bigger picture, as well as the fine detail, is vital. 

Politically astute, you will be a sophisticated communicator with the capacity to influence and work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels.  You will have experience of operating on a management board, leading complex priorities, influencing decisions and negotiating at a senior level.  You will have outstanding people management skills, with high levels of emotional intelligence and a respect for the opinions of others.    Proven experience of motivating and inspiring multi-functional teams, whilst creating an inclusive environment where people feel valued, is essential.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.  If you have the right skills and experience to work in this exciting and challenging environment, we want to hear from you.

For more information on the role please look at our job description. 

Full details of our selection process are outlined below.  Please apply by 5pm Thursday 11 June 2020.  

Our Selection Process

The first 2 stages test the minimum criteria for the role.

Given the circumstances in relation to covid-19, interviews will take place remotely.  We have the opportunity, through our investment in IT, to offer a very flexible range of ways to meet you for interview.  We can also be flexible in terms of dates/timings due to the current circumstances.

You may also be asked to use digital tools as your application progresses.

One of our HR colleagues will be on hand to answer any queries you may have throughout the process.

Stage 1

Click 'apply' and this will allow you to register.  You will be asked to answer 5  questions based on some of the  essential criteria for the role.

You should also upload your CV and supporting statement.

These must be uploaded in one document, in Word or equivalent format (maximum 1GB). 

  • Your CV should be no more than 2 pages, setting out your career history, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Your supporting statement of no longer than 2 pages should address the values and essential criteria as outlined in the job description.  The supporting statement is an important part of your application and has equal weighting as your CV.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your application via the online process. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 11 June 2020.

Stage 2

Following a review of the evidence you have provided, a longlist of candidates will be provided to the recruitment panel.  The Panel will shortlist those they wish to invite to the interview stage.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked to participate in an EQi assessment. You will be invited to complete a questionnaire online and will have a follow up discussion with a trained assessor. This will be approximately 1 – 2 hours and we ask you are flexible in setting time aside in your diary to do this. The assessment does not lead to a pass or fail decision; rather, it is intended to highlight areas for further discussion at interviews 

The EQi discussions will take place week commencing 6 July 2020.

Stage 3

At the final stage, you will be invited to attend a face to face panel interview. 

The interviews dates are to be confirmed. 

Feedback will only be provided on request to those who attend interview.

Depending on the number of applications received we may amend this process.

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here.