Chief Officers

SEPA has a clear vision for our future role: the only successful societies in the 21st Century will be ones that are very low in environmental impact. This will require major innovation. SEPA knows we need to support people and businesses across Scotland to do this. So, we need the best people working for us to help Scotland be a hotbed of innovation that will drive 21st Century success.

Traditional environmental regulation has achieved a lot. We now need to build on these achievements understanding that the most successful societies in the 21st century will be those that can bring environmental, economic and social objectives together. Our Statutory Purpose encapsulates this challenge – it requires us to protect and improve the environment in ways that also create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth.

To deliver this purpose, we need a new approach to regulating; an approach that helps to put Scotland on a path that creates prosperity within planetary limits. This approach is set out in One Planet Prosperity - Our Regulatory Strategy.

To support this vision we are recruiting two new senior executive posts that will report to the Chief Executive and sit on SEPA’s Agency Management Team (AMT):

As senior executives and members of AMT, you will be responsible for the strategic management of SEPA as well as the leadership and management of a flexible, multi-disciplinary portfolio.

The Chief Officer Compliance and Beyond portfolio currently includes the regional regulatory teams across Scotland.

The Chief Officer Circular Economy portfolio currently includes Permitting, National Operations and SEPA’s Contact Centre.  The portfolio provides support across SEPA and particularly to frontline staff within regional Regulatory Services teams through the provision of tools, advice and support and the development of operational policy.

One of the first tasks for the new Chief Officers will be to work with the Chief Executive and AMT colleagues to review the make-up of their respective portfolios and bring forward any recommendations for change.

So what will you be delivering?

  • Working with others to help the Board set the strategic direction for SEPA and then implement it in your portfolio.
  • Positive leadership of SEPA and your portfolio; creating the conditions that will enable SEPA to achieve its strategic outcomes.
  • Managing and improving performance across your portfolio; implementing actions which deliver the strategic outcomes.
  • Helping to create a new more inclusive and empowering culture in SEPA.
  • Ambassador for SEPA, One Planet Prosperity and our flooding strategy.
  • Effective management of financial and non-financial resources.

For further details please view the individual job descriptions.

What skills will you need?

A degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) is essential.  Key skills include:

  • An understanding of the wider administrative, social and economic context within which SEPA operates.
  • Awareness of existing and forthcoming relevant legislation and its impact on SEPA’s statutory duties and powers as a regulator.
  • Ability to interpret and use complex, and conflicting information in reaching sound decisions.
  • Ability to analyse, assess and implement proportionate actions in response to complex or sensitive issues or significant organisational risks.
  • Ability to build positive working relationships with staff, Trade Unions, Board members, key stakeholders and partners, including, Scottish Government.
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Able to contribute effectively as part of an executive team.
  • Positive and effective leadership of staff.
  • Ability to give constructive feedback.
  • A high standard of written communication on diverse, complex, technical issues; able to prepare robust, concise, coherent and compelling reports.
  • Ability to inform, influence and persuade other people who may have different motivators, views and priorities to you.
  • High public policy awareness; ability to understand respective roles, positions and inter-relationships and use this knowledge to influence the desired outcomes.
  • Sound judgement and the ability to take appropriate, calculated risks.

More details of the qualifications and skills required can be found within the job descriptions.

Personal attributes

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following attributes which are key to the success of a strategic leader:

  • High personal resilience
  • Integrity; positive role model
  • Drive to make improvement and overcome barriers and obstacles
  • Open and consultative approach with staff and stakeholders
  • Tenacity
  • Genuine desire to do the right thing

What are the terms, conditions and benefits that SEPA offers?

You will be expected to work 35 hours per week. We also have a flexitime scheme in place. You will be given 28 days annual leave pro rata, we also offer seven additional public holidays. Further information on all our benefits can be found on our website.

At SEPA we recruit based on merit and are committed to promoting diversity throughout our organisation. That is why we proudly use the “Happy to Talk Flexible Working” as well as the “Disability Confident Employer” Logos and on all our job vacancies.

When is the closing date?

The closing date for these roles is Wednesday 23 August at midnight.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be asked to undertake psychometric testing and may be invited to an assessment centre which will take place on Wednesday 6 September 2017.