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The Highland Council

The Role – Executive Chief Officer – Communities & Place

Salary – £94,732


The Highland Council is the largest local government area in the UK and is one of 32 councils in Scotland, serving people across 26,484sq km. The Highland Council provides a wide range of services with a revenue budget of £640m (2021-22). The priorities for the Council (2017-22) are highlighted in the Administration’s Programme ‘Local voices, Highland choices’; the Council’s Corporate Plan, and the budget strategy ‘Ambitious Highland – Health and Prosperity Strategy for Highland’.

The Communities and Place Service brings functions together that focus on three key public service areas. These are:

  1. Delivering key services that reach everyone in the Highlands: waste strategy, operations and street cleaning; amenities and public conveniences; bereavement services and crematorium; environmental health and customer & Registrar Services.
  2. Working with communities to improve public services locally: city and ward management and community support co-ordination; community asset transfers; community engagement; community learning and development (with Highlife Highland) and community planning.
  3. Tackling poverty and inequality and leading on our equalities and human rights duties.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, you will lead corporate and cross service strategies that improve performance, drive efficiency, and connect with communities to meet the needs of the people of the Highlands. We are seeking an outstanding leader with significant senior management experience, preferably gained in the public sector. Experience of leading and managing major programmes and projects within a large organisation is required. You will be innovative and forward thinking and you will need to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Highland communities and the challenges of our stunningly diverse geography. Importantly you will be a team player and an excellent colleague.

If you relish challenge and working at a very fast pace, while connecting with people at every opportunity, across a vast and beautiful area in the north of Scotland, then this is the perfect role for you.

More information can be found within the Job Pack (which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page). 


How to Apply

For a confidential discussion please contact Catriona Mackie or Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please download and complete an application form (this can be downloaded at the bottom of this page).

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given in their application against the job description and person specification. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.

We would also be grateful if you could include the following information:

  • Current salary / package
  • Current notice period
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will be contacted in advance of final interview)

Once completed, please follow the link below to upload your application form:

  • Executive Chief Officer – Communities & Place – CLICK HERE – to upload

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application – if you do not receive this please contact Kelsey Bettoli at Aspen on 0141 212 7555.


Recruitment Timetable

We have provided below a note of all the critical dates within recruitment campaign which we hope will help you plan your diary

Executive Chief Officer – Communities & Place

Closing date for applications:Midnight on Friday 11th February 2022
Initial interviews:Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Final panel interviews:Wednesday 30th March 2022



Job Pack - ECO Communities & Place


Application Form


Application Guidance Notes