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Chief Executive / Chief Examining Officer

122000 to 131000
Glasgow / Edinburgh
This position is now closed to applications.

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Chief Executive/Chief Examining Officer
Glasgow / Edinburgh
Salary Range – £122,000 to £131,000

Trusted – Enabling – Progressive

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is the national qualifications, accreditation and awarding body in Scotland. We help people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

SQA works across the UK and internationally; supporting schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver our qualifications and assessments.

Following the announced retirement of the present Chief Executive, SQA now requires a dynamic individual to lead our organisation.

This is one of the most important leadership roles within Scottish education, which encompasses the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer of the SQA and that of the Chief Examining Officer for Scotland. This post is a critical part of the Scottish education system. It also makes an important contribution to maintaining the reputation of Scottish education outside of Scotland.

As Chief Executive, you will demonstrate exceptional leadership, management and people skills; a proven track record in strategy development and delivery; strong analytical and financial ability; intellectual rigour; excellent communication skills; a commitment to partnership engagement and support – and an understanding of Scotland’s education, business and political communities.

You will be a clear strategic thinker with experience of running an organisation which operates processes to deliver outcomes to absolute deadlines. You will have a strong commitment to engagement and partnership working as well as to supporting improvement. Prior involvement in an education or learning environment is desirable but not essential.

To find out more about the opportunity and the organisation please visit 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role informally, please contact Ken Dalgleish or Amy Gordon on 0141 212 7555.

To apply please complete the short form below and upload your CV and supporting statement.

SQA participates in the Disability Confident scheme.  If you wish to apply under the Disability Confident scheme please download and complete the form from and submit it with your application or email this separately to

Closing date: Monday 11th February 2019