Previous Opportunities

Director of People

84,000 to 93,000
Glasgow or Dalkeith
This position is now closed to applications.

Trusted – Enabling – Progressive

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is the national qualifications, accreditation and awarding body in Scotland.  As an Executive NDPB, we are accountable to Scottish Ministers. We help people across Scotland and beyond realise their potential and achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.  SQA supports schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver their qualifications and assessments. 

As well as providing learning for others, SQA is looking to evolve and continuously improve as an employer.  SQA is now looking to appoint a new Director of People to continue on that journey. 

You will have the opportunity to work with a new Chief Executive and a dynamic executive leadership team to deliver for our people and Scotland’s learners.    This is a fantastic strategic career opportunity for an experienced HR professional to make a large scale organisational impact on our delivery and change agenda  – and help further modernise and evolve other key areas of the business.   This includes delivery assurance to the Board on the delivery of People and Facilities Services.

We are looking for a highly experienced and qualified individual, with a proven track record of leading and developing a modern people function in a strategic and innovative way. You will bring a fresh, forward-thinking and collaborative approach to ensure our people function is central to shaping the organisation and to contributing to the continued improvement of the business overall. 

The successful individual will have significant experience of operating in a complex organisation and with a solid understanding of building positive relationships with Trade Unions and external stakeholders. A strong, strategic leader who can embrace the SQA’s values of being trusted, progressive and enabling.

The role can be based in our offices in either Glasgow city centre or Dalkeith, near Edinburgh with regular travel to both sites. 

For more information on SQA the role and for details on how to apply please visit or for a confidential discussion, contact Donogh O’Brien or Gayle Williamson at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.  

To apply please send your CV and supporting statement to Melissa Scholes –

Closing Date:  Wednesday 29th January 2020