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Vice Principal – Finance and Resources

North East Scotland College
Vice Principal Finance and Resources

The Role

North East Scotland College (NESCol) is one of the largest providers of vocational education and training in Scotland, driving positive social and economic change as an anchor institution in the communities it serves.

The College is proud of its role in the evolution of traditional industries and is fundamental to supporting new and emerging sectors, including energy transition, net zero and other key growth areas for the regional economy.

An engaging, supportive and inclusive learning environment is at the heart of a College experience and should be designed to give every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential in employment and in life.

Aspen People are working with NESCol to appoint a new Vice Principal – Finance and Resources.

The successful candidate will have a central role to play in realising NESCol’s ambition of becoming Scotland’s best performing College.

The Vice Principal Finance and Resources will be a member of the College Executive Team and, in close collaboration with the Principal and Chief Executive, will be responsible for the strategic, financial and operational direction of the areas within the post’s remit.

This will include responsibility for the following functions: Finance, Estates, Environmental Sustainability, Health, Safety & Security, Student Access & Inclusion and IT & Technical Services alongside the management of a range of significant corporate contracts.

The ideal candidate will be degree educated or with a relevant equivalent professional qualification, with evidence of continuous professional development.

They will also have a proven track record and relevant experience of strategic leadership of a finance function in a diverse organisation, and experience of successful strategic planning processes across all areas of responsibility of the post.

A current understanding of the Scottish College Sector and policy developments which will impact upon education and training in the Scottish post 16 educational environment is also desirable.

About the Area

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are areas of exceptional beauty, culture and heritage. Whether you’re enjoying the unspoilt countryside and dramatic coastlines or busying yourself amidst the various shops, restaurants, museums or galleries in Aberdeen City Centre, there’s something to suit everyone. The region is widely renowned all over the world due in large part to its North Sea Oil and Gas industries alongside its long and successful maritime and agricultural heritage. The College also supports Aberdeen City Council’s commitment to position Aberdeen as a climate positive city helping to lead the world on the rapid shift to a net zero future.

 Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland, home to over 250,000 people. You may often hear it referred to as the Granite City because of the ancient and imposing granite architecture which very much defines it, acting as the perfect backdrop to such a strikingly vibrant city with its horticulture and green spaces earning it “Best City” in this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards. Aberdeen is also globally connected, with excellent air, sea, rail and road links. There is also the beautiful, sandy beach which acts as the city’s coastline and proves very popular with water sports enthusiasts and walkers.

Aberdeenshire is home to a beautiful combination of rugged coastlines, towering mountains and rolling fields and farmland. The towns and villages scattered across the area are quaint and charming, each with their own distinct attraction. For those who want to explore the history and culture of the land, there’s plenty to do. Aberdeenshire is home to over 300 castles – that’s more per acre than anywhere else in the UK! You will also find countless whisky distilleries, farmers markets, parks and gardens, as well as stunning woodland walks. If outdoor pursuits take your fancy, Aberdeenshire boasts fantastic areas for hill walking, skiing and various water sports.

Enquiries / Application

For a confidential discussion, please contact Lauren Crichton, Katharine Price or Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

Further information on the role and the organisation is available at

Interviews: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December (candidates will need to attend both days)