Chief Operating Officer

Audit Scotland

Base location - Edinburgh or Glasgow offices (supportive of hybrid and flexible working patterns)

  • Location

    Base location - Edinburgh or Glasgow offices (supportive of hybrid and flexible working patterns)

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £127,325 - £137,688 (Salary on appointment is open to negotiation dependent on experience) + comprehensive benefits package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    11 March 2022

  • Client

    Audit Scotland

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We deliver independent and robust audit of Scotland’s public sector, working on behalf of the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission. We employ more than 320 talented professionals who know that their work helps ensure the efficient delivery of public services in Scotland. We believe that public money (around £57 billion a year) should be spent wisely.

There has never been a more important or interesting time to join us. Scotland’s public bodies face their biggest challenges since devolution, with existing issues of inequalities, funding pressures and increased demand on services exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, addressing and mitigating climate change increases in urgency.

To meet these challenges and to ensure we can do the job Scotland will need from us, we are changing and growing, and this includes building our leadership capacity. We are now looking for outstanding people to join us in four Executive Director roles to help us achieve our objectives of delivering world-class public audit and being a world-class organisation.

As Chief Operating Officer, you will perform a key leadership role and operate with considerable delegated authority to support the Auditor General for Scotland (Audit Scotland’s Accountable Officer) and the Board to ensure that Audit Scotland operates efficiently and effectively. Operating with substantial breadth and seniority, you will lead long term planning and corporate reporting, setting the scene for organisational and cultural change in support of our vision and objectives. Your ability to enhance our business and the already substantial capability of our people to elicit consistently outstanding performance will maximise our impact. Your strong alignment with our values will ensure that we hold on to what makes us great, including our commitment to the welfare and diversity of our people.

With a demonstrable track record in a relevant senior leadership role, you will be accustomed to working with boards and executive teams, ideally in an expert led environment where success is achieved through collaboration and continuous improvement. You will have strong business improvement and people leadership credentials and bring a modern and fresh perspective. Combined with your understanding of the landscape across which we operate, this will enable you to prioritise and focus, to elevate our performance and fulfil our important mandate.

There’s plenty of change ahead, and the need for robust public audit that provides assurance and helps public services improve is more vital than ever. We don’t think there’s ever been a more interesting or important time to join us. If this sounds like the right place for you to be, we look forward to hearing from you.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Friday 11 March 2022 - 17:00hrs

Preliminary Interviews
Wednesday 23 March - Tuesday 29 March 2022

Informal conversations and assessments
w/c 18 April 2022

Final Panel Interviews
Friday 29 April 2022

How to Apply


Please ensure that you provide the following information:

  • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps, especially within the past two years.
  • A supporting statement (of not more than three pages) detailing how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Person Specification and how your behaviours align with those of Audit Scotland.
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion).
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references are taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form (this will appear as an online questionnaire as part of the application process).



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