Chief Executive

CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme)

Central London/hybrid working with regular travel

  • Location

    Central London/hybrid working with regular travel

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £125,000 + Benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    25 March 2022

  • Client

    CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme)

Ref: GSe83800

The appointment of our next Chief Executive will be made at a critical and important time for the sector we serve. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry continues to shed light on fundamental shortcomings and systemic public safety issues in the UK construction industry, and the new Building Safety Bill will inevitably impact construction’s regulatory and operational landscape for the better. We have a unique and practical role to play in supporting such change, as the sector builds back following the Covid-19 pandemic.

At CSCS, we help to improve standards and safety on UK sites, through enabling construction players to prove that individuals working on sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do. Owned by industry and trade unions and run as a not-for- profit company, CSCS is the largest of 38 card schemes operating in the UK construction industry. All schemes are authorised to use the CSCS logo under license, and all schemes participate in the CSCS Alliance, with CSCS providing strategic and practical support.

As our new Chief Executive, you will operate with considerable reach, responding operationally to legislative and industry change whilst delivering the CSCS Board’s strategy to ensure that the scheme is fit for purpose and well run. In doing so, you will deliver industry assurance, an outstanding customer experience and value for money whilst also preventing fraud, which remains a key challenge.  In future, we may need to expand to support domestic construction, so prior experience of scaling operations may have some relevance moving forward. All in all, however, this role will be about the iterative development of the business, qualifying the workforce in a key supporting role.

We are looking for a service orientated leader who understands the construction sector, its changing skills agenda and building safety, and it’s vital that our appointee is a good cultural fit, able to operate at all levels across industry. Operating respectfully with quiet authority, intellect and emotional intelligence, you will pay attention to industry change, operating at pace to anticipate and respond appropriately to a variety of stakeholder requirements, with the strength of character and personal credibility to hold the line when required. As importantly, you will bring strong people and commercial leadership credentials that will enable you to run CSCS well, inspiring, developing and eliciting outstanding performance from internal teams and external partners alike in support of the dynamic industry we support.

We have an exceptional, talented team and an important remit and we hope you’ll be drawn to the opportunity to lead CSCS through its next chapter. If this sounds like the role for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Friday 25 March 2022

Preliminary Interviews
Wednesday 6 April - Friday 22 April 2022

First Interviews
Tuesday 3 May 2022

Final Panel Interviews
Friday 20 May 2022

How to Apply

Please ensure that you provide the following information:
Your CV

  • A supporting statement (of not more than 2 pages) detailing how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Person Specification
  • 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 on screen as part of the online application process).


Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298