Vacancy - Director of Corporate Services, Strategy and Change


The SPA is seeking a senior executive to support the Chief Constable to lead a significant change agenda. 


Police Scotland was formally established on 1 April 2013: it is responsible for policing across the length and breadth of Scotland, some 28,168 square miles. Police Scotland’s purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland.  Its principle focus is on Keeping People Safe – this is at the heart of everything that Police Scotland do.

The Service is the second largest force in the UK, after the Metropolitan Police in terms of officer numbers, and the largest territorial police force in terms of its area of jurisdiction. It has a workforce of over 22,000 people and an annual budget in excess of £1bn.  It is led by the Chief Constable and comprises of police officers, police staff and special constables who work together to deliver the best possible policing service for the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Police Authority are now seeking to appoint a Director of Corporate Services, Strategy & Change, reporting to the Chief Constable. The successful candidate will support the Chief Constable, leading a significant change agenda: they will be responsible for ensuring the corporate resources of Police Scotland deliver maximum efficiency in support of the organisational vision and strategic priorities. S/he will lead the strategic planning and change management function, delivering a sustainable operating model, which balances demand and risk in order to effectively deploy resource.

We will consider candidates from across the private and public sectors.  Senior police officers will also be considered if they can demonstrate the requisite skills and experience.  The successful candidate will be a senior leader, with a strong track record of operating and contributing at board level.  S/he will be a dynamic and communicative individual, who will bring considerable experience of driving complex change and transformation programmes of scale. They will possess strong leadership and management skills and will be capable of winning trust both internally and externally with a range of stakeholders.  

For more information, including how to apply, please refer to Saxton Bampflyde on behalf of the Scottish Police Authority at   using job reference PAJRA.  Alternatively, email or telephone 020 7227 0890 (during office hours). 

Applications should not arrive later than noon on 10 June 2016.