Chief Executive

Orkney Islands
£112, 722 (including Distant Islands Allowance)
14 Jan 2021
31 Jan 2021
Job role
Chief Executive
Contract Type
Full time

Orkney provides a beautiful setting in which to live and work and a wonderful opportunity to combine a fulfilling and challenging career with the best that the islands can offer in terms of lifestyle. Our vibrant and forward-thinking community is regularly voted the happiest and the best place to live in the UK. Our quality of life is second to none, with a rising population, excellent local services, and a multitude of opportunities and facilities to cater for whatever your interests outside of work may be.

We are looking for a Chief Executive with energy and drive to lead our workforce and who can support and contribute directly to the Council’s strategic vision. The Council wants the very best for our community and needs a proven and inspiring Chief Executive who can help shape effective and engaging policy and translate ambitions into action and successful outcomes.

These are of course challenging times for Local Government, however here in Orkney we believe we are well placed to rise to these demands. Our unique Council and breadth of services, along with our Strategic Reserve Fund, presents opportunities for innovation and development, whilst we strive to maintain high quality public services for our residents.

You must be enthusiastic about working in partnership with our community partners and stakeholders to deliver the best outcomes for Orkney. And whilst we value innovation, we also expect a strong commitment to good governance and accountability.

If you want an exciting and varied challenge, and believe you are up to the high standards we demand, we look forward to hearing from you.

This post is politically restricted in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Further information on the role is available here:

For an informal discussion about the post please contact: John W Mundell, Interim Chief Executive, Orkney Islands Council at​

A selection process will be held over two days in Orkney w/c 1st March 2021. Candidates will be required on both days.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 31st January 2021