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Chief Officer - City Development & Regeneration

Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
£99,064 per year
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

Job Details

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.

Location:   Marischal College

Duration:   Permanent, Full Time

About the Role:

This role will provide the strategic lead for the delivery and development of the Council’s City Development & Regeneration function, culture and events at important economic and social levels.

The role will have responsibility for working with a range of strategic stakeholders in ensuring and securing the economic growth of the city so that the mix of jobs, skills and quality of place is supported by the Council’s organisational priorities.

This role will ensure the Council’s compliance with statutory obligations and scrutiny regimes pertaining to services within the function where appropriate.

Reporting to the Director – City Regeneration & Environment, the Chief Officer - City Development & Regeneration will play an intrinsic part of the extended Corporate Management Team and will ensure excellent working relationships with all appropriate stakeholders including other functional areas, elected members, trade union representatives and employees.

Key external stakeholders will include Community Planning partners, Culture network, ONE, and industry body groups e.g. Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Enterprise, relevant UK government departments, Moody’s (credit rating agency).

The success of this role is interdependent on relationships with Chief Officer – Strategic Place Planning, Chief Officer - Finance, Chief Officer – Corporate Landlord, Chief Officer – Commercial and Procurement Services and Chief Officer - Capital.


Minimum Qualification(s) / Certificates / Memberships etc. required

Relevant degree or professional qualification and/or extensive experience related to the role

Evidence of continuous professional development


The postholder is expected to demonstrate:

Skills & Experience in:

Proven extensive experience in:
o Strategic policy development and implementation
o Developing/Managing strategic partnerships
o Service transformation and improvement
o Successful balance sheet management
o Developing integrated services

Managing consultation forums and relationships with trades unions

Risk analysis, risk awareness, monitoring and management of risk

Understanding key drivers in a business area and working in partnership with 
stakeholders to measurably improve service delivery

Practical knowledge of negotiation and influencing in a complex organisation

Practical knowledge of working in a commissioning organisation

Embraces new technology to deliver services in an innovative way

Understanding of:

Key drivers in a business area and working in partnership with stakeholders to 
measurably improve service delivery

Commitment to:

The principles and aims of Aberdeen City Council

The Aberdeen City Council Target Operating Model

The Local Outcome Improvement Plan

The Individual

Please see Job Profile & Candidate Pack for further details

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer. If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families: We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found by clicking the 'Apply' button below.


Aberdeen is a City and a Royal Municipal and Parliamentary Burgh some 126 miles northeast of Edinburgh and received its charter as a Royal Burgh from William the Lion in 1179. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest City. Places of interest: King's College, St. Machar's Cathedral, Brig O' Balgownie, St. Nicholas Church, Mercat Cross, Marischal College, Provost Skene's House, Art Gallery and Provost Ross's House (Maritime Museum).

Aberdeen City is the principal commercial and administrative centre in the north of Scotland, the second largest Scottish fishing port, and the main centre for offshore oil exploration. It is also an ancient university town and distinguished research centre. Other industries include engineering, food processing, textiles, and chemicals.

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