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Thank you for your interest in the post at Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

The information in this microsite is intended to answer any questions you may have about the work of HES and the advertised position. If, however, you have any unanswered queries, or you would like to find out more about what is involved please don’t hesitate to contact Debbie Shields at our recruitment partners, Aspen People.

We are a charity and a public body leading the way in protecting, understanding and sharing Scotland’s historic environment. We look after internationally significant archives and protect our historic places through designations and consents. We’re at the forefront of researching and investigating the historic environment and addressing the impact of climate change on its future. We care for more than 300 properties of national importance, many of which we operate as visitor attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Skara Brae, and Urquhart Castle.

Our vision is that Scotland’s historic environment is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride by everyone.

We’re currently reshaping our organisation’s structure and will be bringing together our regional and site-based conservation, ranger and visitor operations teams into one Operations Directorate. As Director of Operations, you’ll be their leader, able to unite these teams, spread throughout Scotland, into one effective, efficient, and thriving community. We’re looking for an exceptional people leader, who will represent the needs of our sites as a member of our Senior Management Team.

A people person, you will have the ability to influence and build relationships with people of all walks of life, including community leaders and politicians. You’ll be a natural at operational planning and delivery, able to think strategically whilst managing the everyday details. And, of course, you’ll have a genuine interest and passion to learn about the fascinating fields of conservation and visitor experience in the heritage sector, especially in the context of Scotland’s rich and varied historic environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real impact and build and develop a new team.

Thank you for your interest in the role and we look forward to considering your application.

Alex Paterson
Chief Executive, Historic Environment Scotland