Director of HR & OD

Scottish Ambulance Service

At the front line of NHS Scotland the development of the Scottish Ambulance Service and its people are critical to delivering NHS Scotland’s National Clinical Strategy, improving primary care including out of hours care and critical care services.

The Scottish Ambulance Service currently employs 4600 staff directly and works with 1500 community volunteers across Scotland in providing critical care, emergency, urgent and scheduled care across Scotland. The service has an ambitious transformational strategy - Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient - to save more lives, take more care to patients and improve outcomes through the development of its staff, systems and technology.

As a key enabler of the National Clinical Strategy, increasingly delivering primary care services 24/7 and one of Scotland’s 3 emergency services the role of the service is set to expand to provide a more diverse range of services working with partners nationally, regionally and locally to improve public health and health outcomes. It is expected that as a result of these government policies and strategies that the Service will grow in function and size significantly by 2020 and that the Service’s methods of working and skills requirements will change dramatically in consequence.

Director of HR & OD
to c. £90,000 plus benefits
Location: Flexible

At the front line of NHS Scotland the development of the Scottish Ambulance Service and its people are critical to delivering NHS Scotland’s ambitions.

The Scottish Ambulance Service is already undergoing unprecedented transformational change as set out in our strategy “Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient”. In addition, Public Sector Reform will further impact on the shape and scale of the Service. As a result the role of Director of HR and OD has been reviewed and enhanced.

The Director will work closely with the Executive Management Team and colleagues across health and social care to develop our workforce, embed our values and promote and champion a culture of staff engagement through partnership working.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Director of HR and OD, operating at a senior level in a large complex organisation with proven change management experience and a track record of successfully delivering excellence through people.

A strong team player, you should be capable of engaging, inspiring and influencing people at all levels of the organisation and in the wider NHS. You should also be comfortable working in a complex and pressurised environment. You should be a fellow of the CIPD.

Further information is available in the following documentation:


For a confidential discussion about the position contact Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

For any queries regarding application or the process please contact Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.


To apply please download and complete the application form (please also view the attached notes providing guidance):

Please click here to submit your completed form

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application - if you do not receive this please contact Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their application against the criteria within the Job Description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.


  • Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 23rd September 2016
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application no later than Thursday 29th September 2016.
  • Longlist interviews Tuesday 4th October 2016 (to be held in Johnstone)
  • Shortlist interviews Friday 14th October 2016 (to be held in Edinburgh)

Note: candidates invited to shortlist interview will be invited to complete online assessments.