Recruitment of Chief Executive

Welcome from the Chair

Brendan Dick

SCDI was forged eighty years ago at a time when Scotland's economy was in desperate need of new thinking born from cooperation between our great industries, our government services, labour and our civic institutions. Its prime mission of promoting ideas designed to stimulate economic and social development and job creation to policy makers was achieved then and continues to this day, a time when the need to communicate with clarity and precision amidst many economic and political challenges for Scotland is as critical as ever.

This is SCDI's role. To ensure that those charged with Scotland's economic health keep a clear focus on applying the levers they have to create the conditions in which the economy can grow, employment increase and our civic society flourish. We exert and sustain influence with a constructive, impartial and cohesive approach to policy development and with a critical eye on government initiatives and actions. And we get things done. We keep members informed, improve policy proposals, make specific, targeted interventions with policy makers and get things changed for the better. We constantly bring our members and those with hands on those levers together and we deliver programmes with a long-term approach designed to foster Scotland's competitive advantages, such as our Young Engineers & Science Clubs in schools the length and breadth of mainland and island Scotland.

Our Blueprint for Scotland, currently being refreshed, our recently established Rural Commission and our new initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government, to establish Productivity Clubs demonstrates the breadth and importance of the work we do. Scotland’s economy, presented with unique constitutional and macroeconomic conditions, needs our collective and impartial input more than ever. If you are interested in working with an engaged and influential membership and a lean but highly capable and motivated team to make a real contribution to Scotland's future prosperity we would be very pleased to hear from you. As a member of SCDI’s Policy Committee, then board member and now Chair, I can testify to the support that has been given to our CEOs and your role will be not only to motivate and, with sleeves rolled up, run our membership funded organisation, but also directly to engage with those in government and across Scottish society to deliver SCDI's non-aligned and enduring mission. If you are up for that challenge, what a challenging and vital time to take it on!

With best wishes


Brendan Dick 

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About SCDI

Founded in 1931, The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) is an independent membership network - representing a cross-section of the private, public and social economy sectors – which seeks to engage civic Scotland and influence Government and key stakeholders to ensure sustainable inclusive economic growth and flourishing communities, everywhere in Scotland. 

We are a non-political, not-for-profit organisation, involving senior representatives and leaders across Scotland's economy. Funded by our members' subscriptions, this unique network of knowledge, expertise and experience provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

For more information please visit SCDI's website here.

The Role

We are seeking an ambitious & enthusiastic Chief Executive who will engage with leaders and senior representatives across Scotland and the UK to deliver SCDI’s non-politically-aligned mission of engaging civic Scotland and driving sustainable economic growth.

The successful candidate will have a proven record in project & operational delivery as well as steering policy work in the emerging economy, with the ability to navigate complex and often rapidly changing economic and political issues, together with a high level of commercial acumen.

Applicants shall possess the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with SCDI’s members and senior policy and decision makers/influencers, including political representatives and the media. Creative and strategic thinking will be required to build and lead an effective programme of policy engagement opportunities for members, to expand and build the membership base and to achieve new sources of revenue in support of SCDI’s core policy and membership activity.

Based in Glasgow, but involving travel throughout Scotland and to London, this high-profile leadership role suits an outgoing personality with proven planning, organisational management and commercial skills. The post offers an attractive package commensurate with experience.

More information can be found in the documents below:

Application and the Process

If you have any queries please contact Donogh O'Brien at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please upload your CV and supporting statement by clicking here.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and Supporting Statement against both the job description and person specification. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements.

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


We have provided below a note of the critical dates within this recruitment campaign which will help you plan your diary:

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 11th February 2019

Meeting to agree candidates: Monday 25th February 2019

Longlist interviews: Monday 4th March 2019

Final interviews: Monday 11th March 2019