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Remuneration:£323 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:21 July 2017 at midnight 



Would you like to play a central role in influencing and improving how councils and other public bodies address the challenges facing Scotland and help people’s lives? The Accounts Commission is looking for a Chair. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, we would like to hear from you.

The Accounts Commission is the independent public watchdog for holding councils to account for their spending and performance.

This is an exciting time for the Accounts Commission, with a number of developments shaping its work.  There are radical changes in the public sector – including councils, health service and other national bodies - to enable it to best address the challenges facing Scotland.  This involves different ways of working between the various parts of the sector, a move towards a preventative approach in planning and delivering services, more involvement of our citizens and communities in shaping services, and an emphasis on improving outcomes for those citizens and communities.  The Accounts Commission is at the centre of this agenda.

The Accounts Commission is looking for a Chair.  You will be expected to provide leadership and active and effective direction, support and guidance to ensure that the Commission delivers, and is committed to delivering, its responsibilities effectively and efficiently. This is to be done in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers, ensuring that public services are well placed to meet the future needs and requirements of Scottish citizens.

Remuneration & Time Commitment: For Chair this role attracts a remuneration rate of £323 a day which is non-pensionable.  This equates to £41,990 per year for 130 days, plus reasonable expenses.  This is just over 10.5 days per month or around 2.5 days per week.  All reasonable receipted dependant-carer expenses, including childcare, and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively will also be reimbursed where applicable.

Applicants should note the weekly time commitment may vary dependent on the Accounts Commission workload, although it is unlikely the overall yearly commitment would increase.

Length of appointment term:  This appointment will be for up to four years.  On the expiry of the appointment, the successful candidate is eligible for reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance, satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of reappointment; and Ministerial approval.  The combined length of an appointment cannot exceed eight years.

Location: The Accounts Commission is located at 102 West Port, Edinburgh, where it normally holds its meetings.  The Commission usually meets monthly, and conducts its meetings in public in line with its Standing Orders. The Commission may decide to consider some items of business in private; this is provided for in the Standing Orders.

Interviews:  Interviews for the Chair appointment will be held on 31 August and the morning of 6 September 2017.

There will also be an opportunity to speak to an existing Member of the Commission to discuss the job, their experiences and the work of the Commission. If you would like to speak to one of them, then please contact Paul Reilly.

Full details of the skills, knowledge and experience required for either appointment are contained with the person specification for each role, which forms part of the Applicant Information Pack.  You can access this pack via the link below.

Please note completed application must be received on or before Friday 21 July 2017.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.


Application Information

Further information: If you would like to find out more about this role, you are welcome to contact Paul Reilly, Secretary to the Accounts Commission, on 0131-625-1809 or by email to PReilly@audit-scotland.gov.uk.


Additional Information

  1. Information Pack
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