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Remuneration:£336 per day 

Location:Glasgow City  

Closing date:07 October 2019 at midday 

Skills Development Scotland
Member Appointments

Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s national skills body enabling the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. 

We are looking for three board members to ensure a diversity of skills and experience within our board. Each of the new board members will bring one of the following priority skills to our members, and all will bring the general skills:

Priority skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of how the skills system can support industry and employers, inclusive growth and broader economic development

  • Knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary to deliver Digital Development and Business Transformation Experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industry experience (in particular Life Sciences)

General skills

  • Ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively in order to influence and drive change in a complex environment

  • Governance, Risk and  Performance Management

  • Effective Communication

Members’ role and responsibilities

The main duties of SDS Board Members are to provide leadership, governance, direction, support and guidance to ensure that SDS delivers its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers.  Members’ corporate responsibilities, under the leadership of the SDS Chair, include:

  • taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of SDS as agreed by the Scottish Ministers;

  • dealing with changes which are likely to impact on the strategic aims and objectives of SDS or on the attainability of its operational targets;

  • promoting the efficient, economic and effective use of budget, staff and other assets and resources by SDS consistent with the principles of Best Value, including, where appropriate, participation in shared services arrangements; 

  • ensuring there are effective arrangements to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control;

  • regularly reviewing financial and other information concerning the management and performance of SDS;

  • demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including openness and transparency in decision making;

  • acting as an ambassador for SDS and engaging with key internal and external stakeholder groups to support and advance SDS’s strategic aims and objectives.


The daily remuneration rate for this position is £336, up to a maximum total fee of £8,064 per financial year (based on two days per month).   Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment including reasonable travel and subsistence, and dependant carer and childcare expenses will be reimbursed.

The appointment is not pensionable.

Term of appointment

The appointment will be for four years from the date of appointment.  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. Re-appointment is not automatic.

Time commitment

Board members will be expected to devote an average of two days per month to SDS matters.  Other commitments will be for discussion with the Board and may include sitting on committee/advisory groups of SDS and on joint committees of other UK public bodies. Board meetings may be held at different locations throughout Scotland.  


You will be based at Skills Development Scotland, Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY.

Additional information

Applicants will be ineligible to apply for this appointment if they have already served a total of eight years on the Skills Development Scotland Board.

Completed applications must be received on or beforemidday on 7 October 2019.

For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of 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

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require an accessible  version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.


Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack
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