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Chair - Scottish Fiscal Commission

Reference:4016 

Remuneration:£476 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:15 November 2021 at midnight 

Scottish Fiscal Commission is recruiting a new Chair


Do you have the skill and experience to lead the Commission with integrity and independence?  


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the Scottish Fiscal Commission and would welcome applications from those who can provide leadership of the Commission, and in doing so, promote and support the production of high-quality forecasts, while being independent, transparent, accessible and open.


Scottish Fiscal Commission


The Scottish Fiscal Commission  produces  the official and independent fiscal and economic forecasts for Scotland. These forecasts determine significant elements of the Scottish Government’s budget, and assess the resources available to support devolved public services in Scotland.


The Scottish Fiscal Commission Act 2016 safeguards the Commission’s independence from the Scottish Government, establishing the Commission as a non-Ministerial Office of the Scottish Administration, accountable to the Scottish Parliament. The Commissioners have full discretion in how the Commission’s functions are delivered and are directly accountable to Parliament for the forecasts produced by the Commission. Commissioners and senior staff members are key to promoting a culture of independent thought and action. The Commissioners are supported by a small permanent staff of around 22 analysts and corporate staff.


Role description


You will be the Commission’s interlocutor with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy, the Conveners of the Parliament’s Finance and Social Security Committees and the Scottish Government’s Director General for the Scottish Exchequer. You will need to build strong relationships and credibility with these individuals and their organisations.


You will maintain and build the Commission’s reputation for independence, impartiality and transparency.


You will be the public face of the Commission and be questioned by Parliamentary Committees about our forecasts. You will need to interact with specialist political and economic journalists and explain the Commission’s work at public events.


You will encourage your fellow Commissioners and the Commission’s professional staff to air diverse views, debate positions, sometimes without complete evidence, to reach a collective judgement.


You will ensure that each person in the Commission – staff and Commissioners – feels valued and respected.


You will ensure decisions in the Commission take cognisance of any consequences they may have for relationships, resources or reports in the future.


You will recruit and build a strong relationship with a new Chief Executive to be appointed late in 2022. Together you will provide coherent leadership for the Commission’s staff.


You will review and contribute to the Commission’s reports, media releases and other materials, occasionally at very short notice.


You will also chair the Commission’s Governance Board. The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Commission fulfils its aims and objectives and for promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources in accordance with the principles of Best Value. The Governance Board comprises all the Commissioners and its meetings are kept separate from the Commissioners’ specific responsibility for the production of the Commission’s forecasts and other analysis.


The Chair role would commence on 1 July 2022 at the latest, although there may be opportunities to start earlier or shadow the current Chair for a period.


Time Commitment


The Chair is expected to devote a total of 78 days over the course of the financial year (an equivalent of up to 1.5 days a week). This entails engaging with staff, commissioners and stakeholders; virtual and in-person meetings including forecasting rounds, board meetings and other meetings, Parliamentary appearances, media and other events and preparation for these; reviewing analytical papers and reports and reading governance papers.


The work varies in intensity and is not spread evenly throughout the year. Based on recent years, there would be two periods lasting about 8 weeks and one period lasting about 4 weeks of higher intensity. Daily work and reading in evenings or weekends is likely to be required towards the end of these periods.


Further information


There will be an online webinar on 1 November 2021 at 17:30 at which potential applicants can learn more about the role and the Commission from the current Chair, Dame Susan Rice, and the Scottish Government’s Director General for the Scottish Exchequer, Alyson Stafford CBE. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees at the webinar will be anonymous and not be identified to other attendees. If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register here.


For additional information about the Scottish Fiscal Commission, please contact Steve Haggerty of Munro Consulting.


Remuneration and Expenses


The current rate of pay for the Chair is £476 per day. This will be reviewed in 2022. Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.


The appointment is non-pensionable.


Completed applications should be sent to PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot .


The closing date for applications is 15 November 2021 at Midnight.


Full details are in the applicant pack which can be found via the link below.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented at chair level on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, as well as people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

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Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack