Chief Executive - DGA07374

  • Job Reference: 00574527-1
  • Date Posted: 21 January 2022
  • Employer: Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Location: Dumfries
  • Salary: £143,035
  • Sector: Executive Positions, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description


Chief Executive (Permanent) (1/1)
Location: Council Headquarters, English Street, Dumfries 
Starting Salary: £143,035 

Never has there been a more exciting time to take on the executive leadership role as Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is ambitious for our region, focused on supporting our communities to thrive and prosper and ensuring that we provide quality services that deliver our Priorities. Each year we spend £351 million on essential services and invest up to £50 million to ensure this is the best place to live, work and learn.

We are widely acknowledged as a progressive and high performing Council. This is supported by our positive approach to partnership working with other agencies and our strong collaborative working with our communities. The retirement of our Chief Executive presents an exciting opportunity for you to join us and lead the organisation at a challenging time as we continue to change and adapt the delivery of services to the communities we serve.

You could be our new Chief Executive and provide inspirational leadership, vision and direction to a workforce of over 7,000, by shaping the Council's priorities and plans, at a pivotal time in our change and transformation programme.  With a focus on working with communities and partners to deliver better outcomes for all, local communities at the very heart of our decision-making, and this is an opportunity for a high-performing and visionary leader to make a difference in our unique region.

As the Chief Executive of our Council and therefore, Head of Paid Service and principal policy adviser, you will be an enthusiastic and influential leader, passionate about public service, place shaping, partnership and people, inspiring your team, bringing with you a track record of delivering results within a complex organisation, able to provide effective leadership and management oversight of all Council services, ensuring good governance and promoting fairness, equality and empowerment and a culture of innovation.


In return, we offer you a stimulating work environment, where you will be supported by an amazing team of talented and dedicated staff across a diverse range of services, with enthusiastic colleagues and partners fully engaged in the strategic development of our Council.

The strength and sense of purpose throughout the Council has been demonstrated throughout the response to the coronavirus pandemic, with powerful examples of partnership and community working, drawing on our mutual strengths to help those who need it most. 

Our values include treating everyone with dignity, fairness and respect which drive us to tackle inequality. We are ambitious and passionate about creating a more sustainable and stronger Dumfries and Galloway, recognising that we must be bold and courageous in our investment in infrastructure and in the economy to ensure that we create opportunity for all.

This is an exceptional opportunity and applications are encouraged from individuals who believe they can successfully apply their leadership ability to the challenges we face, meeting the objectives of excellent service delivery both now and in the future.

Further information regarding this exciting opportunity, the recruitment and selection arrangements and how to apply can be found within the Recruitment brochure. 

Dumfries & Galloway Council is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

This post is politically restricted in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 1 February 2022
Assessment centre: w/c 7 March 2022
Interviews: w/c 4 April 2022