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Director of Operations

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  • Scotland

  • £ up to £71,117 plus allowances

Director of Operations
Historic Environment Scotland
Location: Scotland Wide
Salary: up to £71,117 plus allowances

At Historic Environment Scotland (HES) we believe that the historic environment shapes our identity.  It tells us about the past, the present – and even points the way to the future.

We want the historic environment to make a real difference to people’s lives.  A difference to our health, to our economy, to our culture, to our environment.  We want heritage to involve everyone so that we all benefit.

We’re currently reshaping our organisation’s structure and will be bringing together our regional and site-based conservation, ranger and visitor operations teams into one Operations Directorate.

The Director of Operations role is a newly created position that will strengthen our regional footprint and deliver many of HES’ activities at a regional and local level across Scotland.  Reporting to the Chief Executive, the postholder will be a member of the organisation’s Senior Management Team, working closely with senior leadership colleagues across the organisation and with the HES Board to lead the organisation to achieve its strategic vision.  

You will be responsible for leading the operational management and care of our sites across Scotland, delivered through a regional operating structure. Across our Properties you will drive forward our visitor operations and conservation activities, leading a large team of skilled colleagues across a wide range of disciplines.

You will bring fresh ideas and explore all opportunities to optimise the resources in the directorate. You will promote collaborative working across HES and empowerment and decision making at a local level. Working in partnership with other HES directorates, you will be responsible for the delivery aspects of all site activity and prioritising resources and investment in the most efficient way to ensure the long-term care of our properties.  In addition, regional teams will engage with stakeholders and communities.

You will provide leadership to the directorate, ensuring its active engagement with the delivery of HES corporate objectives.  You will bring strong leadership and communications skills; fresh thinking and a strong customer and business improvement focus to HES.   You will be tenacious and resilient, required to demonstrate exemplary personal judgement, initiative and collaborative skills.

Degree qualified or with senior director level experience of multi-disciplinary teams, you will have an excellent track record of operational delivery in a complex environment.

For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Debbie Shields, of Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

Further information on HES, the role, and how to apply, is available at

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th January 2022

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