Chief Officer Finance

Scotland (GB)
£82,240 - £92,090
16 Jun 2022
10 Jul 2022
Where will they be working?
Full Time

Introduction to SEPA and what we deliver


Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet. We call this One Planet Prosperity.


We have been given a unique and visionary Statutory Purpose: to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, also create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. It’s a very powerful purpose for an environment protection agency and delivering this successfully requires new ways of thinking and new ways of acting.


The pandemic and a serious and significant cyber-attack against our agency, people and services have defined our focus in recent times, however, they have not constrained our determination to deliver for Scotland.  As we look to the future, we’re building on solid foundations and our organisational recovery will strengthen our delivery of important regulation and flooding priorities and support transformational change.


At SEPA, we’re changing today, to be fit for the challenges of tomorrow.  In this role, you’ll work with Scotland’s leading corporates, public partners and communities in every corner of our nation. You’ll help us deliver modern, effective and essential public services and build a workplace reflective of the country we serve.


As a senior executive and member of Agency Management Team (AMT) you will be responsible for the strategic management of SEPA as well as the leadership and management of a flexible, multidisciplinary portfolio.


The Finance portfolio currently has 27 staff members and incorporates the Finance team offering a wide range of services from transactional finance, finance systems, management, and financial accounting. Our Procurement team supports organisational purchasing and procurement, and the Charging Scheme Teams are responsible for the management and development of SEPA key income charging schemes.


Key purpose of the role


  • Working with others to help the Agency Board set the strategic direction for SEPA and then implement it in your portfolio.
  • Positive leadership of SEPA and your portfolio; creating the conditions that will enable SEPA to achieve its strategic outcomes.
  • Managing and improving performance across your portfolio; implementing actions which deliver the strategic outcomes.
  • Ambassador for SEPA’s, One Planet Prosperity and our flooding strategy.
  • Effective management of financial and non-financial resources.


You can find out more about what this exciting role entails within the generic job description which you can find here:


Personal attributes


Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following attributes which are key to the success of a strategic leader:

  • High personal resilience.
  • Integrity; positive role model.
  • Drive to make improvement and overcome barriers and obstacles.
  • Open and consultative approach with staff and stakeholders.
  • Tenacity.
  • Genuine desire to do the right thing.


What are the terms, conditions and benefits that SEPA offers?


This is a full-time role based on a 35-hour working week. We offer a flexi-time scheme as well as other flexible working options to help strike a good work life balance. You will be given 29 days annual leave rising to 33 days after 5 years' service, we also offer seven additional public holidays.


At SEPA we recruit based on merit and are committed to promoting diversity throughout our organisation.  That is why we proudly use the “Happy to Talk Flexible Working” as well as the “Disability Confident Employer” Logos on all of our job vacancies.


When is the closing date?


This is a fantastic opportunity to join us and help us succeed. Because when we succeed, Scotland succeeds. It’s the challenge of a lifetime.


If that sounds like you and you are up for the challenge, we would love to hear from you.

The closing date for applications is 10 July 2022.

Candidates should note that interviews will take place week commencing 25 July 2022, although this date may be flexible.

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