Mar 072018

Board Members - Scottish Enterprise

Reference: 1414

Remuneration: £12,900 per annum

Location: Glasgow City

Closing date: 23 March 2018 at midnight

Scottish Enterprise – Appointment of Members to the Board

Appointments for three years from 1 July 2018

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to three Members to the Board of Scottish Enterprise (SE) from 1 July 2018. Scottish Ministers welcome applications from all sections of the community, and particularly from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

Scottish Enterprise

SE supports the sectors in Scotland that have the greatest opportunity to improve productivity and competitiveness and to create jobs. Growth sectors include creative industries; energy; financial and business services; food and drink; life sciences; technology and advanced engineering; and tourism. SE also works with a number of other sectors that can make a sizeable contribution to Scotland's economy such as aerospace; defence and marine; chemical sciences; construction; forest and timber technologies; and textiles and new emerging industries in Scotland, such as data science. SE's Business Plan sets this out in detail.

The Board

The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that SE fulfil the aims and objectives set by the Scottish Ministers and for promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources by SE in accordance with the principles of Best Value as set out in the Scottish Public Finance Manual (SPFM). To this end, and in pursuit of its wider corporate responsibilities, the Board shall:

  • establish the overall strategic direction of SE, working with the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and within the policy, planning and resources framework determined by the Scottish Ministers;
  • ensure that the Scottish Ministers are kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of SE or on the attainability of its targets, and determine the steps needed to deal with such changes;
  • ensure that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds (i.e. all funds falling within the stewardship of SE) are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the sponsor Directorate, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account relevant guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers;
  • ensure that the Board receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of SE; is informed in a timely manner about any concerns about the activities of SE; and provides positive assurance to the sponsor Directorate that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns;
  • demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by setting up and using an independent audit committee - in accordance with the guidance on Audit Committees in the SPFM - to help the Board to address the key financial and other risks facing SE. The Board is expected to assure itself on the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems;
  • provide commitment and leadership in the development and promotion of Best Value principles throughout the organisation.

Board Member responsibilities

Individual Board Members shall act in accordance with their wider responsibility as Members of the Board - namely to:

  • comply at all times with the code of conduct for SE that is adopted by SE and with the rules relating to the use of public funds, conflicts of interest and confidentiality; acceptance of gifts and hospitality, and of business appointments;
  • not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain or for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;
  • act in good faith and in the best interests of SE at all times;
  • contribute to the work of the Board's Committees (Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nominations & Governance);
  • support the Chief Executive, the Senior Management Team and wider SE staff, ensuring that the values and standards expected are maintained at all times;
  • take responsibility for specific tasks, including representing the Board as agreed with the Chair.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to analyse and review complex issues affecting a major organisation, weigh up conflicting opinions and reach informed decisions;
  • the ability to engage with senior colleagues and Directors to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a board or team setting;
  • experience of operating effectively at a senior management level in a business/organisation/social enterprise;
  • an understanding of the Scottish Government's economic development priorities for Scotland and the ability to work with partner organisations to achieve Scotland-wide benefits.

Successful candidates must also demonstrate evidence of at least one of the following:

  • knowledge and experience gained in at least one of Scotland's key sectors, including the third sector, and the ability to use that experience more widely;
  • knowledge and experience of new technologies/digitalisation and application of these to achieve business/economic benefit;
  • entrepreneurial experience demonstrated through a track record in setting up and growing a high growth business, including experience/evidence of workplace innovation practices and approaches;
  • international business experience/evidence of a global mindset, international trade and expertise in key markets (e.g. China and the US).

Length of Appointment

The appointments are for up to three years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond. Reappointment is not automatic. Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.

Remuneration and Expenses

The appointment attracts remuneration of £12,900 per annum plus expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment including reasonable travel and subsistence out with travel to Board meetings. Should travel expenses to Board meetings involve travel beyond the central belt a travel allowance will be paid. Dependant carer and childcare expenses will be reimbursed. The position is not pensionable.

Time Commitment

Overall, it is anticipated that the appointment will involve a time commitment of up to 2½ days per month. This will include attendance at Board meetings and you will be expected to devote appropriate preparation time ahead of each meeting.

Location of meetings

Board meetings are normally held in Glasgow or Edinburgh.


There is no bar on non-British nationals applying for and being appointed to the board of Non-Departmental Public Bodies. However, you must be legally entitled to work in the UK.

Applicants will be ineligible to apply for this appointment if they have already served a total of eight years as a Member of the Scottish Enterprise Board. Applicants are also ineligible to apply if they are:

  • a member of the Scottish Parliament;
  • a member of the House of Commons;
  • a member of the European Parliament.

If you have previously held such office and wish to apply, one year must have elapsed from the day on which this office was last held.

If you feel you could contribute to the work of the Board then full details can be found in the Applicant Information pack below.

Closing date for applications is 23 March 2018.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the application and selection process, you should contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at

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