Top job! Senior Place Manager

  • Full time
  • £39,312 – £47,065
  • Dundee and Glasgow
  • Closing 12th August 2021

  • Advertised from 21st July 2021
  • 37 hours per week. Permanent.
  • IRC88723E


Social Security Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government. In Scotland we have a number of devolved benefits, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that they are managed correctly and fairly, delivering those benefits to the 1.4 million people who rely on them.

Dignity, fairness and respect are at the core of everything we do. We demonstrate these values by making our work as transparent and accountable as possible.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that is representative of the clients we serve. Our benefits will help people from all walks of life in Scotland and it is crucial our workforce reflects this diversity.

We aim to develop within Social Security Scotland, a positive and inclusive culture, which supports our people to flourish, by embedding a working environment where we all treat each other with dignity and respect, and recognise each other’s contributions.

Colleagues of Social Security Scotland work in a diverse, supportive environment. In certain roles staff use flexible working. We are happy to accept your application if you wish to work part-time. You will have a minimum 5 weeks of annual leave (pro rata) in addition to all public and privilege holidays. Roles within Scottish Government allow for a number of other benefits including great support from managers through monthly conversations and a strong mentoring scheme. All staff are given a workstation assessment so that we can make you as comfortable as possible in your new role by putting in place any reasonable adjustments you may require.

Main Duties

The Place Services branch has the responsibility to lead the accommodation, travel, and smarter working arrangements for the Agency. There are two operational teams one located at our headquarters in Dundee and other in Glasgow. A new business management unit is currently being developed to support these operational teams, and to provide leadership in the areas under the responsibility of the Service.

The post holder will report to, and work closely with, the Head of Place Services to ensure that business activities are aligned across the Service to support the Agency achieve it’s corporate objectives as outlined in the Corporate Plan.

This is a broad management role involving strategic planning, governance, finance, and reporting in the areas of accommodation and travel management. Knowledge and experience of these activities are essential in fulfilling the role.

The role will involve significant collaboration linking the work of the Service with the wider corporate activity of the Agency.

Specific Duties:

  • Lead the development and management of the Place Committee, including fulfilling an ongoing secretariat role to ensure effective governance and decision making are in place related to accommodation, travel, and smarter working.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a Place Management Plan, which will build on the Agency’s Place Strategy; the Plan will define the way in which accommodation, travel, and smarter working arrangements will be shaped to support the Agency deliver it’s corporate objectives.
  • Lead the coordination and completion of a number of annual, monthly, and emergent corporate tasks for the Service, covering areas such as risk, finance, communications, audit, and internal control.
  • Lead the coordination and documentation of policies and procedures for the Service to ensure that the Service operates effectively and efficiently; this will involve working closely with Place Service Leads in Dundee and Glasgow.
  • Lead the coordination and documentation of team, performance, and training plans to ensure alignment of Service objectives and activity; this will involve working closely with Place Service Leads in Dundee and Glasgow.
  • A member of the Place Service management team, with direct line management responsibility for 2 B2 and 1 B1 positions.

Essential Criteria

  1. Excellent leadership skills with the ability to engage internal and external stakeholders to deliver consistent positive results.
  2. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to demonstrate initiative and prioritise a varying workload across a team to meet targets and deadlines.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to produce complex strategic material that is concise, well-structured, and accurate; with both written and numerical content.
  4. Ability to analyse and interpret project and financial information to be able to problem solve, develop solutions, and make recommendations.

Application notes

Closing Date: 12 August 2021 at midnight

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the ‘Webex’ app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

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