SNP launches search for £95k chief executive

Scottish Parliament

The SNP has started a search for a new chief executive and is offering a salary of £95,000 per year.

The “person specification” section of the job avert calls for “demonstrable experience of financial management including budgetary management and reporting” and “knowledge of risk management processes and evidence of experience in this area” and “significant experience in dealing with the media.”

The advert asks for “senior leadership experience in a relevant role” and “experience of managing others in a fast- paced environment, supporing team to prioriise and deliver” and “evidence of commitment to the principles of the SNP and the cause of independence.”

The job description reads: “Develop and drive strategies to ensure robust and transparent financial planning and reporting structures.

“Maintain open and effective communications with Senior Office Bearers, including supporting and facilitating regular reporting of financial updates.

“Oversee and develop robust risk management and compliance monitoring processes. Oversee and deliver clear income and fundraising strategies.

“Ensure delivery and operation of clear and effective reporting structures.”

In the job advert posted online, the SNP added: “One of the most successful political parties in Western Europe, the SNP is seeking to recruit a dynamic new Chief Executive to ensure the SNP continues its electoral success, to manage the operational arm of the party, and deliver the next phase of our development and success. 

 “The SNP is a membership organisation and the Chief Executive will be responsible to the National Executive drawn from that membership.

“This role provides a unique opportunity to lead the effective and efficient operation and management of all SNP Headquarters functions. 

With responsibility for driving change in governance and transparency, the Chief Executive will have extensive knowledge of operational functions, a proven ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, and a clear commitment to fair work practices and equality. 

“Campaigning experience and expertise are essential, as is a focus on the needs of our members. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to Scottish independence and the in-depth knowledge of Scottish politics necessary to ensure continued electoral success, and delivery of tangible action on securing our independence.”