The South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) is the new economic and community development agency for the South of Scotland established by the South of Scotland Enterprise Act which was passed in 2019. Our vision is to work with the people and communities across the South of Scotland to establish our region as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.
Based in an area that is bursting with vibrant culture, great businesses and diverse people, SOSE has already in its first few months built a strong foundation with a set of ambitious strategic aims. At the heart of SOSE’s vision lies a desire to be different to what has gone before and to be driving inclusive growth, increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality within the region. Embedded in its mission is a deep commitment to boost the South of Scotland’s potential of all its people and resources.
SOSE now seeks an exceptional CEO to work closely with the Chair and the Board to develop further the strategic direction for the organisation, to consolidate the start-up phase and lead the organisation into the future. The new CEO will provide bold, inclusive and ambitious leadership to the organisation, they will bring strong commercial acumen and a spirt of entrepreneurship along with an understanding of how a region based on small rural communities and small business can grow and develop. They will lead this dynamic organisation in delivering sustainable and inclusive growth across the South of Scotland and in unlocking significant opportunities for all.
The successful candidate will bring prior experience developing or interfacing with strategies for economic development, either as a business or public sector leader. S/he will understand the complexities and diversity of the economic opportunities and challenges and cultural climate SOSE is faced with and will have significant experience or in-depth knowledge of some of the South of Scotland’s key economic opportunities and challenges. S/he will bring a natural ability to develop effective partnerships across the public and private sector and will have strong experience of developing and delivering a strategic vision and leadership of a growing team.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the South of Scotland Enterprise on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference DALALA. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 5th October 2020.