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Vacancy for Chief Executive Officer - Perth

Information for Applicants

Package circa £42k - £50k

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the national representative body for hill walkers, climbers and snowsport tourers in Scotland with a vacancy arising due to retirement of our CEO. 

With a growing membership of 14,000, we have an ambitious mission: to act as the voice of a diverse and active community which benefits from membership of Mountaineering Scotland, and to encourage mountaineering participation and sporting achievement, valuing Scotlandís mountains as places of adventure, escape and natural wonder. We are seeking an experienced CEO to lead the organisation on this journey. We welcome and actively seek applications from individuals from all sectors of society. No agencies. 

The Role

The CEO is responsible for developing, and then implementing the organisationís strategic and operational plans following consultation with the Board. The CEO is also responsible for all management decisions and acts as the direct liaison between the Board and staff, and as the organisationís lead representative and spokesperson with stakeholders, external organisations and the media.

The Person

  • CEO or general manager with a minimum of 5 yearsí experience and demonstrable ability to successfully manage and profitably develop a company.
  • Resourceful, resilient and innovative, with the ability to manage a range of different priorities, understand a wide range of activities and effectively manage a diverse team of technical and commercial staff.
  • Interpersonal skills and judgement which inspire confidence and trust in staff, volunteers, stakeholders and other organisations.
  • Able to balance a strategic overview with the attention to detail which is necessary to manage a wide range of activities, including membership operations, communications, finance, mountain safety, youth and sport development, access, landscape and conservation.
  • Strong and effective communicator, able to work with the media, including occasional TV and radio interviews.
  • Understanding of the legal requirements and other obligations affecting an organisation which is a limited liability company, representative membership organisation and sport governing body.


Remuneration and benefits

  • Remuneration package circa £42-50k including employer pension contribution to 6% of pensionable salary
  • Annual leave entitlement is 25 days in year one of employment, pro-rata to the start date, rising by one day per year of service to a maximum of 28 days
  • Public holidays are 10.5 days; with the exception of Christmas and New Year office closure arrangements.


Role Description and Person Specification

>> Check out the full role description including essential and desirable attributes which will be used as the criteria for selection


How to apply

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence by the selection panel. 

>> Applicants should download and complete an application form which should be sent to apply@mountaineering.scot

Applicants are asked not to submit covering letters or CVs as these will not be considered in the selection process.

Closing date

Applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 8th January.


We will notify interviewees on 12th January or shortly thereafter and interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 22nd January 2018.

Probationary period

The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months from the commencement date. The probationary period may be extended by Mountaineering Scotland Board at its absolute discretion if it deems it appropriate.

Further information

Please contact David Gibson for a confidential discussion or for contact details for the chair of the recruitment panel, Mike Watson. David can be contacted on 01738 493942.

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