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Annual salary: £125,765 (Chief Officer 50)

East Ayrshire Council is widely acknowledged as an ambitious, progressive and high performing Council with a strong track record in partnership working including community led regeneration, place based working and innovative approaches to workforce planning and empowerment.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the role of Depute Chief Executive – Communities and Economy.

The services for which the postholder will be responsible are:

  • Ayrshire Roads Alliance
  • Economic Growth
  • Facilities and Property Management
  • Housing and Communities

The postholder will also be the senior point of contact for engagement with Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and East Ayrshire Leisure.

As a Chief Officer and member of the Council’s Executive Management team, you will provide clear leadership and strategic direction across all services covered by the Depute Chief Executive – Communities and Economy portfolio. You will be integral in leading the overall management of the Council with a focus on demonstrating innovation and ambition in the delivery of the Council’s priorities and objectives ensuring, continuous improvement and meeting the needs and aspirations of customers, local communities and citizens in accordance with legislation and best value. 

We are looking for an outstanding collaborative leader with excellent people and empowerment skills who brings energy, passion and creativity to this important role. You will have significant experience and achievement in a senior leadership role within a local authority or large, multi-functional organisation of comparable complexity, scope, responsibilities and resources.

How to apply

This application is now closed.

If you have any queries about the Depute Chief Executive – Communities and Economy post please contact Eddie Fraser, Chief Executive on  01563 576103 or Amanda Lowe, Head of People and Culture on 01563 576092.

Selection process

Stage one

The Longleet will be carried out on Thursday 1 June 2023.

This stage will consider the criteria set out in the person specification for qualifications and experience.

Stage two

The Assessment Centre will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2023.

Only those whose evidence meets the highest standard expected for this role across all essential selection criteria will be shortlisted for attendance at the assessment centre.

Stage three

The Shortleet will be carried out on Thursday 22 June 2023. 

This stage will consider the results of the Assessment Centre with candidates who are successful in the assessment process being invited to the final stage.

Please note that following this stage, we will seek to obtain your references prior to your interview taking place.

Stage four

The final interview and presentation will be held on Tuesday 4 July 2023.

This stage will involve a panel interview and a presentation designed to assess your experience and leadership behaviours.

Contact Information


Human Resources
Council Headquarters
London Road