Chief Officer – Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

An exciting challenge and rewarding opportunity exists for the right individual to become Chief Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

The SFRS is the 4th largest Fire and Rescue Service in the World and protects one of the largest geographical areas of any Fire and Rescue Service.  With more than 350 Community Fire Stations across Scotland we manage a diverse range of risks, from urban cities to remote and rural island locations.

As Chief Officer, you will work collaboratively with the Board, Scottish Government and other key national and local stakeholders, to formulate and drive forward change as we continue to evolve to deliver a modern, sustainable fire and rescue service that is ready for the challenges of Scotland’s future.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in the evolution and leadership of a sizeable Fire and Rescue Service at Executive level and in the delivery of large scale, complex change, within a challenging financial landscape and must be able to show a clear understanding of the challenges facing the SFRS over the coming 5 years and beyond.

This is a permanent post with a preference for a minimum 3 year tenure.

The successful applicant will be based at SFRS Headquarters in Cambuslang and must be able to travel extensively across Scotland on a regular basis and to other parts of the UK when required. This post aligns to the Brigade Manager Role Map and the Scheme of Conditions of Service (NJC Brigade Manager).


  • Competent Chief Officer, Deputy Chief Officer, or Assistant Chief Officer.
  • Able to evidence academic achievement at SCQF Level 11, e.g. a relevant Master’s degree, or demonstrate experiential equivalency.
  • Currently operate at Gold Command level or equivalent in order to apply.


  1. Complete the online application, demonstrating your suitability for the role.
  2. Upload a copy of your CV, clearly demonstrating your key achievements.
  3. Applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be invited to complete a psychometric assessment and attend a Selection Centre.
  4. Appointment is subject to security vetting at Security Checked (SC) level.

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Charmaine Jones, Executive PA to Liz Barnes, Interim Deputy Chief Officer – Corporate Services, on 07584 336764 or by email to

Full details of the role and the selection process can be found in the attached information pack.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role are invited for interview.

If you would like to apply in a different format, please email

Salary: Up to £190,000

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 23 2024

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