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Assistant Chief Officer, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (REF: ACO: SFRS)

£131,102 - £131,102

Listed 28 January 2019

Assistant Chief Officer

  • Salary: £131, 102 per annum
  • Term: Permanent with a preference for minimum 3 year tenure
  • Location: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Cambuslang.

 An exciting and challenging opportunity exists for the right individuals to form part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) as Assistant Chief Officers (ACOs). There are currently two vacancies available however candidates who are successful in the selection process but not initially appointed may be considered for any further vacancies that arise within the next 12 months.

Suitable applicants will be able to evidence achievement and leadership at a strategic level within a public Fire and Rescue Service and be able to show a clear understanding of the challenges facing the Service as we enter a period of transformation.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Officer, you will be responsible for the safe and effective delivery of Fire and Rescue Services to the communities of Scotland. The role will require you to work collaboratively with Scottish Government, the Board, SLT and other key national and local stakeholders to formulate strategy, policy, guidance and procedures.

You will have the experience, skills and aptitude to lead, direct and manage the operations of the SFRS to ensure it provides high quality, efficient and flexible services of the highest standard whilst making a positive difference to the outcomes of Community and Firefighter safety. 

At a time of ongoing change in public services and a challenging financial environment, you will make a significant contribution to formulate and drive forward innovation and improvement strategies to meet SFRS strategic aims and objectives.  You will play a strategic role in transforming the SFRS; leading by example and building on our culture of safety, teamwork, respect and innovation.

All ACO roles within SFRS are inter-changeable and designated work functions continue to be subject to the exigencies of the SFRS.

You will provide an operational emergency response as part of the Principal Officer group (Gold Command) including a national response on a locally agreed continuous duty system.  You may be required to attend incidents as the Incident Commander as dictated by the SFRS Incident Command System or as SFRS Gold Commander at  Multi-Agency Gold level briefings or meetings at any location throughout Scotland.

 Applicants must currently be serving as a competent and substantive Area Manager or above. 

Applicants are also required to evidence academic achievement at SCQF Level 11 e.g. a relevant Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline, or demonstrable experiential equivalency.

 The provision of Incident Command leadership is essential and applicants must currently operate at Incident Command level 3 or equivalent for external applicants in order to apply.  Applicants must also hold a full, valid and current driving licence. 

 Successful applicants will be based at SFRS Headquarters in Cambuslang and must be able to travel extensively across Scotland on a regular basis and the UK when required. These posts shall align to the Brigade Manager Role Map and the Scheme of Conditions of Service (NJC Brigade Manager). 

 Selection process

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Heather Grieg, Executive PA to Chief Officer Martin Blunden, on 07824 307 616, or by email to

Full details of the role and the selection process can be found in the recruitment information pack. To apply, please complete the online application and upload your CV.

The selection process will include a shortlisting exercise, psychometric assessments and a Selection Centre consisting of an incident command assessment, a leadership discussion and formal interview. Successful applicants will be subject to security vetting at Security Checked (SC) level prior to appointment.

The SFRS are committed to developing a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We seek to create equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, disability, ethnic background, age, religion/belief or sexual orientation.  The SFRS welcomes applications from any individuals from any of these groups, who meet the essential criteria.  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 telephone Irene Burns on 01698 402567 or email

Closing date: 17 February 2019

Closing date: 17 February 2019

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