Chief Executive Officer


Edinburgh / Flexible hybrid working
£65,000 - £75,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 1st July 2024  

AWS Executive are working in partnership with Sniffer to appoint their Chief Executive Officer.

Key elements of the role


  • Strategic Leadership to steer Sniffer to achieve its charitable objectives and strategic goals.
  • Profile raising and representation – to spearhead the implementation of Sniffer’s rebrand and represent Sniffer externally.
  • Innovation and horizon scanning – to ensure that Sniffer stays at the forefront as a creative and innovative charity that is nimble and forward looking.
  • Organisational culture – to maintain a positive organisational culture that evolves and aligns with Sniffer’s values.
  • Governance – to work with the Trustees to establish and maintain effective structures, practices and transparency.
  • Financial sustainability – to ensure the continuing success of the charity, broadening and diversifying income streams.
  • Stakeholder engagement – to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders so that Sniffer is valued as a trusted partner.


  • Programme development and delivery – to oversee the delivery of Sniffer’s activities in line with strategic objectives and expectations of funders.
  • Compliance – to ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements and to drive forward Sniffer’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Financial management – to ensure robust procedures in place for budgeting, financial reporting and compliance.
  • People matters – to manage the recruitment, development, and retention of skilled and motivated staff, with a focus on individual and collective wellbeing.
  • Risk Management – to ensure that risks are managed appropriately, and necessary mitigations are in place.
  • Evaluation and learning – to monitor, assess and report on Sniffer’s performance against targets, goals and objectives, and to nurture Sniffer’s role as a change maker.

About you

We are looking for a solutions focused leader who combines vision and innovation with experience of leading an organisation to deliver on its strategic priorities. You will understand the need for systems change to create a flourishing and fairer future for all. You will have direct experience of working across sectors, creating strategic alliances and nurturing collaborative approaches, internally and externally. You will enjoy pioneering a creative and can-do approach which is a feature of Sniffer. You will be a skilled communicator and networker.

Knowledge and experience

  • Transformational /systems change and environmental change.
  • Climate resilience and impacts of a changing climate for Scotland.
  • Placemaking and locally-led action.
  • Scotland’s policy context including climate, environment, planning, health and wellbeing, and sustainable development.


  • Proven track record of strategic leadership, providing vision and clarity of purpose and organisational goals.
  • Experience in building a positive, innovative and collaborative team culture.
  • Experience of enhancing wellbeing and motivating and developing staff.
  • Management and change management.
  • Ability to effectively manage resources and budgets and experience of delivering long term financial stability.
  • Experience of leading and managing strategic and operational processes, ensuring effective governance, compliance and risk management processes.
  • Experience of managing organisational change.
  • Strategic relations and influence.
  • Strong stakeholder management experience with a track record in building collaborative relationships and partnerships across a wide range of organisations and individuals in Scotland.
  • Experience of dealing with a range of issues across key stakeholders such as Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Public Sector and Third Sector.

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to Sniffer’s values and focus on fair and flourishing.
  • A champion of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • A strategic thinker with creative and pragmatic problem-solving skills.
  • Impact driven with a focus on Sniffer’s role as a changemaker.
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders – from senior policy makers to local communities.
  • High level of interpersonal communication and influencing skills.
  • Strong personal and professional resilience.
  • Creative and forward thinking.

How to apply

Candidates are encouraged to speak to AWS Executive prior to applying for the role.

For a confidential discussion, ideally via Teams or Zoom, please contact Donna McKay [email protected] or Alan Surgeon [email protected] to arrange this. 

Suitable candidates will then be invited to apply, by submitting an application form via the link below.

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