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Deputy Director, Tertiary Education Funding

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) exists to make Scotland a world leading centre of education, research and innovation by investing £2 billion of public money each year, across Scotland’s 26 colleges and 19 universities. This funding enables Scotland’s colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people. Our work in widening access is bringing colleges and universities together in new ways and providing more people with more routes into learning and skills, while our support for university research means every one of Scotland’s universities is able to carry out world-leading research. Our investment of over £120m to create innovation centres is making exciting things happen between industry and university research.

We are now looking to add further strength to our team with the appointment of a Deputy Director of Tertiary Education Funding to oversee the distribution of Scotland’s tertiary education funds to colleges and universities; secure excellent programme management and monitoring across all aspects of SFC’s funds; and develop operational policy for tertiary fund distribution.

Reporting into the Director of Finance, this role will be a key point of contact with the Scottish Government, developing spending review priorities and co-ordinating SFC’s response to government spending allocation decisions. In this role you will work across multiple government agencies and collaborate closely with institutions across the education sector. You will also lead the development of funding policy and oversee fund management across teaching, apprenticeships and student support. As part of SFC’s Senior Management Team, you will also play a role in developing a programme of change across the sector and focus on enhancing funding policy literacy.

The successful candidate will bring a successful track record of strategic and operational fund management within a complex public sector organisation. You will also bring significant experience of policy development and programme governance, ideally within the education sector. Strong stakeholder engagement skills are essential, and in particular you will bring demonstrable ability to forge strong, collaborative relationships with a diverse network of senior stakeholders spanning Scotland’s colleges and universities, partner agencies, and government. You will also bring a successful track record as a leader with the ability to engage and inspire a team, building capability, capacity and a culture of continuous improvement.

If you feel ready to contribute to making Scotland the best place in the world to educate, research and innovate, then please see the full role description and application pack in Supporting Documentation below:






Closing date for applications is: 09:00 GMT on Monday 1 November 2021