Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

About the Organisation:

National Services Scotland (NSS) is a national NHS Board operating right at the heart of NHSScotland providing invaluable support and advice at a strategic and operational level.  NSS supports our stakeholders to deliver their services more efficiently and effectively and we offer shared services on a national scale using best-in-class systems and standards. Our priority is always the same – to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. We do this by working in partnership with colleagues across Health and Social Care to deliver fit for purpose solutions and systems, delivering high quality services that help our stakeholders to free up resources so they can be re-invested into essential services.

The Post:

In this post you will lead, direct and inform the strategic direction for NSS from a workforce perspective, through developing and implementing a workforce strategy that will deliver the NSS strategy, vision and purpose. You will also provide executive and strategic consultancy to the Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland and ensure the provision of professional people and HR services to NSS and shared services stakeholders.

This role is instrumental in assisting the Board to make strategic workforce decisions, understanding its appetite for staff risk and influence the key drivers of improving people performance and key points of decision making.

In addition, this role provides executive leadership, strategic thinking, direction and interventions to NSS Board and Directors and to external stakeholders of HR, enabling a culture where employees are valued and have a voice, where talent is developed and where leadership is visible and inspirational.

The Candidate:

We are looking for an inspiring individual and strategic thinker with the drive, understanding, vision, experience and political awareness to provide clear and dynamic leadership. You will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences and have the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with staff, stakeholders and trade union colleagues.

You should hold a degree in a relevant discipline and post-graduate qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience, as well as be a Chartered Member of CIPD. You should also have evidence of continuing professional/personal development, including management and leadership development.

Location and Working Pattern:

While we currently operate a hybrid working model, the base for this role will be flexible, within central Scotland.

The working hours for this role is Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week.

It is a condition of this employment that you must live and remain a resident within the UK for the post in which you will be employed with NSS.


Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits

Further information:

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Mary Morgan, NSS Chief Executive at

Closing date for completed applications is 14 May 2023

Further information on NSS is available from:

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail only, so please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders).

NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and as committed participant in the disability confident scheme, guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.