Scotland Food & Drink

The Board of Scotland Food & Drink are seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director with Senior Financial Management experience.

Scotland Food & Drink exists to nurture, support and champion the people and products of Scotland’s food and drink industry to help deliver continued and growing success and enhance Scotland’s global reputation. This is performed in two ways: firstly, we are a membership organisation with hundreds of Scottish businesses to engage with and encourage. Secondly, we lead the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, a collaborative alliance of key industry organisations and public sector agencies.

Scotland Food & Drink is the lead industry organisation in the delivery of the National Strategy: ‘Sustaining Scotland. Suppling the World.’

The Board contributes to the work of Scotland Food & Drink, ensuring the organisation remains relevant to all stakeholders and provides world class leadership on behalf of the industry.

Summary of the role: As a Board Member, you will exercise corporate responsibilities for the business, support the Executive in developing it’s membership and commercial activities and work with the partnership to influence the strategic development of the food and drink industry; an industry seeking to grow its sales both at home and in overseas markets.

Skills Sought: We are seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director with both senior financial management, Board experience and a broad understanding and passion for the food and drink industry.

Time commitment: The Board meets at least four times per year, and depending on the agenda, the duration can be from three hours to six hours. Board members are expected to attend at least 75% of meetings annually in pursuance of good governance best practice.

There are three committees of the Scotland Food & Drink Board, each with their own Terms of Reference and delegated authority. They are the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee.

  • The finance committee meets 4 times a year (and otherwise as required).
  • In addition, there are requests to attend a number of Scotland Food & Drink flagship events throughout the year.

Location: most Board meetings take place at Scotland Food & Drink Head Office, Ratho, Edinburgh with occasional regional meetings across Scotland.

Length of term: 3 years with the possibility of reappointment for second term of 3 years.

Remuneration: £200 per Board meeting attended, plus travel and subsistence expenses.

Application timeline:

  • Application deadline: 20 June
  • Sifting date: 30 June
  • Interviews expected to be completed by the end of July.

About the role: To complement the continuing Board Members, we are seeking a Non-Executive Director with senior finance experience, including strategic financial planning and mitigating financial risk.

They will be a crucial member of both our Board and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, providing business acumen, experience of complex organisations, strategic oversight and evaluation of our long-term financial plans.

The role will involve:

  • Reviewing and determining the strategic direction of Scotland Food & Drink and its implementation in an annual cycle.
  • Overseeing Fiscal prudence and ongoing financial strength.
  • Reviewing and approving the annual budget.
  • Overseeing the keeping of financial records and their audit.
  • Reviewing and approving the Annual Report.
  • Overseeing the production and submission of audited annual accounts.
  • Reviewing the Reserve policy.

Person specification – Essential criteria

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A proven track record of Board or equivalent level experience in the private, or public sector.
  • An enthusiasm for and genuine interest in the growth, resilience and sustainability of Scotland’s food and drink industry.
  • Strong analytical skills with the capacity to examine issues at a strategic level in ways that are impartial, creative and focussed on finding solutions. To contribute effectively to strategic planning processes.
  • Ambitious aspirations for the industry and a desire to drive innovative ways of working between the industry and public sector in Scotland.
  • To embrace the principles of corporate governance.
  • To challenge constructively and respectfully and contribute to high quality discussion, decision-making and priority setting within a Board/team environment.
  • To communicate clearly and effectively to a range of stakeholders and uphold the reputation of the organisation.
  • To uphold the principle of good governance – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • To embrace Scotland Food & Drink’s values.

Our values: As an employer, we believe working with us should be a hugely positive experience, our core values are:

  • Ambition – we are passionate about making a difference.
  • Collaboration – our impact comes from harnessing the individual strengths of our people and our partners, forging a strong team spirit. We have each other’s backs.
  • Respect – we all set the tone, taking personal responsibility for our actions, embracing empathy and generating a world class external reputation.
  • Balance – work is important, life is everything. Success is doing both well.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we recognise that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Appointments and tenure:

Non-executive Directors are appointed by the Nominations Committee and Chair of the Board and are accountable for the wider Governance and Strategy of Scotland Food & Drink.

Board member appointments are for 3 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further 3 years term at the discretion of the Chair.

Any reappointment is subject to satisfactory biannual appraisals of performance during the first term in post. There is no automatic presumption of reappointment as each case is considered on its merits, considering the diversity of the current board and its balance of skills and experience.

Remuneration and allowances:

Board members receive £200 per Board meeting attended, plus reasonable travel and subsistence expenses, necessarily incurred in line with travel and subsistence policy and rates of Scotland Food & Drink.

Next steps: Application and selection process:

If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit your application to [email protected] by 20th June, 2024.

By providing:

  • Your CV – no more than 2 sides of A4
  • a covering note detailing your background and suitability for this role.
  • Email addresses for 2 referees.

Scotland Food & Drink reserves the right to only consider applications that contain all elements above and that arrive before the published deadline for applications.

Once the shortlist has been agreed, you will be advised by email whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to interview with the Nominations committee, including the CEO and Chair. The preferred candidates will be invited to a second interview with other members of the Board.

We welcome applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds who bring diverse perspectives, skills, and experience to our team. Previous board experience is essential.

Please also contact Fiona Ure if you would like any further details or would like to arrange an exploratory discussion.

We plan to complete this process and welcome our new Board Member in late Summer 2024.

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