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Top job! Head of Operations (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £58,568 – £67,725
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 6th March 2023

  • Advertised from 24th January 2023
  • Full time and Permanent. Salary: Dependent on experience.


Transforming the lives of those to whom all of us owe an enormous debt.

Combat Stress has been in existence since 1919 and, without doubt, provides a life-changing and, on occasion, life saving service.

For more than a century it has provided support to veterans from every service and every conflict. On average, it takes a veteran 13 years to ask for help after leaving their job and, for many, it is their darkest hour and they’re in a crisis situation. Combat Stress offers specialist support to deal with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. It offers a range of services and therapy programmes across the UK. In Scotland, it offers residential and community-based care, together with online services, delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working across Scotland.

The charity is at an exciting time of its growth and is seeking a Head of Operations for Scotland who will provide forward thinking and inspirational leadership throughout this period and beyond.

You must be a registered professional, perhaps in occupational therapy, social work, mental health nursing, or clinical or counselling psychology, who can provide the highest quality strategic and operational leadership for Combat Stress in Scotland. The post holder will be the senior manager responsible for both representing and promoting Combat Stress across the country and build positive and productive relationships with statutory and third sector colleagues.

Combat Stress is looking for someone with the skills, experience and drive to support the Deputy Director of Operations to build on its current achievements and develop excellent quality services and support across Scotland.

The successful candidate will have considerable senior operational management experience delivered within a multi-disciplinary context; you should be strategic, have significant understanding of, and experience in, the field of mental health, have a robust understanding of the Care Inspectorate scrutiny framework and a desire for high quality and continuous improvement.

This is a role with considerable breadth and will exert change both within the charity and at a national level. You will have the opportunity to influence Scottish Government policy, represent Scotland at UK wide events and contribute to the growth and development of a national organisation. In addition, you will gain experience and expertise in the delivery of trauma-informed focused services, provide leadership for a multi-site national service ensuring regional equity, and provide high quality, effective and evidence-based care to Scotland’s veterans.

If you want to be part of the senior team at Combat Stress, providing specialist treatment and support for veterans with complex mental health issues; if you want to be part of the life-changing and unique work the charity provides and you’re able to demonstrate commitment to their values, then please contact us for the Candidate Pack today. In return, you will know that your daily endeavours are transforming the lives of those to whom all of us owe an enormous debt.

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You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Midday, Monday , 6th March

Interview Date: Tuesday, 7th March

This search is being conducted exclusively for Combat Stress by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.