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Top job! Head of External Engagement & Business Development

  • Full time
  • £48,000 – £50,000
  • Edinburgh – Hybrid (office requirement at least one day per week)
  • Closing 11th April 2024

  • Advertised from 14th March 2024
  • Salary depending on experience


Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) is embarking on an exciting journey to extend its influence and support across Scotland, aiming to reach over 175,000 people per year living with chest, heart, and stroke conditions. With a bold and ambitious strategy, CHSS is dedicated to ensuring that no life is half lived, advocating for, and providing support to those in need.

To spearhead this mission, CHSS seeks to appoint a Head of External Engagement & Business Development. This critical role is at the heart of CHSS's strategic plan to enhance its community health care support services and grow its political influence, offering a unique opportunity to lead in the development and implementation of innovative business models and partnerships and campaigns that will have a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals across Scotland.

Role Overview:

The appointed candidate will be instrumental in creating and executing a dynamic engagement strategy that cultivates meaningful partnerships, identifies new business development opportunities, and grows our political influence. This role requires an individual capable of navigating the health and social care and public sector landscape, with a proven record in forging relationships and selling services to organisations. The successful candidate will also have the privilege of recruiting and leading their own team, further enabling CHSS to achieve its strategic objectives.

Ideal Candidate:

CHSS is in search of a leader with exceptional skills in external engagement, business development, and strategic partnership management. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in the health and social care and public sector, demonstrating a keen ability to communicate effectively and adapt to changing landscapes. A strong commitment to CHSS's values and mission is essential, as is the drive to initiate significant change and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by chest, heart, and stroke conditions.

Benefits of the Role:

  • A competitive salary reflective of the candidate's experience and skills.
  • Flexible hybrid working arrangements, fostering a balance between professional commitments and personal wellbeing.
  • An opportunity to build and manage a dedicated team within a supportive and visionary organisation.
  • Engagement in a role that offers both a challenging and rewarding career, with the potential to significantly impact public health in Scotland.

Application notes

Please email us at to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.

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. Early engagement is recommended to fully explore this opportunity.

Closing Date: Midday, Thursday 11th April

Interview Date: Friday 26th April

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