Top job! Head of Obesity Action Scotland

  • Full time
  • £54,235
  • Glasgow - Hybrid working*
  • Closing 29th February 2024

  • Advertised from 29th January 2024
  • 35 hours per week


To lead a health-focussed unit hosted in a Medical Royal College that aims to change the way Scotland tackles obesity prevention and healthy food policy.

To challenge the understanding of a healthy diet, obesity (and what a healthy weight looks like) and associated risks with key groups, decision makers and individuals in public policy, media, health and beyond.

To identify and challenge the public and private sector interests that directly shape the obesogenic environment to identify and influence action required.

To shape the political and policy agenda through direct engagement with senior decision-takers to enable the change needed to deliver population health measures.

To develop and inspire a successful, engaged team that can deliver agreed aspirations.

In conjunction with and as directed by the Steering Group, to lead, develop and monitor programmes of work, overseeing delivery and ensuring that programmes are evidence-based, outcome-focussed, fully aligned with strategic priorities, seeking to promote a healthy diet and thus change the prevalence and profile of overweight and obesity in Scotland.

About You - Knowledge, Experience and Skill Set Required


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject;
  • Successful leadership experience in a specific subject of public interest, influencing policy makers;
  • Excellent networking, communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills;
  • Understanding of the relationship between determinants of health, food and drink, nutrition and commercial factors;
  • Excellent written communications and experience of report writing;
  • Confident, strategic thinker and problem solver with the ability to analyse complex issues and offer a choice of solutions;
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level able to articulate the organisation’s vision and direction as well as giving support at operational level to achieve objectives and outcomes;
  • Ability to manage the interface between the external environment and internal operation, to gather critical intelligence and be accountable for outcomes;
  • Ability to develop, manage and execute effective public affairs and communications strategies;
  • Ability to undertake financial planning and identify and respond to income generating opportunities;
  • Strong ethical sense in conducting relationships between stakeholders in the health sector and food industry;
  • High level understanding of the use of research and evidence in shaping, influencing and developing policy and practice;
  • Demonstrable experience in overseeing the development and delivery of programmes that influence policy, and communication strategies; relationship building and ability to articulate key messages and outcomes;
  • Knowledge of how people learn and ability to design and facilitate dynamic learning opportunities;


  • Previous work in a public health field;
  • Previous experience in food policy or nutrition related subject area;
  • Previous work in engaging with media and communications;
  • Awareness of human rights, equality and inclusion issues as they affect people who experience disadvantage;
  • Knowledge of the healthy food and anti-obesity policy context in Scotland and awareness of the UK, European and international context.

Terms of Employment

The post-holder will report to the Steering Group which will be made up of representatives from the Scottish Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, the NHS and other subject matter experts.

Obesity Action Scotland will be collocated at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The post holder will be an employee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The post-holder will report to the Obesity Action Scotland Steering Group on matters related to strategy, policy and programmes and will report to the CEO of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on all other matters. The full job description is available for download below.


  • 40 days holiday
  • Pension
  • Life Assurance Benefit
  • Enhanced Sick Pay, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay
  • Wellbeing Benefit
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Successful candidates will have the requisite ability and experience to meet the specific requirements of the post.

*Hybrid working enables employees to work both in the College and remotely. As part of this arrangement, employees will be required to spend at least 50% of their working time in the College, with the days being subject to the needs of the business.

We promote an agile, flexible workforce and while this is a full‐time post, applications from individuals seeking less than full time, job‐share, or flexible working arrangements are welcome.

Application notes

If you believe you have the skills to be part of our team then apply by submitting your CV, with a covering letter and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form via

The closing date is Thursday 29th February 2024 at 12 noon.

We anticipate interviews will be held week beginning 11th or 18th March 2024.

If you have any queries or wish to discuss the post in more detail please contact

An informal discussion with the Chair of the Obesity Action Scotland Steering Group can be arranged between Wednesday 14 February and Friday 23rd February.

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