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National Galleries of Scotland

Project Director National Collection Facility

Application Deadline: Wednesday 09th October 2019

The National Collection Facility (NCF)

“The National Collections Facility project at Granton (NCF) in the north of Edinburgh offers an extraordinary opportunity to make our collection work hard all the time, not just when it’s on display in the galleries or on tour. We want the NCF to be a game changer – a place where anything is possible. A place for looking and exploring, for talking and making, where visitors can experience the collection in a uniquely flexible way. A place to create surprising juxtapositions, to look at art from multiple points of view, to add new insights on the past and alternative perspectives for the future.

The NCF will play a significant role in the regeneration of North East Edinburgh, resonating with local history and reflecting the interests of the community, while attracting scholars, artists and enthusiasts from all over the world. Success will depend on a spirit of generosity and collaboration combined with the rigour and imagination we bring to everything we do.”

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Role Purpose:

National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) are on a journey to evolve our already admirable estate. To achieve this, we are seeking to appoint an exceptional Project Director, to evolve and develop our new world-class National Collections Facility (NCF).

This senior role within our organisation will have a significant impact on the future of the National Galleries of Scotland and our vision of Art for Scotland: Inspiration for the world.

As the successful candidate you will be responsible for building on the existing work to present a detailed rationale for the creation of a new National Collections Facility, developing the preferred option (including social and economic benefits) and demonstrating its alignment to the NGS vision and aims and the evolving estates activity. You will be responsible for producing business cases, funding strategy and gaining approval as well as ongoing stakeholder engagement. At this critical development stage of the project you will play an active role in developing our future thinking by working with the Leadership Team and contributing your thinking to our strategy.

As the successful candidate you will have a demonstrable track-record of successfully leading major capital projects of a comparable scale, visibility and complexity, and will have a proven ability to balance strategic leadership with operational delivery.

You will lead with professionalism and integrity in order to gain trust and respect of all stakeholders, both internal and external and to build credibility. As the successful candidate you will oversee and direct all aspects of project delivery, working with multiple stakeholders to deliver the infrastructure and systems required. Establishing key stakeholder relationships with the Chief Operating Officer and his Directorate will be paramount.

Application Process First stage
Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit a full C.V. and covering letter of no more than 2 pages setting out their suitability for the role including compensation expectations.

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