Applicants sought for Innovation Centre CEO role

Bill McBride

APPLICANTS are being sought for a role which has been described as “one of the most important influencing roles in the Scottish construction industry”.

The job is Chief Executive of Construction Scotland’s new Innovation Centre. The successful candidate will lead, direct and manage its resources and partner institutions, and achieve the goals set out in the organisation’s five-year plan

Established in March, the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s focus is on connecting industry and academia to boost growth through innovation across all construction-related professions and trades.

Working with eleven of Scotland’s higher education institutions and covering the whole of Scotland, the centre will provide the 31,000 plus businesses involved in the sector with a one-stop shop for accessing a team of academic experts and industry support, helping to maximise long-term economic growth.

The CEO will report to the Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Board, with the role focused on leading and promoting the centre, helping to create a step change in the innovation landscape in Scottish construction.

Bill McBride, interim Chair of the Innovation Centre said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most important influencing roles in the Scottish construction industry – and one of the most exciting and important opportunities to have come along in the sector for many years.

“Recent projects delivered in Scotland prove that we have the innovation and capability to deliver collaboratively and creatively on exemplar schemes such as the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, the M74 completion and the Forth Replacement Crossing – but these are not the norm and it’s that mindset we need to move towards.

“The CEO of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has a key role to play in contributing towards the industry achieving this culture change, bringing academic experts, professions and trades together to work towards a more innovative, sustainable and profitable sector here in Scotland and beyond.”