Peterhead is one of the UK’s most versatile ports, serving fishing and a broad range of industries including oil and gas, decommissioning, renewables, and leisure. The port has a turnover of £14 million and annually handles around 2,200 commercial arrivals with 1.2 million tonnes of cargo and 2,700 fishing boat arrivals returning £220 million value of fish last year.
Peterhead is the UK’s largest white fish and pelagic port and is a major logistics base for servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.
PPA’s most recent development in 2018, involved a £53million modernisation of the inner harbours and construction of a new fish market, which helped to maintain their preeminent role in the UK and European fishing industry.
The development of a new Masterplan is presently being optimised to focus on the provision of new facilities and infrastructure to host emerging energy transition industries such as CCUS, offshore wind, and hydrogen / clean fuels production. Peterhead also lies within the North East Scotland Investment Zone.
Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) seeks to appoint a Chief Executive with a proven successful track record in senior management and with strong leadership qualities. Because of the important role that the harbour plays in the life of the community, the Chief Executive will foster a positive and prominent position with a range of local, regional and national stakeholder bodies.
Based in Peterhead and reporting to the Convenor and the Peterhead Port Authority Board, the Chief Executive will lead PPA and its employees through projects and strategy focussed on the goals set by the Board of the Authority.
The Chief Executive also serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of the Authority (including secretarial duties and preparation of Board papers and minutes), as well as ensuring the welfare of all employees and stakeholders of the port, overseeing and promoting the fiscal and financial success of the Authority.
PPA are looking for an exceptional individual with proven ability to envision the opportunities which existing and emerging business sectors can bring to the port. They must be able to capitalise upon these opportunities by successfully building relationships, talent and infrastructure to secure them. Leadership, vision and trust will be the hallmarks of a highly motivated individual who thrives on delivery of ‘best-in-class’ service, and flourishes in challenging and diverse circumstances.
The candidate is expected to be qualified to degree level or equivalent and have recent senior management experience of supporting a Board, including responsibility for implementing and advancing their strategic objectives. Additionally, the management and oversight of all the organisation’s operations, finances and resources is required. It is desirable that experience is principally from the port sector and the individual has a sound understanding of the challenges associated with the Port’s main trading sectors.
The successful candidate will excel at networking, developing and maintaining relationships with customers, stakeholders, staff and other organisations. They will possess a good knowledge of health, safety and environmental issues and have significant budgeting and financial planning experience.
Please download the attached Candidate Brief document for full details about Peterhead Port Authority, the role and your application. Commensurate with the role and expectations, there is a generous reward and remuneration package available to the right candidate.
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact:
Ryan Brown, Senior Researcher
+ 44 (0)1224 218 975
The closing date for applications is 17.00 on Friday 8 December 2023.