Job Vacancy – Director of Information Technology and Technical Services


Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Information Technology and Technical Services (ITTS) at North East Scotland College.

Aberdeen is a fantastic place to live and work, and the region is consistently ranked amongst the top locations for quality of life in Scotland. North East Scotland College (NESCol) is one of Scotland’s largest colleges, and the biggest provider of vocational education training in the North East of Scotland – this makes us an integral part of the local economy in providing modern, dynamic and innovative learning environments that meet the needs of individuals, communities and employers in the area.

The College has a major role to play in meeting the vocational education and training needs of individuals, firms and communities across the region. The courses available provide opportunities for school leavers and adult returners to acquire skills that will provide them with sustainable employment, whilst also providing industry with the highly-skilled workforce that they need.

The College also helps to boost cultural enrichment through its wide range of part-time programmes.

The College works closely with the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Scottish Government bodies, employers and other educational establishments to maintain and strengthen its influence in the development of the region and its people through the courses, facilities and progression opportunities available.

The College recruits over 6,500 full-time students each year across a wide range of vocational and academic areas, and a further 12,000 students enrol on part-time and distance learning courses.

Our main hubs of delivery are located across Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead with learning centres in Ellon and Inverurie.

In addition to the six academic campuses and centres, the College also operates a Business and Community Development department (offering a range of part-time courses) and the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead.

The College’s Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead is one of Scotland’s premier maritime education and training providers serving the commercial, energy and fishing sectors.

ASET International Oil and Gas Training Academy

In addition to the curriculum offering, the College also has its own wholly owned subsidiary known as ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy –a specialist training company delivering training courses  for the Oil & Gas, Engineering, Renewable, Marine and Construction industries.

Whatever your educational or occupational background, an opportunity
awaits at NESCol!

Find out more…

With a number of modern campuses and learning centres spread throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland College is widely accessible for people across the region.

Find out more… 

The Role

You will be responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient operation of the IT and Technical Services Department, supporting around 20,000 staff and students across seven College locations, as well as enabling and supporting flexible and remote study. You will be responsible for a team of 40+ with four direct reports. As Director of IT and Technical Services, you will plan, direct and co-ordinate all operational activities of the department together with the provision of IT, Technical Services and IS based solutions to support the business processes.

Working closely with colleagues on the College Leadership Team to derive, implement and manage the strategy of IT and Information Systems (IS) developments, you will provide on-going cost-effective solutions for all aspects of the organisation’s business activity and development and ensure IT capacity to adequately support current and projected business volumes.

You will be responsible for all IT and IS systems including, but not exclusively, in-house software, networks, telecoms, outsourced operations, bought-in services and portable devices.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to MyJobScotland, complete the form and upload your CV and covering letter/ supporting statement.

Apply here – MyJobScotland

Applicants will be longlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV against the Job Description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match the requirements contained in this document.

We would also be grateful if your covering letter/supporting statement could include the following information:
• Current salary / package.
• Current notice period.
• Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application – if you do not receive this please contact


The closing date for applications is Friday 8 January 2021

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application no later than 20 January 2021.

Interviews will be held between 21-29 January 2021

If you have any general queries regarding this post or the recruitment process, please contact

However, if you would like to have an informal discussion about this post, please email Pete Smith, Vice Principal Finance & Resources on

What will 2021/22 look like at NESCol, given the challenges Coronavirus has presented to schools, Colleges and universities this year?

We may not know exactly how the next College year will run – but we do know that an engaging, exciting experience awaits for students signing up to start next summer.

At NESCol we follow the latest Scottish Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus, ensuring the College community is protected. The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our number one priority.