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Head of Cyber Cluster

An exciting opportunity exists for a highly motivated individual to join ScotlandIS and lead and develop the emerging cyber cluster in Scotland, building community, developing initiatives and collaborating with partners and stakeholders.

ScotlandIS is the membership and cluster management organisation for Scotland’s digital technologies industry. We’re at the heart of Scotland’s digital economy, shaping, changing, and driving it forward and working with members and partners to support the wider digital transformation of business and society.

We provide our members with connections up, down and across the digital technologies industry, as well as relevant market intelligence and we act as a single voice for the industry to policy makers. Ensuring a continuing supply of current and future skills is a major area of focus and we facilitate a range of special interest groups including cyber, infrastructure, software engineering, and Mobility as a Service *1.

We work closely with Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland to promote and realise the importance of our industry to the Scottish Economy. The post is based at the ScotlandIS office in Linlithgow, but will involve regular travel within Scotland, as well as occasional international event attendance.

Role Description
A high-profile role requiring both strong community development skills and sector knowledge, this new position will build on work already undertaken to understand and map
the emerging cyber landscape in Scotland. The post holder will engage with Scottish industry and other stakeholders to expand the cluster in Scotland, build a strong community of interest, attract inward investment and deliver a compelling international proposition.

Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Cyber will act as an advocate for the cluster, strengthening, representing and channeling this vital growing Scottish capability.
Highly effective at making things happen, with a good technical grasp of the emerging cyber landscape, the Head of Cyber will develop a clear strategy and action plan to enhance capabilities across both the supply and demand elements of the cyber sector, work with stakeholders in the private, public and the third sector, and liaise with experts within academia.

*1 In partnership with Technology Scotland

The post-holder must also be able to demonstrate success in business development as they
will also be responsible for developing income streams to support cluster and broader

Skills and experience

  • A track record of delivering programmes and building collaborative initiatives, in a complex, rapidly evolving environment
  • A proven record in business development
  • Experience in developing strong working relationships and networks across the private, public, charity and academic sectors
  • Knowledge, expertise and experience of the cyber security sector and the dynamics of this fast-moving discipline
  • Excellent proven interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • A motivated team player

Scope of the Role

  • To bring together companies, suppliers and service providers, across the sector as well as government agencies and other institutions providing education, information, research and technical support
  • To develop a commercial strategy for engaging partners across industry and the public sector
  • To maximise and consolidate the reputation of Scotland’s cyber business community and its potential to develop as a business sector contributing significantly to the wider Scottish economy
  • To increase the growth of this sector, surfacing emerging companies and connecting them to the wider cyber community
  • To help position “Scotland PLC” as a significant player in the UK, European and international markets
  • To foster inward investment opportunities and support international development missions
  • To help to develop supply chain networks
  • To establish the role as an advocate to the wider business community
  • To build a directory of cluster businesses and interests, creating associated stakeholder and relationship maps
  • To oversee the organisation of cluster events
  • To identify appropriate areas of research that will support the expansion of the cluster.

Key Outputs and Milestones

  • Develop a three year cluster development strategy for the growth and promotion of the cluster, including the establishment of a cluster advisory group
  • Work within the wider ScotlandIS team to deliver a strong cyber cluster
  • Ensure annual personal business development targets are met
  • Develop a longer-term funding plan for the cluster
  • Facilitate industrial and government connections and partnerships, helping cluster members to enter national and international markets
  • Promote Scotland’s cyber capabilities nationally and internationally
  • Support the evaluation and reporting of key outcomes, including an annual report summarising progress on short and longer-term objectives.
  • Research and write benchmarking reports, analysis documents and proposals as needed to assist the organisation in determining and meeting its long and short term
  • Be active in national and international cyber networks
  • Support the aims of ScotlandIS

This is a full-time role with a competitive salary and benefits package. Secondments from suitably qualified applicants will also be considered. The post will be based at the ScotlandIS office in Linlithgow.


ScotlandIS is an equal opportunities employer.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are applying for the role, to Karen Meechan.

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