Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Chief Executive

Applications are invited for the position of Chief Executive with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The Board of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is seeking an inspirational and experienced Chief Executive to lead the organisation into its next phase, building on the artistic successes and financial stability of the last few years and continuing to develop the Orchestra’s profile and reputation both nationally and internationally. The RSNO, one of Scotland’s national performing companies, has a long and magnificent history spanning over 125 years. Scotland’s National Orchestra is proud to be recognised as one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and one of Scotland’s most accessible arts organisations, with a reputation for world-class performances, successful international tours, award-winning recordings and a ground-breaking learning and engagement programme, Music for Life.

This autumn, Thomas Søndergård, the RSNO’s new Music Director, launches his first season and upcoming plans include a prestigious tour to Los Angeles and the West Coast of America in Spring next year.

The RSNO’s centre of musical excellence in Glasgow opened in 2015. With its 600-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art learning, education and community hub, fully integrated digital technologies, comprehensive library, individual and ensemble rehearsal rooms and administrative offices, the centre provides a wealth of unique opportunities for the incoming Chief Executive to extend the Orchestra’s reach in Scotland and internationally.

You will have strong leadership skills and a track record in motivating, inspiring and empowering teams

The ideal candidate for the Chief Executive position will be a senior leader in the classical music industry, or the wider arts sector, with experience of managing significant budgets and large teams. He or she will have strong leadership skills and a track record in motivating, inspiring and empowering teams to work successfully together to deliver a vision and mission. Creativity, commitment and passion are all qualities required of the new CEO, together with an ability to set a compelling and relevant vision for the RSNO’s future as an industry leader in the 21st century. Business acumen and a track record in generating substantial income from both private and public sector sources are essential, as is the ability to operate effectively at the highest political levels. A sound knowledge of orchestral repertoire and previous experience of working with musicians is desirable.

The RSNO is an equal opportunities employer. The RSNO is supported by the Scottish Government and local authorities in Scotland.

How To Apply

For an information pack, please contact our recruitment consultant, Heather Newill, Director, AEM International, Arts Entertainment and Media Executive Search on

Closing Date: Friday 19 October 2018.