Job Application - Lead Inspector

31 January 2024


£83,725.00/Per Annum


Our offices are in Edinburgh and there would be an expectation of regular attendance on site or on Police Service of Scotland (PS) or Scottish Police Authority (SPA) offices

Work Pattern

There is more than one role available to which can be filled by full time, part-time or job share all work patterns will be considered.

Minimum Time in Post

You will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

Closing Date



Exciting opportunities have arisen for Lead Inspectors within HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS.

If you have an interest in policing and in being involved in improving policing across Scotland, then this position may be ideal for you. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring that HMICS has the ability to monitor, assess, inspect and report on the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

You will manage an allocated programme of inspection activity acting as Lead Inspector for both single and joint inspections/reviews when appropriate. We are looking for senior professionals who can bring significant experience and competence in the inspection of the practices and procedures and efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. You will be able to demonstrate extensive experience of corporate functions, transformation and change management and improvement methodology in the public sector or significant senior leadership roles in public sector where dealing with the public and managing risk is a core part of the role.

  • Lead the organisation and planning of inspections in accordance with the inspection framework and published scrutiny plan
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders to support scrutiny activity
  • Carry out research and gather evidence and data to support scrutiny work as required
  • Manage inspection activity to agreed resource levels, budget and timescales
  • Collaborate with other inspection bodies in joint scrutiny activity
  • Review and agree formal corporate documents prior to publication


  • Leading Others
  • Communications and Engagement
  • Improving Performance
  • Analysis and Use of Evidence

Essential Criteria & Qualifications

No specific qualifications are required for this post, however, HMICS has developed an Inspection Framework using the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model. As a lead inspector, it is expected that the successful candidate will either be an accredited EFQM assessor or be willing to work towards achieving the accreditation.

Essential Criteria

  1. Broad experience as a decision maker at a senior level, capable of negotiating and influencing strategic change, where you have demonstrated strong leadership skills, including being visible and supportive.
  2. Prioritise, plan and manage a heavy workload, using risk management techniques as you will be expected to deliver high quality outcomes, meeting deadlines whilst managing competing internal and external pressures.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of law enforcement policies and procedures with the ability to provide professional guidance and advice in relation to the current crime threats and emerging risks being experienced by the communities of Scotland or a sound knowledge and understanding of the types of organisational and managerial issues facing Police Scotland and SPA at a local, regional and national level.
  4. Carry out detailed analysis and assessment of complex technical evidence, with the ability to draw out key findings, giving clear reasons for your decisions or recommendations and the ability to deliver effective, high quality and relevant reports and results.

Provisional Dates for Sift

To be confirmed.

How to Apply

To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date using evidence based examples to demonstrate your knowledge/skills (300 words). Remember, your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.


There is an expectation that you will be vetted or able to achieve a suitable standard of vetting to allow exposure to sensitive police material.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 12 months.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mark Hargreaves at

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Additional Information

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification” which you will find below.