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Job roles at SCQF Level 12 involve leading whole organisations, or divisions of large organisations. They will have responsibility for strategic planning and ensuring the success of the organisation by overseeing the management of the main functions. They may require highly developed research or academic skills in combination with operational and/or leadership responsibilities.

Representative Competencies of Job Holders at SCQF Level 12

Scope of Work Works in complex and unpredictable contexts where, typically, the information available to guide decision-making is incomplete, inconclusive or contradictory.
Degree of Autonomy Exercises a high level of autonomy, initiative and leadership in professional activities; exercises significant managerial responsibility for the work of others at a senior level.
Processes Identifies, conceptualises and offers original and creative insights into new, complex and abstract ideas; plans and executes significant research, investigation or development projects to addresses new and abstract problems and issues; designs and executes research, investigations or development projects to deal with new problems and issues; generates new knowledge.
Contribution to Quality Makes a significant development to change in the sector.
Skills Uses and enhances a range of complex professional skills and techniques at the forefront of developments in the sector; applies a range of standard and specialised instruments and techniques of enquiry and research.
Knowledge Draws on a critical overview of a sector, its specialised areas, and the factors affecting its development.
Personal Development Reflect critically on role and role responsibilities, maintains currency and addresses issues.

Job Role

Representative responsibilities

Jobs at this level require the exercise of the highest degree of independence and initiative. The work will entail providing leadership across whole organisations or divisions of large organisations. The job holder will be responsible for the success of the organisation/division.

Representative tasks and duties

These may include:

  • undertaking long-term and strategic planning
  • leading on planning for personnel and resource requirements
  • appointing and appraising senior personnel
  • ensuring that the organisation has a culture which is appropriate to the sector
  • identifying organisational/divisional requirements and taking innovative approaches to address these
  • leading on the development of novel approaches to the management of personnel and processes in the organisation/department

Knowledge and skills

Jobs at this level will require a critical understanding of the sector, its context and the factors affecting its development. They will require highly advanced skills in management.

Examples of qualifications at SCQF Level 12

Doctoral Degree, Professional Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 12, and a range of other courses available in the workplace and community (see SCQF Database).

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This does not have to be an exact match in all areas, but the best description for the key aspects of your job role.


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