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Job roles at SCQF Level 8 may involve responsibility for running established operations, systems or services which may be complex in nature, to ensure standards or targets are met, or to identify opportunities for improvement. Some roles at this level may involve the job holder in managing processes, professional issues, supervising others or providing technical advice to senior managers.

Representative Competencies of Job Holders at SCQF Level 8

Scope of Work Works in defined areas of professional activity, in routine and non-routine contexts; deals with professional/ethical issues by undertaking routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation.
Degree of Autonomy Works autonomously within professional/ethical codes of practice on some activities, and under guidance on others; leads teams to implement plans and works with a manager or professional supervisor to set goals and responsibilities.
Processes Applies knowledge and understanding of specialisms to complete activities and achieve goals; understands processes of research; adapts routine processes within accepted standards; uses a range of evidence-based approaches to addresses defined, routine professional problems and issues.
Contribution to Quality Uses a range of skills in combination to measure progress and achieve goals/targets, review work and improve practices and processes.
Skills Uses a range of routine and some advanced professional skills, techniques and practices; employs a range of tools and materials some of which are advanced or complex.
Knowledge Draws on knowledge of the scope, defining features (core theories, concepts, principles and terminology) of the area of work and/or the sector; has specialist knowledge in some areas.
Personal Development Identifies personal strengths and weaknesses as they apply to work in hand; seeks guidance and undertakes personal development.

Job Role

Representative responsibilities

Jobs at this level can require the exercise of considerable independence in relation to given responsibilities. Job holders may be expected to ensure that work is allocated appropriately to teams and that steps are taken to develop their teams where there are gaps in skills or knowledge. They may have to ensure that resources allocated to them are used in efficient and effective ways. Jobs may have budgetary responsibilities. Jobs may require specialist knowledge or skills in more than one area of work.

Representative tasks and duties

These may include:

  • making decisions on operational priorities and schedules and allocating activities and tasks
  • developing teams
  • monitoring activities and outputs against agreed standards and/or targets
  • monitoring customer feedback
  • negotiating on routine matters with internal or external suppliers
  • preparing reports to inform decision-making
  • proposing and implementing improvements to current working methods


Knowledge and skills

Job holders at this level may be highly skilled in relation to specific areas of responsibility. They will normally have a detailed understanding of equipment, methods, systems, and procedures, the standards which apply and the problems which can arise in relation to these. This may have been gained through practical experience or from the results of straightforward research or investigation and/or formal training. Supervisory and management skills and the ability to deal with people at different levels of responsibility can be important requirements for jobs at this level.

Examples of qualifications at SCQF Level 8

Higher National Diploma, Diploma of Higher Education, Higher or Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 8, SVQ at SCQF Level 8, and a wide 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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