Crown Estate Scotland (CES) manages assets on behalf of Scottish Ministers including agricultural and forestry land, most of the seabed, just under half of the foreshore and some commercial property.  We invest in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value for Scotland. We return all revenue profit to Scottish Government

CES manages land and property owned by the Monarch in right of the Crown and works with people and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for Scotland and its communities.

CES is responsible for managing:

  • 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

CES is a public corporation which has been managing the assets on an interim basis until recently passed legislation sets out permanent arrangements. CES is led by a board and managed by a staff team of approx 45 employees, supported by agents and outsourced providers who deliver specialist advice and local support.

Since CES’s inception in 2017, CES has been working towards building a high performing team that supports a wide and varied range of revenue streams and stakeholders throughout Scotland. A key part of that development has been the internal infrastructure built by the current Head of Finance & Commercial who is now looking to recruit a high-calibre Financial Controller to focus on leading the finance function whilst also supporting a number of key commercial projects and ventures that CES will be involved with. 

Critical to the success and development of the role will be a candidate who possesses a strong and proactive approach to supporting the corporate objectives of the organisation, whilst also providing the Executive Team with insightful reporting, financial modelling and analysis to aid planning, delivery and key decision making.