Senior External Verifier

The primary role of the Senior External Verifier is to ensure that all approval and verification activities are undertaken by their team and are carried out in line with SQA policies, procedures and guidelines.

These activities will be under the direction of staff from SQA's Quality Assurance Logistics Operations - HN and Vocational Qualifications team.

Outline of duties

Additionally, Senior External Verifiers may be asked to undertake the following activities. These activities will attract additional payment

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates must be able to:

  • Demonstrate up-to-date subject knowledge and a high level of expertise in assessment across the range of courses, levels, qualification types, verification group(s) and the areas for which they are responsible. Senior External Verifiers will be expected to have appropriate academic, vocational or professional qualifications or expertise in the same or closely related subject area for which they seek an appointment.
  • Display through all aspects of the role, SQA Values (Progressive, Enabling, Trusted).
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be able to engage positively with all members of their team, providing management and support as required.
  • Communicate confidently, effectively and professionally with their team, Head of Centre and /or SQA Co-ordinator and SQA staff both orally (at briefings and meetings) and in writing (reports).
  • Provide accurate, professional and supportive feedback on performance to team members and to SQA.
  • Demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills and provide an attention to detail.
  • Have a home computer or laptop with broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address.
  • Hold a current clean driving licence.

In addition

  • Senior External Verifiers engaged in HN (work-based) and SVQ external verification will be expected to have achieved or be working towards a nationally recognised External Verifier Qualification

Key Performance Measures for Senior External Verifiers

Each year, on completion of the duties outlined in the Senior External Verifier contract specification, the Senior External Verifier will be measured against the following key performance measures and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance in that year.

  • Lead, develop, and manage External Verifier team to meet SQA QA activities and timescales
  • Support and develop External Verifier team members, providing mentoring and coaching for team to meet SQA requirements
  • Monitor the practice of individuals and the overall performance of the External Verifier team
  • Engage with External Verifier team and relevant members of SQA staff displaying SQAs corporate values
  • Ensure satisfactory completion of SEV administration duties within agreed time frames
  • Support External Verifier team to fulfil the KPMs of the External Verifier role
  • Satisfactorily fulfil the KPMs of the External Verifier role