New tender announced for post of SRS director; first requirement – spotless reputation

Latvia’s State Chancellery has announced an open personnel selection process for the post of director of State Revenue Service. Application submission process will last until 14 September.

Finance and administrative managers are welcome to apply. Similar to other high-level tenders, a personnel selection company will be involved. The company this time will be Amrop. It will help define the necessary requirements, invite potential candidates and perform their assessment across all stages of the project.

As noted by the chancellery, the main requirements for contenders is spotless reputation, a Master’s degree, at least three years of experience in a private sector organization with turnover of at least EUR 5 million and fifty employees or public sector organization with access to at least EUR 3 million of budget funds and 150 employees, managing these organizations directly. Experience working in a lower-rank post is acceptable if contenders had at least 200 direct or indirect subordinates.

Contenders also must have international and/or interdepartmental collaboration experience, successful change management experience, as well as be able to resolve matters systematically and work with complicated and large volumes of information. Candidates are also expected to have experience and understanding of the structure of state management, administrative processes and budget planning. Candidates also must have excellent strategic planning, cooperation, communication, presentation and English language skills.

The personnel selection process will have three stages. The first stage will commence 14 September. During this stage, the commission will evaluate submitted documents and contenders’ compliance with requirements of the contest. At the same time, the company will prepare and submit detailed comments to the commission, including potential reputation risk analysis for every candidate approved for the second stage of the contest.

In the second stage of the tender, contenders will explain to members of the commission and personnel selection specialists their motivation and vision for the institution’s future, as well as answer ten questions regarding the structure of state administration and basic principles of its function, budget planning, administrative processes and the institution’s range of competences.

In the third stage, specialists will evaluate contenders’ management competences and prepare a report for each of them. Based on information submitted to the personnel selection company, as well as everything observed throughout the process, members of the commission will decide which of the contenders that made it to the third stage the most appropriate candidate is.

At the end of the process, the most appropriate candidate will be presented to the finance minister, who will decide on submitting the candidate’s name for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers. If the government supports the candidate, the winner will be appointed to the post for a term of five years.

As previously reported, SRS Director General Ilze Cīrule unexpectedly died on the night to 10 March this year. She was the head of SRS since November 2016. Dace Pelēkā, head of SRS Tax Office, has been appointed as acting director until a replacement has been found.

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