About us

As an organisation our sole purpose is to improve the lives of people living with mental health problems. That means everyone who works for us is helping make life better for some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.

A significant percentage of staff have experienced mental health problems and as an employer we’ve very conscious not just of supporting people during periods of poor mental health, but ensuring staff have a good work-life balance and work in a positive and supportive environment. We want people to do the best possible job for those we’re here to help and we know to do that, staff need to be happy at work and feel supported and listened to.

Our History

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health issues in Scotland for more than 90 years.

SAMH was founded in 1923 to provide support to a wide network of Local Associations for mental health.

From the mid 1950’s and into the 60’s our activities centred on public education through lectures, courses and conferences.

Our records show that from 1976 we shifted the focus of our activities to include representing the interests of people with mental health problems. The campaigning side of SAMH is very much at the forefront of our activities today.

In 1983 we opened our first service, Sprout Market Garden; a horticultural project where people with mental health problems could gain work experience. The following year, SAMH’s first Supported Accommodation project was set up in Livingston, West Lothian. It is hard to believe that as recently as 1984, SAMH only employed three members of staff.

There followed a period of gradual and steady growth in the organisation until 1988. At this time a combination of Sir Roy Griffith’s report on care in the community and the introduction of the Employment Training Programme, saw the organisation embark on a period of exponential growth. Later, SAMH successfully secured substantial European Social Fund monies, which combined with the introduction of the NHS and Community Care Act, permitted the organisation to continue to develop new services.

Today we still run thriving horticultural projects that operate amongst our 60 services in communities across Scotland. SAMH services are person centred and based on an ethos of recovery. We provide mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services, among many others.

These services, together with our national programme work in See Merespectme, suicide prevention, sport and physical activity; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive and social change in Scotland.

Our work continues under three strategic goals:

  • Being there for people
  • Promoting Good Mental Health
  • Ending Stigma and Discrimination

Our Work

SAMH operates over 60 services in
communities across Scotland.

Therapeutic Horticulture

Our horticulture services have a therapeutic impact on mental health recovery.

Peer support

Our peer support workers, each with their own experience of mental health problems, support others towards recovery. 

Employability

Our National Employment Team helps people into work, training or education.

Community Engagement

We support people living with mental health problems towards recovery and engagement in the wider community.

Homelessness

We provide preventative work and practical support to individuals who are homeless or at risk.

Addictions

We help people in their recovery from addiction.   

Active Living

We champion active living as a vehicle for improving and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. 

Suicide prevention

Everyday SAMH works to prevent suicide through interventions and training.

Supported Accommodation

We provide emotional and practical support to people on a daily basis including living skills to help them keep their home.

Mental Health Outreach

Provides housing support and outreach to people in their own homes where staff support people to develop, regain and maintain independent living skills.

We’re searching for a Senior Communications Officer who will play an essential role in helping SAMH achieve its strategic aims.

You’ll do this by using media and paid digital campaigns to change attitudes, raise money and tell people how SAMH can help them through local and Scotland-wide support services. You’ll oversee the work of our Communications Assistant, supporting him to create brilliant social content and marketing materials, and oversee our internal comms strategy. You’ll SAMH staff across Scotland know what’s going on across the organisation.

Careers

As Scotland’s most prominent mental health charity, it’s an exciting time to be joining as they enter their centenary year. They provide some fantastic support across mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.

As an organisation, they genuinely care about their employees and you’d be part of a friendly dedicated team who collaborate closely for the bigger cause. There’s also a big emphasis on life-work balance and some fantastic benefits on offer. 

This is an amazing opportunity for someone looking to be part of something special whilst helping them promote and tell their story. Key responsibilities of the role include: 

  • Taking a leading role in the development, testing and implementation of SAMH communications and content creation 
  • Working with journalists, media outlets and influencers to communication and build support for SAMH’s work 
  • Develop and implement creative ideas to promote SAMH’s work through campaigning, service delivery, fundraising and policy 
  • Working closely with internal teams on upcoming initiatives and messaging 
  • Developing engaging content to support communications across all channels – including media, social and website 
  • Managing the Communications Assistant, providing support and guidance where necessary 

This is a great role for someone looking to work with a degree of autonomy and take ownership of their work in a positive working environment as the work you do will help to make a real difference! 

You’ll ideally come from a journalism or PR background, however this is not essential. An understanding of media and ability to build relationships is key here. You’ll come with plenty of enthusiasm and be comfortable taking the lead on initiatives. 

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be part of an organisation that makes a difference and treats their employees well, please get in touch today.

As well as promoting a healthy work-life balance, we offer the following:

  • SAMH operates a workplace pension in line with auto enrolment requirements and SAMH contributes in line with government standards
  • Annual leave 30 days (under 5 years service); 33 days (over 5 years service)
  • 4 days public holidays
  • Life cover 1.5 times annual salary
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential support should you need it

SAMH is proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer. We chose to do this because the real Living Wage is the only rate calculated independently according to what people need to meet the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

Our people and employment practices at SAMH align with the Scottish Fair Work Framework and we believe that fair work is work that offers effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. An important part of this is our commitment to paying the real Living Wage as a minimum rate of pay for all SAMH staff who work every day to support Scotland’s mental health. 

Apply

If you would like any information about this opportunity with SAMH, 
please get in touch with Denholm Associates today. Thank you.
Scott Caithness

HAIDER BILGRAMI

Finance Coordinator

Haider recently graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has gathered experience in the finance industry through internships and previous jobs. He will be using all the skills he has acquired through his previous experiences to assist the finance department with gathering data and providing analysis that will help the business expand.

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

DOWNLOAD

Get our best practice guide to successful virtual hiring and onboarding today.

DOWNLOAD

Our Careering out of the crisis guide will give you some expert tips to start taking positive action towards a happier and more fulfilled working life.

DOWNLOAD

You can give us a call for more information about our Career Transitioning Support or you can simply download more details here.

DOWNLOAD

You can give us a call for more information about our Outplacement Support or you can simply download more details here.

Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business


In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

SEARCHING FOR SALARY INSIGHTS?

DOWNLOAD OUR UK ECOMMERCE SALARY GUIDE HERE.

HIRING NEW SKILLSETS CAN BE TRICKY...

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW ECOMMERCE INTERVIEW GUIDE HERE.

APPLY HERE:

DATA ENGINEER

Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

ZOE LUMSDEN

Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.

DAVID RANDALL

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING & SALES

David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.

DREW GILLIES

SENIOR CONSULTANT - AGENCY

Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.

OPTIMISE

CVs and interviews will take you to Level 2. Our behavioural profile will take you to Level 3, vital to identifying future potential.

LEVEL 1

Appears to...

  • Appearance
  • Expressiveness
  • Manner
  • Presence

LEVEL 2

Can do...

  • Knowledge
  • Acquired skills
  • Training
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Credentials

LEVEL 3

Will do...

  • Capability to learn
  • Aptitude
  • Attitude
  • Self-motivation
  • Stability
  • Persistence
  • Maturity
  • Temperament
  • Behaviour patterns