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Economic Insights Manager

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Job summary

Grade - C1
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
30 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – 5 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, G2 8LU or Edinburgh (Victoria Quay or St. Andrew's House, with frequent travel to Glasgow for team meetings)
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

The Economic Policy and Capability Division (EPCD) sits within the Office of Chief Economic Advisor Directorate (OCEA) and at the heart of DG Economy's remit to work across the SG to drive our economic policy development.

The work undertaken by the Division is high profile, fast-paced and variable and this role presents an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of the effort to support economic policy development across the Scottish Government.

The Economic Recovery and Policy Insights Unit is part of the EPCD, normally based in Atlantic Quay. You will report to directly to the C2 head of the unit.

Part of this role will involve leading a small team to work with policy teams in developing well-defined, specific pieces of policy development and research to support ongoing priority policy activity. This will involve working with colleagues from across the Economy portfolio and wider SG to effectively identify, collaborate and drive forward key economic policy development issues.

The post-holder will also lead work on driving forward our innovative Productivity Club activity and PIN Seminars, working closely with external partner organisations.

The outputs from this work will include research and policy papers, submissions and advice to senior officials and Ministers, the post-holder will also have a key role in contributing to wider economic policy discussions and working with the wider Economic Policy unit to develop new economic policy.

Main Duties
Within the Economic Recovery and Policy Insights unit:
• Lead a small team to engage with policy officials across the Economy portfolio teams to develop and deliver specific pieces of policy development and research.
• Work with senior officials to develop elements of the evidence base and content behind future policies to inform Scottish Government policy.
• Lead the activity to support the development of economic policy capability across the Economy Portfolio, aligned to strategic economic policy aims.
• Contribute to wider work within EPCD to develop new economic policy, Ministerial briefing and advice.
• Oversee the delivery of small pilot initiatives, such as the Productivity Club Pilots.
• Support the review and delivery of Learning & Development within EPCD, improving skills and capacity in the division to ensure business operational resilience and appropriate personal opportunities for progression.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
2. Experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve the policy objective.
3. Excellent communication skills with experience of producing high quality policy documents and engaging directly with Ministers.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a team demonstrating excellent people management skills.

Analysis and Use of Evidence
Communications and Engagement
Leading Others
People Management

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact Alison Gilfillan by email at alison.gilfillan@gov.scot or Lisa McDonald at Lisa.McDonald@gov.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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