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Senior Policy Executive

Job summary

£38541 - £46599
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
14 October 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Policy Executive within the Energy Industries based in Glasgow. This is a fixed-term and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

In the face of a global climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic (and its economic consequences), the Scottish Government must successfully balance stakeholder interests and influence outcomes to benefit the public, our energy system, industry and wider economy.

This is a challenging yet rewarding post within the Energy Industries Division and the Critical Energy Infrastructure Team proving maternity cover for a fixed period of 6 months. The post holder will be responsible for advancing policy interests in the industrial energy sector, primarily concerning Scotland’s critical energy infrastructure (with a focus on downstream oil & gas operations), high-value industrial investment projects, and pressing organisational challenges – supporting contributions to the Climate Change Plan, for example. This post will demand working with a range of internal and key external stakeholders / agencies, and commercial undertakings, with the post holder ensuring that sensitive issues are well-identified and that ministers / senior colleagues are briefed accordingly.The post holder must be resilient and display strong organisational skills to work across a broad portfolio of energy, industrial and commercial matters - displaying self-awareness to handle issues calmly and professionally.

This post will have a focus on balancing economic, energy and commercial considerations - and the post holder will lead on important elements of policy development and commercial projects. This will require working closely with colleagues across the Scottish Government and building good relationships across partners in both the public and private sectors, which will include advancing a Programme Board consisting of SCS representatives across government, and senior counterparts at enterprise agencies, in relation to a key cluster of critical energy infrastructure in Scotland. There is considerable ministerial interest in several sensitive areas of policy within this post, cutting across portfolios. At times, this post will require working to support a range of issues across the Division and wider Directorate.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss. 
Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Proven ability to communicate, professionally and clearly, complex issues with a broad range of stakeholders, both in writing and orally. This includes producing high-quality written work for a public audience.
2. Proven ability to build and develop effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders across the private and public sectors to support policy or operational delivery.
3. Strong ability to prioritise and balance competing demands and workload pressures.
4. A track record of making recommendations and actions on the basis of analysis of evidence drawn from a diverse range of sources.

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 as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'Zoom' app by which you can 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 to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Yvonne Brown who can be reached at yvonne.brown@gov.scot.

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