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Senior Policy Officer – Marine Planning

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Job summary

£38541 - £46599
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
05 January 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Policy Officer – Marine Planning within the Marine Scotland department based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent 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.

Marine Scotland is responsible for managing Scotland's seas ensuring prosperity and environmental sustainability. Effective marine planning is at the heart of this, ensuring that the marine and coastal environment is managed in an integrated and holistic way. In 2015 Scotland published its first National Marine Plan - a single framework for managing our seas.

The primary focus of the role will be to facilitate and manage marine planning and related strategic environmental and socio-economic projects in relation to the development of offshore renewables in Scottish Waters. These initiatives aim to support and inform the development and location of commercial scale offshore renewable energy developments in Scottish Waters. The Scottish Government is published a Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind on 28 October 2020. This post will play a key role in both the co-ordination and strategic direction of the programme board established to drive forward the important process of Iterative Plan Review (IPR).

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. Experience of leading or playing a key role in the delivery of environmental, planning or energy-related projects.
2. Strong knowledge and understanding of marine planning and/or the associated environmental legislation e.g. the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.
3. Experience in engaging and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
4. Ability to present ideas in a clear and positive way, making cross-cutting connections between issues and wider areas of responsibility.

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 by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. The Remote Interviews will be conducted by WebEx. 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 Damon Hewlett who can be reached at damon.hewlett@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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