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Environment Legislation and Trade Manager

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Job summary

£39312 - £47065
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
30 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Environment Legislation and Trade Manager within the Directorate for Environment and Forestry 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.

The quality of our natural environment is fundamental to Scotland’s identity, to increasing inclusive, sustainable economic growth and to the well-being of our people. Scottish Ministers have committed to ensuring Scottish environmental standards are maintained or exceeded, where possible, after EU exit.  The EU Exit hub in the Environment and Forestry Directorate works across Scottish Government and with a wide range of external stakeholders to support Ministers in delivering this commitment.

The role of Environment Legislation and Trade Manager offers an exciting opportunity to help shape our strategic environmental policy programme in our new context outside the EU. You will ensure secondary legislation on the environment respects Scotland’s devolved interests and priorities, and promote Scotland’s environmental interests under the terms of the new UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, in UK trade negotiations with the rest of the world and through UK engagement in the World Trade Organisation.

The role provides for extensive collaborative working with environment, trade, EU, legal and parliamentary teams across Scottish Government, other devolved administrations and UK Government, in particular Defra and DIT. The successful candidate will enjoy developing strong, influential relationships, including with senior managers and ministers, be comfortable with a changing context and have an eye for detail as well as the bigger strategic picture in promoting and defending Scotland’s environmental interests. There are line management responsibilities for one B2.

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.Ability to build strong and constructive relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and to work collaboratively to influence outcomes.
2.Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain complex issues in clear terms and be persuasive in support of particular interests.
3.Demonstrate analysis and use of evidence in forming policy positions and problem- solving.
4.Strong organisational and policy skills, including the ability to balance competing priorities, exercise sound judgement and develop handling strategies to resolve complex or sensitive issues.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
•UK nationals
•nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
•nationals of the Republic of Ireland
•nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
•relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
•relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
•certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

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 Luke Boddice at luke.boddice@gov.scot

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.  

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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