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Our culture and values

Our culture and values

Want to know more about what it’s like working for Scottish Enterprise, what values we work to and how we work together? Find out more about our culture and values.

Working at Scottish Enterprise

Diversity of experience and thought is vital to the success of our vision for the future of every community across Scotland. So, we welcome different strengths and perspectives to our friendly, flexible and inclusive culture. Scottish Enterprise is a place where you can be yourself. We’ll nurture your talent and skills, so that you can be your best. And we’ll help you balance your work and home life in a flexible environment, where you feel empowered to decide how, when and where you deliver your best work for our customers and stakeholders.

Our values

Be brave

We will be fearless and ambitious in our decision-making, delivering for our economy and our communities. We will celebrate together when we succeed and learn together when we fail.

Work together as a community co-operative

Be fair

We will act with the highest standards of integrity and empathy, and champion diversity and sustainability.

Be the difference

We will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with others to unlock our collective potential and to make a real impact.

Be our best

We will expect the highest standards of ourselves and offer excellence when working with others.

Everyday flexibility

Our approach to working patterns is about empowering and trusting our employees to decide when, where and how they work. We aim to create a flexible work environment where work is an activity, not a set place or defined hours. Some roles are more flexible than others, but we’ll always do our best to help you get the right work-life balance for you.

Our key flexible working principles include:

  • Balance. We’ll give you the flexibility you need to flourish and be your best, as long as you can still meet the needs of your team, the business and our customers
  • Trust. We employ professional, passionate people who we can trust to understand their roles and the work to be done
  • Flexible locations. For most roles, you’ll be able to choose how much you work remotely and how much you work from the office, as long as you’re open to doing a bit of both
  • Virtual first. Our approach is to focus on virtual first, but we also understand that face-to-face can sometimes add real value when working in teams and with customers or stakeholders
  • Adjustable working patterns. No core hours – if your manager agrees, and with regular reviews, you can flex contractual hours to suit demands of the role and your preferences

“… an organisation that is flex at its core. Scottish Enterprise’s flexible working strategy is about trusting and empowering their people to have the best work life harmony, while also successfully meeting the needs of the business.”

Scotland's Flexible Working Awards 2022

A diverse and inclusive workplace

We have diversity communities in a range of areas, who help to raise awareness, gather feedback and offer peer support. Each group has a leadership ambassador from our leadership team, to make sure that any issues raised are given a platform to be resolved.

Our diversity communities are:

  • Disability Positive – with a focus on creating an accessible and inclusive organisation where people of all abilities will want to work
  • Gender Balance – with a focus on engaging people across the organisation to attract, develop and retain women at all levels, including reduction of the gender pay gap
  • Pride – with the goal to support colleagues across the broad spectrum of diversity of sexuality & gender identity
  • Multi Cultural – with a focus on creating an organisation which is inclusive of race, ethnicity, nationality and faith
  • Multi Generations – working towards an age-inclusive Scottish Enterprise

A connected community

We value the connections our people make outside of their immediate working teams. As well as our diversity communities, there are plenty of other ways to join communities and connect with each other.

  • Hobbies and interest groups – from gardening to hillwalking, bookworms and gigs to travel and TV, it’s easy to connect with colleagues who have similar interests
  • Support groups – with groups like our menopause support group and families with disabled young people, you can share your experiences and get support from others
  • Fika – in Swedish it means “coffee and cake break”, so join our fika sessions for monthly 30-minute chats with colleagues you might never have met otherwise
  • Volunteering opportunities – give something back to the community and connect with colleagues using paid volunteering days.

“The 'Families with disabled young people' group makes me feel connected with colleagues who have similar experiences and challenges. I look forward to seeing messages from the group ping into my mailbox – a helpful reminder that we are people as well as colleagues.”

Developing you and your career

As an investor in people, we’re committed to supporting and developing our people. We can offer a range of courses and development opportunities, including supporting higher and further education. We also offer in-house opportunities for mentoring, coaching, job shadowing and individual assignments.

Everyone at Scottish Enterprise is encouraged to make space in their diaries for other personal development – catching up on industry developments, reading the latest blogs from other teams across public sector, joining webinars or trying out new tools.

Your voice, heard

Our employees' voices matter to us. Everyone gets regular 1:1 catchups with their people manager to discuss how they’re getting on and raise any issues. We also send out regular surveys where you can share how you’re feeling about things like workload, sense of purpose, opportunities for growth, level of autonomy and more.

And when we’re working on big changes that affect you – like when we introduced our new flexible working arrangements – we’ll always make sure your voice is heard.

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Support for young people at Scottish Enterprise 

We want to make sure everyone at Scottish Enterprise feels supported and has access to development opportunities. But we know that young people sometimes need extra support to get their careers started, figure out their career goals, and settle into life in the workplace.

As a Young Person Guarantee and Investors in Young People (Gold) employer, we:

  • Encourage all young people to aim for 10 development days a year rather than 5
  • Have a Youth Strategy in place to ensure we’re considering the needs of our young people and valuing the contributions of our young people
  • Will ensure you’re supported at all levels by highly skilled and trained colleagues
  • Can offer you access to a buddy and coach to give you extra support 
  • Can offer you the same development opportunities as all our employees – training opportunities, work shadowing, coaching, and achieving recognised qualifications where they’re relevant to your role

And if you join us as a young person, you’ll also have the opportunity to get involved with the Young Leaders Group who can offer support, gather feedback, make sure our young employees’ voices are heard, and help our young people to find their full potential. 

If you're a young person and are just starting your career, you may be interested in our graduate programmes, internships and apprenticeships.

Find out more about our career starter opportunities. 

Join the team

If our culture sounds like a good fit for you, have a look at our current vacancies to see if there’s a role for you.

Our employer accreditations and awards

Disability confident employer

Disability confident employer

Investor in people

Investor in people

Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion

Stonewall Scotland diversity champion

We're supporting age positive

Age Positive supporter

Young Person's Guarantee Employer logo

Young Person's Guarantee employer

Top 10 Flexible Employer Logo

Top 10 Flexible Employer

Institute of Export and International Trade

Investors in young people - Gold Award

Working families employer member 2020/2021

Working families employer

Carer positive employer in Scotland

Carer positive employer in Scotland

Economic Development Association Scotland