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Researcher (Ref R00388)

Researcher (Ref R00388)

Job description

Job title: Researcher
Team: Appraisal and Evaluation
Location: Any location in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee or Aberdeen. Home working options available. 
Salary: £44,276
Hours: Full-time 
Status: Permanent
Closing date: 8 February 2023
Job ref no: R00388

This is a great opportunity to enhance and increase our impact on the Scottish economy. As part of a small, supportive team, you will work to develop projects that deliver economic development and environmental benefits for Scotland.

The role

As a Researcher, you’ll develop new methodologies for appraisal and evaluation, and build an understanding around what works in delivering economic development benefits. You’ll play an important role in building evidence, and new ways of thinking, that influence current and future projects.

You’ll manage and deliver your own portfolio of work. The workload is varied and will give you the chance to collaborate with colleagues across our organisation. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with colleagues to deliver project and programme appraisals that assess the net economic impact of public interventions. This involves writing the economic impact assessments for approval papers and guiding colleagues on how to boost the economic benefits of projects.
  • Managing external consultants to undertake project and programme evaluations of our interventions. This includes devising evaluation methodologies, writing and commissioning briefs, managing external consultants and budgets, and making sure that final reports meet the evaluation’s objectives and stakeholder requirements.
  • Undertaking a range of complementary ad hoc work for internal and external colleagues. Internally, the team is supporting our national programmes. Externally, work has been done for several city and regional growth deals.

Who we're looking for

You should have understanding of economic development and the principles of appraisal and evaluation. You’ll also have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work with people of varying levels of seniority with ease. An inquisitive mind is a must.

Your skills, abilities and experience should include:

  • Experience of delivering economic development appraisals in a public agency, an economic development consultancy, or something similar
  • Experience of managing or delivering economic development evaluations to assess the impact of public sector interventions on the economy
  • Qualifications or skills and experience at SCQF Level 9 or above (for example, a degree or Graduate Diploma) — your subject discipline should be economics, local economic development or a subject involving elements of these
  • An understanding of the wider Scottish public sector economic development policy environment that Scottish Enterprise operates in

Ideally, but not essentially, you’ll also have:

  • Experience using standard software packages such as Excel and Word
  • Experience using standard policy and data sources such as the Green Book, Scottish Input Output Tables, and Scottish Annual Business Statistics

What we offer

If successful, you'll gain access to the following benefits: 

  • Membership of the Scottish Enterprise Pension and Life Assurance Scheme – a pension based on your final pensionable salary, flexible retirement options and generous life assurance cover
  • Up to 43 annual leave days a year (including public holidays) with the opportunity to buy additional holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • A health cash plan
  • Our Employee Retail Benefits Scheme
  • Our Employee Assistance Scheme

How to apply

If you're interested in this role, please complete your application form by 08 February 2023.

Interview dates:

  • First interviews – Tuesday 21 February 2023
  • Second interviews – Tuesday 28 February 2023

Our values

Being part of Scottish Enterprise means being open to new ideas and trying different ways of working. We support each other to reach our full potential. We celebrate shared success and learn together when things don’t go so well. And we always treat each other fairly, with respect and understanding. Together, we are the difference.

Apply now to keep building your future with us

At Scottish Enterprise, we’re proud to celebrate difference. Diversity of experience and thought is vital to the success of our vision for the future of every community across Scotland. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applicants from a wide range of individuals, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

We commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required, not only during the application and assessment process but throughout employment with us.

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