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Undergraduate – Economics

Apply for our Undergraduate Summer Placement Scheme. In this 12-week paid role, you'll help analyse economic data on businesses we've supported and help shape strategies around these insights.

Job description

Job title: Undergraduate – Economics
Team: Economic Research and Performance Analytics
Location: Any Scottish Enterprise Hub within Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and Aberdeen (with home working options)
Salary: £24,575 pro rata (rising to £26,075 from 1 April 2024)
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)
Status: Fixed term – 12 weeks
Closing date: 24 April 2024
Job ref no: R00502

Be part of building Scotland's future

What will you be doing this summer? How about getting paid to work on real projects on a scale you never thought possible before graduation? Join our Undergraduate Summer Placement Scheme and expect interesting, vital and hands-on work with experienced people you can learn from.

You could be meeting with our clients – the companies innovating and scaling to improve Scotland economically. You’ll work with colleagues from across our extensive network. Crucially, you’ll get world experience to complement your studies. By the time you go back to uni, you’ll have played an important role in helping us secure a prosperous future for Scotland.

We're Scottish Enterprise – Scotland's national and international economic development agency. We work to transform the Scottish economy. What we do really matters: from helping to create high-value jobs and boosting productivity to growing Scotland’s wealth. It’s success you could soon be part of.

The opportunity

An increasingly important part of shaping how we deliver economic development support is by learning from our performance data. So, to extend and deepen our work as a data-driven organisation, we now need an enthusiastic economist or data analyst to help us explore what our data tells us about the support we give.

Join our Economists and Performance Analysts, and you’ll help us ensure we have the insights we need to achieve maximise economic impact and value for money.

The role

This new role will see you analysing three years’ data, drawn from 1500 to 2000 businesses a year. What you’ll be looking to understand is the relationship between Scottish Enterprise’s support and the impact it has had – for example, in terms of employment growth.

In addition, you’ll help us:

  • Build a robust database by checking external databases and online company research, and by having conversations with staff
  • Explore individual and groups of data series – such as tabulating, graphing, summarising and cross-correlation – and report on your findings
  • Identify data insights that tell the stories of our support, the outcomes and the potential impact
  • Report on and share these stories with internal audiences through presentations, webinars and videos
  • Draw conclusions based on data insights and recommend courses of action

Who we're looking for

As someone who’s curious about business and economic data, you’ll have an interest in finding insights through exploration and analysis as part of a team.

Your study towards a degree in a subject such as economics will have equipped you to work with data and sharpened your Excel skills – and may also have exposed you to an econometrics tool like R or SPSS. 

Presenting your findings in ways non-specialists can grasp will take a curious and creative mind. You’ll also join us ideally with some experience or understanding of packages such as Venngage, Canva and PowerBI.

Life at Scottish Enterprise

As one of Scotland’s Top 10 Flexible Employers, we pride ourselves on empowering our colleagues to work when and where they prefer so that they deliver as best they can, in support of our corporate plan.  

Learn more about working with us 

How to apply

If you're interested in this role, please complete an application form by Wednesday 24 April 2024.

Interviews will be held on 7 and 8 May 2024.

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 applications 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, or sexual orientation.

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

We have the following networks which are open to all colleagues to help drive inclusion: Disability Positive, Gender Balanced, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational and Pride (LGBTQ+).

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