Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Economic Policy Adviser (closing date 6 June)

May 10, 2017 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for an Economic Policy Adviser within Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

The post will be located in Marine Scotland’s Marine Analytical Unit (MAU), to allow the post holder to draw on broader multi-disciplinary (statisticians, economists, data analyst and social researchers) analytical resource based in Edinburgh. This is a 12 month fixed term 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.

As an Economic Policy Adviser you will analyse, evaluate and assess various aspects of the Scottish food economy and help shape the development of FSS policies and programmes. You will provide economic advice on issues that arise day-to-day and will be involved in working with the FSS Board and other officials across a range of governmental business. You will be required to maintain an understanding of the economic policy landscape relating to FSS and links with other government departments, UK and international research funders and provide links to research programmes which are relevant to FSS strategic objectives.

Qualifications Required
At least a 2:1 Economics Degree or a Masters Degree in Economics.

Essential Criteria
1. You will have substantial experience as a professional economist and have a strong understanding of economic concepts and analytical techniques.
2. You will have experience of working with other professions to develop a shared evidence base to inform and influence decision-making.
3. You will have some experience of advising decision–making at all levels.
4. Experience of gathering, analysing and presenting economic data, using tools such as excel.
5. Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills and an ability to adapt your style to meet the needs of your audience.

Desirable Criteria
1. Experience of working with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
2. Some experience of leading a distinct analytical project or programme of work

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 Susan Pryde 01224 285152 or susan.pryde@fss.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Craig Wilson on 0131 244 4073 or via  craig.wilson@gov.scot.

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