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Policy Manager (13 months fixed term)

Starting salary: £48,513

Location: Hybrid

Closing date: 2 October 2022.  Interviews will be conducted shortly after this date.

Crown Estate Scotland has an exciting opportunity to join our team on a full-time fixed term basis.

As Policy Manager, you'll provide expertise and support in relation to policy, planning and consenting, and manage government, industry and stakeholder relations to support business delivery.

By joining the Crown Estate Scotland team, you’ll be surrounded by dedicated and talented individuals who are passionate about what they do, giving you the opportunity to learn and develop.  You’ll be working alongside like-minded individuals who are working towards achieving the shared goal of making Scotland a better place. 

About Us

We manage property – including buildings, land, coastline, and seabed – on behalf of people of Scotland. Our purpose is to invest in property, natural resources, and people to generate lasting value for Scotland. Our profits go to Scottish public spending.

We work in a way that:

  • Generates prosperity and value for all of Scotland;
  • Supports the growth of sustainable business and industry in Scottish seas and on the coast;
  • Makes places better for those who live, work and visit there;
  • Promotes sustainable ways of producing energy, food, and other products; and
  • Creates opportunities for people to use and benefit from the Scottish Crown Estate.

Our values of Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration and Commercialism help us to put our purpose into practice. They shape how we work, underpin our actions, and help to make Crown Estate Scotland a great place to work.

About the role

The successful candidate for this new role will work on an exciting range of activities including:

  • Providing advice on strategic policy, planning and consenting issues
  • Representing and promoting Crown Estate Scotland externally in a range of business, government, and third sector fora
  • Informing decisions on strategic research requirements and inputting into internal and external research projects
  • Building and managing relationships with a range of external stakeholders to ensure that Crown Estate Scotland’s business decisions are informed by their views.
  • Managing the development and implementation of Crown Estate Scotland policies to help drive delivery of our corporate plan.
  • Leading, reviewing and responding to consultations on emerging plans and policies in Scotland and the UK, managing risks and identifying opportunities for the business. 
  • Working with colleagues to build and strengthen relations with relevant parts of Scottish and UK Governments.
  • Managing the implementation of discrete projects, including monitoring budgets
  • Managing some internal processes associated with stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Leading on Crown Estate Scotland impact assessments
  • Leading on specific workstreams related to the Crown Estate Scotland’s climate change action plan.
  • Working with and managing third party suppliers.

The contractual working location of this role is our Edinburgh office.  However, we believe work is something you do, not a place you go to, and we're committed to supporting employees to work flexibly and in a way that suits their role and preferences. 

The starting salary will be £48,513 with potential for future progression and annual cost of living rises.  The maximum salary for this role is currently £59,195.  The role also benefits from 25 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days after four years’ service, plus 11.5 of public / privilege days.  Crown Estate Scotland operates a discretionary flexi-time scheme.  This role offers participation in the Civil Service pension scheme.  Contribution levels for the scheme are currently 5.45% employee contribution at the entry salary for this role whilst Crown Estate Scotland contribution levels are 27.9%.

At Crown Estate Scotland we believe that continuous learning and development helps us to do our best in work and build professional skills and expertise.  We offer a range of training opportunities delivered by external training providers and in-house experts and provide all employees with access to LinkedIn Learning.   We also support individuals to pay professional membership fees relevant to their roles and aim to support additional study and learning requests wherever possible. 

As well as helping you to develop professionally, we also support your personal development through our ‘Wellbeing Matters’ programme with its focus on four important pillars of wellbeing – physical, emotional, social, and financial. 

About You

Candidates for this role should have:

  • A passion for sustainable and reponsible business
  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. Marine Policy, Environmental Management or Environmental Economics.
  • A thorough understanding of the consenting framework for marine projects in Scotland and of the associated terrestrial planning and policy framework.
  • A thorough understanding of the offshore renewable energy industry and emerging low carbon technologies.
  • A good understanding of coastal / marine stakeholders in Scotland and the interactions of different marine users / industries and their impact on the environment.
  • At least three years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience in successful stakeholder engagement, reputation, and issues management, and of working with government bodies and external stakeholders,
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative solutions to policy and consenting issues
  • Experience of working in a commercial organisation.
  • Strong project management, organisational, and communication skills with ability to confidently persuade and influence others.
  • Experience of managing contract work / consultants to deliver on time and according to agreed budget.
  • Ability to distil complex information and present key pieces in a way that can be easily understood is required
  • Aptitude for problem solving and attention to detail.
  • Line management experience.
  • Excellent MS Office skills

To apply

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are applying for the role and how you think you are suited for the role to

We welcome requests to work on a job share basis.