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Government Policy Manager


Do you want a role shaping the policy of the future? 

As part of our growing ambition Zero Waste Scotland is looking to recruit an energetic, proactive, and skilled policy professional into the Business Development and Innovation Directorate to help us inform the circular economy policy agenda and contribute our expertise and insight to debates about the future.  

You will have a passion for the potential of the circular economy to deliver environmental, social and economic opportunities in Scotland.  You will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, on your own initiative, as well as leading a collaborative and dynamic team. You will have excellent knowledge of policy development and legislative processes and the ability to use evidence and problem-solving skills to develop creative policy approaches; and excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You will have a deep understanding of policy and government affairs work, the ability to write policy, a commercial and strategic mindset, an excitement for the things that are happening in our sector, as well as an ambition for personal growth. This role will lead on Government Policy with the aim of acting as a critical link, connecting the Scottish Government with Zero Waste Scotland’s research, and connecting Zero Waste Scotland with policymakers needs and expectation. 

If you are a confident and persuasive communicator with the skills to deliver impactful analysis aimed at both members of the public and policymakers and ready to be at the heart of pioneering analytical, research and evaluation works which supports our circular economy and net zero ambitions, we would love to hear from you. So please come and join us and be part of a global community where you can connect with peers, grow your own experience, and be a leader in the topics that drive you.  

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.  

Salary and benefits   

In return we offer a highly competitive salary with attractive benefits that we are confident will attract the remarkable talent we are looking for. (Grade D).  

We offer excellent benefits; including a contributory pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance, employee welfare assistance, 30 days annual leave + 8 public holidays, enhanced family leave entitlements, continued professional development (CPD) and volunteering opportunities.   

Location:  Stirling 

This role is based in our Stirling office located next to Stirling railway station and is conveniently accessed from across central Scotland.  We are leading by example in reducing our carbon footprint by embracing permanent home working and actively encourage this for colleagues where practicable.  There will be times for business needs that you are required to attend the office or a client location (normally within the Central Belt of Scotland) and therefore must live within commutable distance of Stirling. 

Our organisation 

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.  Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.   

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.  

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Wednesday 11th May 2022.

If you would like to have an informal chat about this opportunity, please contact Sarahjane.widdowson@zerowastescotland.org.uk 

To apply, please complete the candidate requirements form (this can be found on our website along with the role description) and send this with a cover letter and a copy of your CV to  recruitment@zerowastescotland.org.uk  

No agencies thank you.  

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