SCDI is looking for a Policy Manager for an initial 12-month fixed-term contract, with continuation dependant on future funding.  To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Matt Lancashire (, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, by 12 noon on Friday 27 April 2018.

Department:  Policy & Public Affairs
Direct Line Manager: Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Direct Reports: None
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 + benefits

Main Purpose of Job:
•  To drive SCDI’s work in economic and public policy and research, embedding its values and reinforcing its reputation for thought leadership.
• To communicate effectively and strategically to members, stakeholders, politicians at a regional, Scottish national, UK and global level SCDI’s vital role in shaping a sustainable and prosperous Scotland.
• To deliver the policy and public affairs plan and objectives and contribute to the continuing success of SCDI.

Main Duties:
• Deliver SCDI’s policy and research work to influence Government policies and our members actions to encourage sustainable economic prosperity.
• Research, investigate and produce policy focussed papers for Government, members and other policy makers on a wide range of economic, business and related social subjects in which the SCDI has an economic and civic interest.
• Communicate effectively and strategically to members, stakeholders, politicians at regional, Scottish, UK and European levels SCDI’s policy positions to support the SCDI strategy.
• Identify opportunities and undertake research on a wide range of, business and related social subjects in which SCDI has an economic and civic interest.
• Support the creation, development and delivery of SCDI’s programme of policy conferences, events, workshops and membership activities to support SCDI’s policy objectives and contribute to revenues.
• Support the work of SCDI through researching, writing, contributing to, and/or delivering speeches at SCDI events and external policy events.
Skills, Knowledge, Experience:
• Educated to degree level, with excellent policy, research and communication skills and a deep understanding of the economic, civic and political landscape.
• A sound understanding and experience of policy formulation, and the capacity to develop SCDI’s capabilities in both qualitative and quantitative research.
• Ability to work constructively with policy makers and influencers, including politicians, SCDI members and stakeholders.
• Strong presentational skills and a clear, accurate and engaging writing style.
• Excellent planning, organisational and management skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and deliver quality outputs.

Complexity and Creativity:
• A strategic thinker, who can drive change and steer policy work and structures in new directions aligned with opportunities and priorities.
• Ability to understand, navigate and provide sound advice on complex, and often rapidly changing, economic and political issues and situations.
• Ability to balance short and long-term priorities – to think quickly and work accurately and concisely to tight deadlines, and to manage policy projects.

Judgement and Decisions:
• Maturity of judgement, energy, focus, commitment, diligence and the confidence to communicate clearly with internal and external audiences.
• A self-motivated team player who understands, can demonstrate commitment to and can take responsibility for developing SCDI’s mission and values.
• Flexibility and the ability to make decisions and work well under pressure.
• Creative, innovative and an ability to translate ideas into action.
Contacts / Communications:
• Internal - Board, senior management, team, SCDI members and stakeholders.
• External - Established network of senior contacts in policy, political and media circles. 

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