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Senior Policy Officer, Research & Innovation (maternity cover)

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic team member to join our Research and Innovation directorate as Senior Policy Officer, Research and Innovation for up to 12 months to provide maternity cover for the current post-holder. Applications for secondment are welcome.

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(E3 Grade) £42,090 to £48,996

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority. Our ambition is to make Scotland an outstanding place to learn, educate, research and innovate – now and for the future. So, naturally, we have a clear focus on recruiting the best people and developing them throughout their career.

We invest around £2 billion every year, and our funding enables colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

We’re not only looking for the best people to come and work for us, but also people who will connect with our guiding principles which include working in partnership, championing diversity and supporting sustainability for future generations.

To succeed in this role you will be experienced in policy development, stakeholder engagement and influencing in a complex political environment.

You will use your interpersonal and communication skills to good effect to influence, negotiate and manage relationships with a diverse range of people and to work well and with impact as part of your team. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to analyse, understand and respond to complex issues with good judgement. You will have well developed organisational and project management skills, enabling to you to deliver high quality and effective outputs and manage a diverse workload.

While this role is based in our Edinburgh office, our hybrid working policy means there is substantial opportunity to work from home most of the time. We also understand the value of flexible working and we will be happy to consider flexible working arrangements for this position.

SFC is a friendly welcoming team and believes it is at its best when its work is informed by different perspectives. We are therefore keen to receive applications from talented individuals from all walks of life. Applications from those with disabilities and from minority ethnic communities are encouraged.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20 September 2023.

How to apply

Please see the Candidate Pack [PDF] for full details on how to apply.

SFC Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

SFC attaches importance to equality and diversity and where possible work to create an environment that provides equality of opportunity for all individuals. Please complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form [DOC] (also available in PDF) and return it with your application. This information will help us to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity Policy.


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