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Assistant Analyst

Zero Waste Scotland are now looking to recruit to a number of new posts within its Business and Innovation Directorate. The organisation is going through a period of growth and transition and this is an exciting time to join us and be at the heart of pioneering analytical, research and evaluation work which supports our circular economy and net zero ambitions.

Our current business plan (available via our website) has a number of high priority commitments to deliver over the next 4 years that have been identified as pivotal to our ambition to transform and deliver where we can have the greatest environmental impact. We now require an expansion of our economic and analytical capabilities to support this.

As Assistant Analyst, you will play a key role in supporting Policy, Environmental and Research Analysts to progress projects that build the economic and environmental case for a more circular economy, as well as to develop the policies and regulations needed to accelerate this transition.

You will co-design, coordinate and help to deliver projects related to policy development, environmental analysis, evidence generation and/or evaluation, contributing to the wide range of topics on which Zero Waste Scotland is active. The role will involve evidence gathering, analysis, policy impact assessments, evaluation and the development and communication of useful insights. It will involve efficient project coordination and stakeholder relationship management.

As Assistant Analyst, you can expect real exposure to vital analysis work and building up your skills and knowledge in different analytical areas of focus. Depending on your strengths and experience, you will report to either the Government Policy Manager, Research & Analysis Manager, or Evaluation Manager. We are particularly interested in individuals who have a zest for and experience of environmental analysis who will play an integral role in supporting projects focused on this, conducting LSAs and environmental impacts assessments together with supporting the development of tools to track and map environmental impacts and contributing to policy consultation exercises in relation to environmental impacts.

The ideal candidate

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline or be able to demonstrate relevant specialist experience. You will have a strong background in one or more of the key analytical areas within the Directorate (policy, research & analysis, and evaluation), including experience of successful project management and managing external contractors.

With excellent verbal and written communication skills, you will be adept at influencing decision makers and presenting effectively to a variety of audiences. A team player, you will be able to work on your own initiative and show flexibility in order to respond to changing project priorities.

The following would be advantageous:

  • Industry, market and technical understanding of our policy areas (waste, resources, circular economy and net zero).
  • Experience of commissioning, leading or co-designing research and evaluation projects including interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience in proactively managing diverse and challenging stakeholders, partners, and customers to foster effective relationships and reach a successful outcome.

Salary and benefits 

The pay range is £36,115 - £41,260 (Grade F) and the successful candidate will be appointed to the starting point. 

Additional information

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.  

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.  

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our work is becoming ever more critical against a global backdrop of rising population, climate change and unprecedented pressure on the world’s land, water, energy and raw materials.   

We’re working to create a more circular economy where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. A large part of our work is helping individuals and businesses to become more resource efficient. This all contributes to the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy.   

We are funded by Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.  

Location:  Stirling / Flexible / Homebased working considered

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 hybrid and 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)

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 22nd October 2021.

To apply, please complete the relevant 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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