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We are looking to recruit an Economist to provide high-quality economic analysis and advice to Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government, supporting the development of policies and projects related to the circular economy.

This is a brilliant opportunity for someone who is passionate about tackling economic, environmental, and social challenges. You will be keen to identify and develop new opportunities to apply your skills in economics to solve the challenges we face in bringing about a circular economy in Scotland.

Reporting to the Research & Analysis Manager, you will work with colleagues across the business as well as external stakeholders, bringing an economics perspective to questions around the transition to a circular economy and net zero.  You will help to lead on the delivery of behavioural insights and economic analysis, research and support, working effectively alongside other professionals in a multidisciplinary environment and providing specialist advice at all levels across the business. Key elements of the role include:

  • Undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of circular economy projects, including policy impact assessments (conducted on behalf of the Scottish Government)
  • Providing well-researched policy briefings to senior leaders and the Scottish Government on economic and market analysis issues relating to Zero Waste Scotland programmes
  • Supporting the strategic and tactical planning of programmes
  • Commissioning and managing consultancy projects
  • Taking the initiative in suggesting ways to strengthen the quality of our economic analysis
  • Building strong relationships with external stakeholders in government, industry, think-tanks and other relevant bodies

The ideal candidate

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant economic discipline with demonstrable experience in macro and micro economic analysis, in particular cost-benefit analysis of policy options, evaluation of environmental impacts and analysis of markets with sparse/poor quality data. Relevant experience in specifying, commissioning and managing research projects, both in-house and using external consultants is also a must, together with good communication skills and a natural ability to work across different teams and disciplines.

General knowledge of the economics of resource efficiency and environmental issues would prove advantageous.

Salary and benefits 

The pay range is £42,135 - £46,817 (Grade E) 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 attached candidate requirements form and send this with a copy of your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@zerowastescotland.org.uk  by the closing date/time noted.

No agencies thank you.

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