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Policy 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. 

This is an exciting time to join a growing community of analysts, working closely with economists, environmental analysts and colleagues across the business to address some of today’s most pressing societal challenges. You will bring a passion for the circular economy and an ability for rigorous analysis and strong communication of complex ideas. 

Reporting to the Government Policy Manager, you will take a lead role in in defining, evidencing and implementing our policy work to advance Scotland’s circular economy and progress to net zero.

You will co-design relevant research and analysis, drawing on international best practice and collaborating with economists, environmental analysts and other colleagues, and translate this into advice to Zero Waste Scotland and our sponsors (primarily Scottish Government). The role will also build the case for high-impact policies by developing excellent relationships with government and other stakeholders.

The ideal candidate

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with strong industry, market and technical understanding of one or more of our core policy areas (circular economy, resources, waste and net zero) and a successful track record in managing projects and external contractors in this area of expertise. You will be experienced and highly competent at achieving evidence-based policy impact through consultations, briefings and research reports, as well as liaising with political institutions and decision-making processes. With excellent communications you will have an innate ability to foster strong and positive relationships with key stakeholders in government other external bodies and across the business.

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 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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