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Research 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. 

You will provide expert analytical and research support and advice colleagues across Zero Waste Scotland, as well as key partners and sponsors, to enable them to develop their work effectively through robust research and insights, and to monitor progress against targets.

Reporting to either the Research & Analysis Manager or the Evaluation Manager, this role includes leading on both in-house and externally commissioned research and evaluation projects. You will provide support to a wide range of Zero Waste Scotland programmes, from business resource efficiency to consumer behaviour change or policy scoping and assessment.

The ideal candidate

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a discipline involving numerical skills or research methods, along with experience of carrying out research and evidence gathering including conducting research projects or interdependent packages of research work in transferable contexts An experienced analyst, you will be highly competent at applying quantitative, qualitative and research methods to solving real-world challenges, as well as having an understanding of project and programme evaluation. You will have strong written and spoken communication skills, with the proven ability to convey complex ideas to a non-specialist audience to achieve impact. You will be a team player and able to collaborate and communicate well with colleagues and stakeholders, including those at a senior level.

Having experience of mixed methods across disciplines, or experience of specialist research, statistical or visualisation techniques would be 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 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@zerowastecsotland.org.uk

No agencies thank you.  



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