Policy Advisers - Directorate for International Trade & Investment

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The Scottish Government

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£30,652 - £35,110

We are currently seeking applications for Policy Advisers to be based within the Directorate for International Trade & Investment, with offices based across Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are a permanent and pensionable appointments and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Directorate for International Trade & Investment (DITI) was established in 2018 to deliver the SG's increased ambition for internationalisation of the economy and to maximise the value of the food & drink sector. This means setting the policy direction on trade, capital & foreign direct investment, and food & drink sectoral policy in line with the PfG.

DITI works with others to deliver a Team Scotland approach: co-inventing, co-ordinating and championing policies and programmes to realise Scotland's trade & investment potential. DITI is one of a cluster of economic directorates, providing the platform to drive sustainable, inclusive economic growth and we also collaborate closely with the Directorate for External Affairs amongst others.

The Directorate is led by Richard Rollison, Director and is structured into four Divisions, as follows:

Trade & Inward Investment Delivery Division – Aims to enable more Scottish businesses to export more goods and services to more markets and secure greater foreign direct investment for Scotland.

Trade Policy Division – Aims to provide expert trade policy analysis which represents Scottish business and consumer interests, and aims to effect policy change which increases Scottish trade and investment flows.

Food & Drink Divison - Aims to deliver strategies and policies to drive growth in value across the food and drink sectors.

Investment Division – Leads our shareholder relationship with the Scottish National Investment Bank. It also leads on our relationship with the wider finance system to increase the flow of private investment into the areas of the economy that create the greatest social and environmental benefits as set out in the 2021 Capital Investment Plan.


We are recruiting for potentially up to six B2 policy adviser posts across all areas of the Directorate.

In addition, we expect further B2 vacancies to arise in other areas of the Directorate so a reserve list of candidates will be held for nine months.

Qualifications Required

For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these or relevant experience may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex messages to a range of audiences.
2. Evidence of effective engagement with a range of stakeholders on complex issues to deliver outcomes.
3. Ability to understand a range of information, and making appropriate use of evidence, to inform policy.
4. Experience of balancing priorities and managing projects to a successful conclusion.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below.

To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Darren Dickson at darren.dickson@gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


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