B3 - Policy Manager


Edinburgh, Glasgow


About the job


We are looking to bring in a number of high calibre individuals with a track record of success in leadership roles to support the Scottish Government’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The work of government is hugely varied, and increasingly complex. Our people need to have sound judgement, and be able to operate at pace to define and communicate clear and deliverable policy options which have the greatest positive impact on national health, economy and wellbeing.


Job description

To be successful in these roles you will be pro-active, self-motivated and be able to quickly get up to speed with new topics and the demands of the role. You must have the flexibility and willingness to integrate with or move between existing team functions to add support where it is most needed.

These posts have been created as a part of the response to this unprecedented pandemic in the recently formed COVID Public Health Directorate. These are exciting, fast-paced and rewarding posts which will be central to protecting lives in responding to this novel virus which will be a part of the lives of the people of Scotland for some time to come, as well as offering opportunities to develop policy in response to a new issue that has high Ministerial scrutiny and may evolve over time.

These posts will provide an opportunity to develop and deliver policy that will have a direct bearing on the people of Scotland in both ensuring health outcomes but also enabling society and the economy to flourish. This will be demanding and fulfilling work and as a Directorate we will all be guided by the Scottish Government values, in particular that we treat people with kindness, dignity and compassion.

The policy work contributes to several national outcomes:

- Grow up loved, safe and respected so that people realise their full potential;
- Live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe are healthy and active; &
- Respect, protect and fulfill human rights and live free from discrimination

Main Duties

- Manage and develop policy in key areas of the Covid-19 response, using evidence and drawing on scientific, clinical or specialist expertise as appropriate;

- Provide high quality advice, and briefing to Ministers, often at short notice to tight timelines

- Initiate, develop and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders

- Proactively identify and address risks and opportunities within the policy area

- Providing line management and support to junior colleagues

Working for Scottish Government

The Scottish Government lies at the centre of Scotland’s network of public services and institutions, working to make Scotland a more successful country and a better place to live. The Scottish Government has a distinctive way of delivering policy and public services. This has become known as the Scottish Approach and is focused on the realisation of national performance outcomes as expressed in the National Performance Framework. This has at its heart a core Purpose which aims to:

- Create a more successful country
- Give opportunities to all people living in Scotland
- Increase the wellbeing of people living in Scotland
- Create sustainable and inclusive growth
- Reduce inequalities and give equal importance to economic, environmental and social progress

Guided by values to:

- Treat all our people with kindness, dignity and compassion
- Respect the rule of law
- Act in an open and transparent way

Our Values
As Civil Servants we’re politically impartial and serve the government of the day in line with the civil service code. Our core values are:

Integrity – putting the obligations of public service above personal interests.
Honesty – being truthful and open.
Objectivity – basing advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence.
Impartiality – acting solely according to the merits of the case and serving governments of different political parties equally well.


Essential Criteria

- Ability to work autonomously, delivering challenging objectives in a fast-paced, high profile, politically sensitive environment

- Experience of working to develop policy collaboratively with partners and stakeholders in sometimes challenging circumstances.

- The ability to work effectively as part of a team to deliver challenging objectives in a fast-paced, high profile, politically sensitive environment

- Excellent oral and written communication skills


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Apply today!