C1 - Senior 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 role 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.

What we expect from you:

You will be expected to function independently and take full responsibility for your work and that of your team(s). This will include keeping up-to-date with relevant developments concerning the policies you manage in a fast moving, constantly changing environment, building effective relationships to help you do so, and to produce and broker solutions for submission to senior staff and Ministers. You must be able to see ways to adapt precedents/principles, to work with complex ideas and arrive at evidence based decisions.

Typical tasks for these policy posts include: providing leadership and oversight of key projects, providing policy advice, leading development and delivery of policy, leading consultation. You will also be required to support senior colleagues in presenting, and often leading the dissemination of information to stakeholders.

We set out below the key tasks candidates will be expected to undertake, and the skills and experience required to do so effectively. Relevant experience in a policy development/delivery role would be ideal.

- Innovative Thinking
- Communication and Relationships
- Decision Making

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.


>b>Innovative Thinking

A Centenary pandemic raises issues we have never dealt with before. You will need initiative and originality to develop or modify existing systems or principles, or to tackle new, complex tasks where the course of action is not readily apparent. You will need an ability to analyse, interpret and understand large volumes of information, data and evidence from multiple (sometimes conflicting) sources, and spot where there are evidence gaps. You will want to coordinate and motivate different teams and stakeholders within your remit, and be resourceful in proposing and testing solutions.

Communication and Relationships

Communications skills are vital in these posts. You will be able to write well, quickly and with clarity have frequent contact with the Senior Civil Service, and be responsible for drafting clear, consistently high quality submissions and framing decisions for Scottish Ministers. You will have contact with other Government Departments and a range of external public sector organisations to discuss policy issues; negotiate; consult; and broker agreements, whilst maintaining relationships and service standards.

Decision Making

You will be directly involved in setting direction, planning the delivery of outcomes, taking a project approach to this work and managing resources accordingly. You will need to be comfortable in taking daily decisions around the management of policies, procedures and regulations, and show sound judgement around the kinds of decisions and circumstances which require senior and Ministerial input and clearance.


• 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!