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Director of Strategy & Performance


Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Strategy & Performance at Scottish Enterprise.

At Scottish Enterprise, our purpose is to support businesses to innovate and scale to transform the economy.

The next five to ten years will be a defining time for our economy. In the face of global opportunities and challenges, and constrained public finances, it’s more important than ever that we focus on where we can make the biggest impact in delivering the ambition set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET). Scottish Enterprise must be laser-focused on the high growth opportunities where Scotland’s companies are best placed to compete internationally, as well as strengthening our underlying performance in important areas critical to driving our future competitiveness.

As Director of Strategy & Performance, you will have a major role at the heart of this activity, directing our strategy and leading strategic engagement and the measurement of our performance and ambitions as they are fulfilled.

We are committed to the principles of net zero and fair work, indeed this underpins everything we do. To leverage the transformational opportunities facing Scotland we are prioritising our work around three missions:

  • Developing an internationally competitive energy transition industry in Scotland that benefits the wider economy.
  • Scaling the impact of Scotland’s innovation strengths into high growth industries of the future.
  • Driving up levels of capital investment to deliver a step-change in Scotland’s productivity performance, leading to more jobs with higher value.

Scottish Enterprise also needs to change and we are refocusing our leadership, our people, our support to companies and our international networks to ensure we are fully focused on these transformational opportunities that can deliver a more successful, greener and fairer Scotland. With your ambition for Scottish Enterprise and your passion about our purpose and our future you will have an integral role in refocusing our efforts to realise these opportunities.

The most crucial levers for economic development can also be the most challenging to harness. New technologies and business models are shifting economic growth to new sectors. Rising levels of inequality and increasing competition for foreign investment are adding complexity—and urgency—to achieving sustainable economic growth and well-being. Your excellent communication skills and high quality standards will be indispensable to the organisation, as will your ability to engage with the granular detail of our operations.

Our people are critical to our success. Their unique skills, experience and expertise will enable us to deliver our ambitions and priorities and drive transformational change in Scotland’s economy. Our recently launched People Strategy places an emphasis on performance and productivity, future skills and an inclusive workforce to drive a culture that is impactful, ambitious and dynamic.

We hope you are excited about this opportunity to join our team.