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Policy Manager

Scottish Council for Development and Industry

Policy Manager


Hybrid/remote – flexible working + generous pension contribution

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that has for over nine decades been representing the private, public and social economy sectors. SCDI works to influence and inspire key stakeholders to create sustainable economic growth for everyone in Scotland.

SCDI has always aimed to evolve in line with new challenges and themes which emerge in Scotland.  Our constant across the years is that we always aim to inspire insightful conversations and to bring forward innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing challenges and unlocking opportunities to ensure Scotland achieves its full economic potential for the benefit of all. We are currently transforming as an organisation and undertaking a brand refresh, which retains all of our strengths of the past, and are excited about the future opportunities ahead of us.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the team for a dynamic, experienced, policy focused, and people minded individual to join as Policy Manager to support and develop the delivery of SCDI’s policy and public affairs plan for the coming years. If you are curious about how and why things are the way they are and keen to make a change for the better we are keen to hear from you.

The Role

A key member of the team delivering policy work from reports to consultation responses and working directly to the Head of Policy. The Policy Manager supports SCDI’s research and policy work, embedding its values and reinforcing its reputation for thought leadership. You will communicate effectively and strategically to members, stakeholders and politicians at a regional, Scottish, UK and global level SCDI’s vital role in shaping a sustainable and prosperous Scotland. Recent work has spanned areas including net zero/natural capital, data/digital, rural challenges, industrial strategy, innovation and exporting.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll be a strategic thinker with experience of driving policy changes within a membership environment with a commercial focus. Time management and a key ability to provide judgement and expertise on policy issues is crucial. You will have managed complex stakeholder relationships and worked closely with various partners across SCDI’s areas of interest. Ultimately, you will have a passion for the themes associated with development and a sustainable growth mindset.

For further details on the person specification, please find details within our microsite –

If you would like to discuss this role, please get in contact with Kate Kennedy at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications – Friday 15th September 2023

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter as one document via the apply button.