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14 Queen Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1JE
£29,513 - £40,079 per year
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Full Time
35 hours per week


Enterprise and Economic Growth - Economic Development

Economic Development Officer (2 posts)

35 hours per week
£29,513 - £32,177 / £32,561 - £35,626 / £36,119 - £40,079 (including Distant Islands Allowance) depending on qualifications and experience

This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive contribution to Orkney’s economy and business community at a time of great challenge. We have vacancies for two Economic Development Officers who will enable the Economic Development team to progress its activities in the areas of business support, key sector development, project implementation and research into new development opportunities which will make a significant contribution to the economic development activities of the Council.

If you relish the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the community then this role could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. We are also offering these posts with a development option and so if you have all the required experience and are ready to hit the ground running then great, but if you need to further develop skills and experience in some areas then this job could still be for you.

The minimum knowledge required for this role can be evidenced by either:
• Holding a qualification at SCQF 6/7 i.e., SVQ3, National Certificate, Foundation Apprenticeship, Advanced Higher, Scottish Baccalaureate, HNC, Certificate of Higher Education OR having a minimum of 3 years previous relevant experience, for example working either in a public sector agency promoting economic development or within the private sector with pertinent knowledge of SMEs and support for the business community.

The successful applicant will be placed on the salary range according to relevant qualifications and experience.

The Orkney economy continues to face considerable challenges and the Council plays a vital role in the development of value-adding activities that support the various offers of products and services from its key business sectors. Enabling development and growth of the diverse business base in Orkney and working in partnership with other public agencies to support sustainable economic growth are core to the role.

You should be an articulate and persuasive communicator with good interpersonal and negotiating skills and have the ability to relate well with others. We are looking for someone with a strong commitment to team working but who can also take the lead on projects/work using their own initiative.
A self-motivator with the ability to produce high quality work consistently to meet strict deadlines when under pressures will be essential qualities for the postholder.

Working knowledge of IT applications, particularly in relation to Microsoft Office is essential.

You should be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

This post is subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Prospective applicants are invited to discuss the post by contacting Stuart Allison, Service Manager Economic Development on 01856 873535 or email: 

Closing Date: Sunday 26 February 2023

Please note that interview expenses are not payable for this post.