Inverness, Highland (GB)
£46,424 - £55,275
17 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Scottish Land Commission

Salary Range - £46,424 - £55,275

This new role as part of the newly established Scottish Land Commission (the Commission), is an opportunity for the Head of Policy and Research – Land, to support the Commissioners and the Chief Executive to establish the working profile of the Commission across a range of different sectors across Scotland.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, this role provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the establishment and on-going development of a high profile body in what will be a highly political landscape. 

The Commission is one of the first parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act, 2016 to be implemented and will be operational from 1 April 2017.  The Commission will be located at Longman House in Inverness and this role will involve some travel within Scotland.

Within the Commission there will be five Land Commissioners and one Tenant Farming Commissioner, all of whom have been appointed. The Land Commissioners and the Tenant Farming Commissioner will have distinct functions but the body as whole will support all functions, and all Commissioners will work jointly to set the strategic direction of the body. The Chief Executive will work closely with all Commissioners to develop the direction of the organisation and plan the body’s operational delivery targets.

The Commission has Non Departmental Public Body status and the terms, conditions and pension arrangements are analogous to those in the Civil Service.

The Role

The Head of Policy and Research - Land will: work flexibly with colleagues to ensure the Commission meets or exceeds the targets within its Strategic Plan and Programme of Work as a member of the senior management team the successful candidate will continue to identify improvements in ways of working, both within the Commission and with partner organisations and be comfortable working on their own initiative to support the Commission through on-going stakeholder and political engagement.

This will be achieved by: developing a programme of research to deliver the priorities set out in the interim Corporate Plan and the Strategic Plan; commission and prepare studies, including baseline and long term trend studies; inform the evidence base for future work of the Commission; develop new research methodologies to support the above and interpret the policy and wider implications of research results.     

The Person

The successful candidate will possess experience of working with high-profile individuals in a policy or political context and possess a breadth of relevant experience spanning both rural and urban contexts.  Someone who has a keen interest in, and understanding of, land reform with excellent leadership skills with a proven track record of building and maintaining a confident team to work constructively with both internal and external partners across a broad range of sectors.  In addition, the successful candidate will possess excellent research, analytical and evaluation skills in relevant disciplines, with a proven ability to commission, design and manage robust research projects within a specific budget.   Knowledge of Gaelic/Gaidhlig would be an advantage.

Application Information

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Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday, 7 April, 2017

Interviews will be held in Inverness in April 2017