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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland. HIE’s unique integration of economic and community development is central to its success in generating sustainable economic growth in every part of the Highlands and Islands, particularly in fragile areas.

Aspiring to make a difference

We support employees in their work with businesses and communities to develop economic growth across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

HIE is an outward-looking, forward thinking, customer-focused organisation whose staff are empowered to use all their talents, skills and knowledge to build a successful and competitive region where more people want to live, work, study and invest.

HIE has administrative offices in Inverness, Benbecula and Auchtertyre as well as local area offices in Forres, Fort William, Thurso, Golspie, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stornoway, Lochgilphead and Portree.

To find out more about HIE and its operations, visit our about HIE section. You can also download a copy of our current Operating Plan and Annual Report.

Please note, we do not accept speculative CVs, or CVs sent in support of job applications. To apply for any live vacancies, please proceed through our online application process.



Based in Stornoway or Benbecula

Starting salary: £34,993 pro rata per annum, excellent benefits package

Maternity cover: 12 months

Full-time, 35 hours per week

We are looking for an experienced, proactive Senior Development Manager to join our Outer Hebrides area team.

Reporting to the Head of Strengthening Communities, in this interim role you will be responsible for helping achieve HIE's strategic priorities, particularly in building community capacity and confidence, enabling sustainable growth in the social economy, and empowering communities to acquire, manage and exploit community assets for community benefit.

You will also have an important role in ensuring that HIE plays an effective part in local Community Planning Partnerships in the Outer Hebrides, working with other community planning partners and communities to identify and address inequalities through the Locality Plans developed in individual areas.

To be credible in this role you will bring experience in community development and knowledge of local social enterprise and community activity.  You will also have strong project appraisal and management skills, with the ability to lead negotiations with private and public-sector agencies at senior level.

Strong financial analysis skills and the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines are also key requirements for this role.

Involvement in multi-agency/partner projects and a good knowledge of the Highlands and Islands area and economy, and in particular the Outer Hebrides is desirable.

To find out more about the role click here.

To apply click here.

Job reference: 848

Closing date: 17th February 2019

Interview date: 28th February 2019 - in Stornoway

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Rachel MacKenzie - Area Manager for the Outer Hebrides - or call 01463 383292.



Based in Lerwick

Starting salary: £27,559 per annum, excellent benefits package

Salary progression from £27,559 to £31,422 per annum

Full-time, 35 hours per week

We are looking for an experienced and proactive Account Manager to join our Shetland area team.

In this key role you will support a portfolio of businesses and social enterprises to help them increase their impact in the local economy.

You will bring excellent relationship building skills and a strong interest in economic development, couple with a successful track record of business development.

A good knowledge of the Shetland business community and the sectoral opportunities present within the area is essential.

To find out more about the role click here.

To apply click here.

Job reference: 844

Closing date: 24th February 2019

Interview date: 6th March 2019 - in Lerwick



Based in Edinburgh - other HIE office locations will also be considered

Starting salary: £42,397 per annum, excellent benefits package

Salary progression from £42,397 to £50,598 per annum

Fixed term: 18 months 

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has been established by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to support the development of wave energy technologies in Scotland.   As a Scottish Government funded initiative, Wave Energy Scotland has been tasked with bringing together the best engineering and academic minds to collaborate on innovative projects that will accelerate the development of wave technologies.

The objectives of WES recognise the significant value that has accrued to Scotland in the development of wave technology to date and the large global market that can be developed through further technological innovation.

WES is looking to recruit a Research Engineer who will join the Research and Innovation team, playing a key role in the development of the DTOceanPlus software tools.  Main activities will involve requirements definition, software tool development, coding, testing and verification, and support of the integration of many partners' software contributions into a coherent package.

Experience and knowledge of technology or software requirement definition and development will be required, along with the ability to collaborate closely with partners across Europe.  Experience of software coding is essential.

You will have a strong technical background, with a clear understanding of technology research, development and evaluation.  Direct experience within the ocean energy sector is advantageous.

You may also become involved in the future development of the WES programme and associated activities, therefore experience of operation in a public funding environment is desirable.

To find out more about the role click here.

To apply click here.

Job reference: 850

Closing date: 3rd March 2019

Interview date: 13th March 2019 - in Edinburgh



Based in Thurso

Starting salary: £34,993 per annum, excellent benefits package

Salary progression from £34,993 to £40,588 per annum

Fixed term: to 31st March 2022

We are looking for an experienced, proactive individual to take on the role of Manager for the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP)

The Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership is an informal partnership of the main bodies with an economic and socio-economic remit in the Caithness and North Sutherland area.  Its aim is to co-ordinate and lead the response to the socio-economic impacts associated with the decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear site.

The partners are HIE, The Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, Caithness Chamber of Commerce, The Scottish Government, Cavendish Dounreay Partnership and The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Reporting to HIE’s Area Manager for Caithness and Sutherland, in this management role you will work with CNSRP’s independent Chair and CNSRP partners to ensure the delivery of a programme of actions that will support new employment opportunities in the area, as well as ensuring that the work of CNSRP is widely understood amongst communities and with local, regional and national stakeholders.

To be credible in this role you will bring previous experience of working on multi-agency partner projects, and experience of liaising with and influencing a wide range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors.   Previous project management experience is also a requirement of the role.

You will have strong client relationship building skills, with the ability to analyse and review complex issues affecting an organisation, by weighing up conflicting opinions and reaching informed decisions.

You will also be a strong negotiator, able to lead on discussions with public and private sector partners at senior level.

Experience of working in key sectors relevant to the Highlands and Islands economy (e.g. engineering, technology, life sciences, tourism) is desirable.

To find out more about the role click here.

To apply click here.

Job reference: 852

Closing date: 20th February 2019

Interview date: 4th March 2019 - in Thurso


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