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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. Operating across half of Scotland, HIE is one of Europe’s most highly-regarded development agencies. 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.

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.



Location: Highlands and Islands
Salary: £51,631 - £60,755 
per annum, excellent benefits package

The objectives of Wave Energy Scotland 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 seeking to recruit a Senior Innovation Engineer who will have responsibility for the design and development of the WES innovation programme.   Reporting to the Managing Director, you will work with a team of technical staff to define and develop innovation programmes to support the WES strategy of developing cost competitive wave technology.  

You will be responsible for capturing the lessons learnt from past and future wave energy research and innovation programmes and for the collation, analysis and dissemination of this knowledge.

This is an exciting opportunity for a well-qualified and motivated individual to play a key role in ensuring the future success of WES.

It is essential that applicants have a strong technical background, as well as an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges associated with wave energy sector technology development and research processes.  
Excellent presentation and communication skills are required, along with flexibility to travel as necessary.   A current driving licence would be desirable.

Read the job description to find out more

If you are interested in being considered for this position,  please apply online

Reference: 606
Closing date: 24 July 2016

Interview date: 5 August 2016 - In Inverness



Based in Thurso
Salary £33,305 - £39,008 per annum, excellent benefits package
Fixed term contract for 2 years

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Development Manager who will work within our Caithness and Sutherland team.  In this key role you will help HIE to develop infrastructure, land and buildings to support its work in helping existing businesses and new businesses to grow in the area. Helping to develop land assets, master plan projects and renewable energy projects will also be part of the role. 

You will work with partners to ensure that infrastructure requirements are aligned and where appropriate, projects developed and implemented to deliver economic and community development impacts.  The post holder will also be required to provide input and support to future transformational or significant projects throughout the wider HIE region.

You will bring excellent project management and appraisal skills, the ability to lead negotiations with private and public sector partners at a senior level and a strong interest in economic and community development.  You will have a successful track record within infrastructure development or project management and a strong knowledge of the Highlands and Islands area and economy, in particular Caithness and Sutherland. 

Read the job description to find out more

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply online

Job reference: 600
Closing date: 6th July 2016
Interview date: 20th July 2016 in Thurso



Based in Inverness
Salary £21,080 - £23,633 per annum, excellent benefits package

We have an exciting opportunity for an HR Coordinator to join our Human Resources team.  You will be responsible for assisting and supporting the HR Manager and the wider HR team in the development and effective delivery of HR services to all areas of HIE. 

This is a pivotal role, where you will coordinate and administer HR transactional activity ensuring that a high quality, proactive, HR service is provided to employees and managers.

You will bring excellent customer service skills, the ability to use your own initiative and take a proactive approach as well as being a strong team player.  You will have experience of HR administration and bring strong IT skills, attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.  Facilitating recruitment exercises and developing HR processes and systems will also be part of this role.  HR/payroll coordination experience would be desirable.

Read the job description to find out more

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply online

Closing date:   10th July 2016
Interview date:  27th July 2016 in Inverness



HIE utilises ScotGrad to facilitate placements in the Highlands and Islands. 

To view current graduate placement opportunities in the Highlands and Islands click here.

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