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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.

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.



Location: Orkney
£26,756 - £30,507 per annum, excellent benefits package

We have an exciting opportunity for an Account Manager to join our Orkney area team,
Based in our area office in Kirkwall and reporting to the Head of Business Growth, you will be working directly with the business community and partners on a wide range of projects to support economic growth.
The post-holder will bring strong relationship building skills and a client centred approach, along with a strong interest in business development.

You will also have proven report writing and financial accounting skills as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills.

To find out more click here.  To apply click here.

Job reference:  756
Closing date:  7th March 2018
Interview date: 14th March 2018 - in Kirkwall



Location: Inverness
Salary: £52,669 - £61,977 per annum, excellent benefits package

We have an exciting opportunity for a Regional Head of Innovation, Technology and Advanced Engineering to join the senior management team within our Business and Sector Development directorate.
Reporting to the Director of Business and Sector Development, this is a key role, bringing senior management leadership and capacity to all aspects of HIE's technology and innovation agenda. 

The post-holder will work collaboratively with partners, e.g. Innovate UK, Scottish Innovation Centres, businesses and stakeholders to ensure growth in the regional economy by the increased use of innovation and technology.

To be credible in this role you will have a proven track record in operating at senior management level to deliver significant business growth, using entrepreneurial flair and creativity.  Experience of leading a team and operating at a strategic level is also essential, as is experience of working with Scottish Government at senior level.

You will also have relevant business experience or technical skills, e.g. commercial development, business start-up, business development, business funding, innovation, specific industry or sector experience.

A proven track record in managing budgets of several £million over a number of years is also essential.

To find out more click here.  To apply click here

Job reference:  754
Closing date:  25th March 2018
Interview date: 10th April 2018 - in Inverness


Location: Lochgilphead
Salary: £33,974 - £39,792 per annum, excellent benefits package

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Development Manager to join our Argyll and the Islands area team.

Reporting to the Head of Strengthening Communities, you will play a key role in the area team in developing a diverse and sustainable social enterprise sector in the Argyll and the Islands.  You will engage at senior level with partners and stakeholders, both local and national, to enable the delivery of projects and activities that offer sustainable social and economic impacts.
Supporting clients to manage and deliver large and often complex capital projects with multiple funders will be a key aspect of this role.  It will require the post-holder to be proactive in bringing together key funders from the private, public and third sector.

You will have proven experience in project management and appraisal, including detailed financial analysis, as well as knowledge of local social enterprise and community activity.
The ability to establish and develop effective working relationships, both internal and external is essential and you will also utilise your strong communication skills to engage with and influence stakeholders across the public, private and third sector.
Experience of supporting social enterprise growth activity is desirable, as is involvement in multi-agency/partner projects.

To find out more click here.  To apply click here.

Job reference: 750
Closing date: 25th February 2018
Interview date: 12th March 2018 - In Lochgilphead



Location: Flexible
Salary: £52,669 - £61,977 per annum, with an excellent benefits package

We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Planning and Partnerships to join the senior management team within our Regional Development directorate.

This is a key senior leadership role within HIE, providing strategic advice and policy guidance on a wide range of economic development issues to HIE's senior management and board, taking a lead role on providing HIE's contributions to national policy and regularly representing HIE at a senior level on a number of national groupings.

The post provides leadership to a multi-disciplinary team responsible for a wide range of activities including economic and data analysis, planning, policy, research, management of EU funds and performance measurement.

The post-holder will have a vital role in developing, shaping and influencing strategic relationships with key partners, for example Scottish Government, partner agencies (particularly those within the Enterprise and Skills System) and relevant national bodies.

To be credible in this role you will have a proven track record in operating at senior management level, developing effective public/private partnerships.  In-depth knowledge of the Scottish and Highlands and Islands economy and key sectors is also essential.

You will also have proven experience in effective risk assessment and management.  Prior experience of policy development at European and national level is also required.

To find out more click here.  To apply click here.

Job reference: 748
Closing date: 8th March 2018
Interview date: 20th March 2018- in Inverness


Other ScotGrad placement opportunities

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

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

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




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