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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: Lochgiphead
Salary £26,756 - £30,507 per annum, excellent benefits package

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

Reporting directly to the Head of Strengthening Communities, in this key role you will contribute to the development of a vibrant and sustainable social enterprise sector in Argyll and the Islands.

You will engage with a variety of partners and stakeholders, both local and national, to enable the delivery of projects and activities that offer sustainable social and economic impacts.

A good knowledge of local social enterprise and community activity is essential.  You will also possess strong financial and project appraisal skills as well as being able to establish and develop effective working relationships.

Experience of supporting social enterprise growth activity is desirable.

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

Job reference:  774
Closing date:  6th May 2018
Interview date: 16th May 2018- in Lochgilphead



Location: Thurso
Salary: £16,208 per annum, excellent benefits package

HIE has an exciting opportunity for a Modern Apprentice to join our Thurso office.

As a HIE Modern Apprentice you can earn while you learn and still gain a professional qualification by the end of the programme. 

This role provides the opportunity to gain administrative experience while undertaking workplace training to gain a Level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Business and Administration.

To be successful in this role you will need excellent communication skills as you will be liaising with staff across HIE.  The post holder will provide a wide range of administrative and project support to the Thurso Area Team which will include assisting with all aspects relating to client funding claims, management and reporting, supporting procurement processes, organising meetings and events and providing secretarial support to the Area Manager. 

Candidates should have an understanding of the office environment and administrative tasks required, and have the ability to use a variety of IT systems and software. 

Understanding of good customer service, strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential for this role.
This post is fixed term for 18 months with the potential for extension following successful completion of the Modern Apprenticeship/SVQ.

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

Job reference:  776
Closing date:  30th April 2018
Interview date: 10th May 2018 - in Thurso



Board members for Highlands and Islands Enterprise

People with a wide range of skills and experience in business and community development are being invited to apply to join the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The region’s development agency is looking for three new non-executive directors to fill positions that will become vacant at the start of July.

Each appointment will be for three years. 

Full details, including an application pack, are available on the Public Appointments Scotland website, click here.



Location: Inverness, Fort William, Golspie, Portree, Auchtertyre or Thurso
Salary £26,756 - £30,507 per annum, excellent benefits package
Fixed term to 31st December 2020

We have an exciting opportunity for a Development Manager to join the Northern Innovation Hub Project Team.

The Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) is a broad programme of support for business innovation in the Highland Council area that has been developed as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal. 

As the Development Manager for the Technology projects, you will be responsible for running the Technology Placement Programme (TPP) as well as project management of the Coding Academy.

Further details of both projects can be found within the Job Description.

To be credible in this role you will have project and financial management experience, as well as experience supporting and engaging with businesses and working with multiple funders to deliver initiatives.

Experience in contract management is desirable, as is prior knowledge of technology and innovation and its impact on businesses.

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

Job reference:  770
Closing date:  25th April 2018
Interview date: 4th May 2018 – in Inverness



Location: Thurso
£26,756- £30,507 pro-rata per annum, excellent benefits package
Maternity cover – 12 months

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Account Manager.  In this key interim role you will work as part of the Caithness and Sutherland area team in our Thurso office, supporting a portfolio of businesses to help them increase their impact in the local economy.

To be credible in this role you will bring relationship building skills, a strong interest in economic development and previous relevant business experience or technical skills, e.g. business start-up and business development.

A strong knowledge of the Caithness and Sutherland business community and the sectoral opportunities present within the area is essential.

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

Job reference: 772
Closing date: 29th April 2018
Interview date: 10th May 2018 - in Thurso


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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