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Planning: temporary graduate placements

Published: 10 Aug 2016

Apply for one of three short-term temporary graduate posts within Planning and Architecture Division.

We are looking to recruit three short-term temporary graduate posts within Planning and Architecture Division (PAD), based at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

The paid posts will be for six months from September 2016 and will provide the opportunity for recent planning graduates to gain valuable experience by contributing to a variety of work within the Division. The salary will be approximately £23,000 per-annum.

Please note a Disclosure Scotland certificate will have to be obtained and paid for by the successful applicants. The cost of a basic disclosure certificate is currently £25.

The posts will be predominantly based in PAD's Planning Review Hub team although there will be opportunities to support the wider Division. For further information on these vacancies, please contact Jennifer Jackson on 0131 244 9191 or

To apply for this post, please complete the associated application form and submit to by 24 August 2016.

The closing date for applications is 24 August 2016.

National Outcomes

These vacancies contribute towards the Scottish Government National Outcomes: 

  • we live in well-designed, sustainable places where we are able to access the amenities and services we need
  • we value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations
  • we live in a Scotland that is the most attractive place for doing business in Europe.

Job Description

The graduates will support the programme of planning reform work focusing on the six key themes addressed by the Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System; development planning; housing delivery; planning for infrastructure; development management; leadership, resourcing and skills; and community engagement. The posts will offer opportunity to provide professional support to the theme co-ordinators, working groups and theme managers. The role will involve engagement with a range of stakeholders, including internal colleagues across Scottish Government and external stakeholders, such as planning authorities, developers, agents and members of the public.

The main duties are: 

  • preparing background information and research to inform the programme of work, including collating and presenting statistical data, evidence, policy perspectives and wider research 
  • engaging with key team members and working group participants, assisting with the gathering of views, collating responses and preparing analysis 
  • preparing written advice and briefing to Ministers 
  • co-ordinating and preparing responses to parliamentary questions, Ministerial correspondence, requests for information and general enquiries

Person Specification

Candidates should demonstrate the following key competencies:

  1. Engagement: An ability to engage credibly with internal and external stakeholders and considering and communicating the potential impacts of decisions.
  2. Analysis & Use of Evidence: An ability to assess and evaluate information from a range of sources, sharing the knowledge and information with others and using it to inform decision making.
  3. Improving Performance: An ability to consider different viewpoints and their contribution to achieving objectives.

Essential Criteria 

  • graduated from a degree course accredited with the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • good interpersonal skills to engage confidently with people at all levels
  • able to work on own initiative whilst contributing effectively to the work of the team
  • able to adapt quickly to changing priorities and deal with competing tasks to tight deadlines
  • ability to organise and manage workload

Desirable Criteria 

  • working towards professional accreditation with the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • experience of following procedures and guidance
  • good working knowledge of corporate IT systems

application form.docx




Jennifer Jackson Telephone: 0131 244 9191

Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

10 Aug 2016
Planning: temporary graduate placements