Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Regional Development Manager – Caithness and Sutherland, Thurso or Golspie (other HIE locations will be considered), Hybrid working

Full Time, permanent, 35 hours per week

Salary:  £31,611 per annum. Potential salary progression to £36,043 per annum. 

Position overview

In the role of Regional Development Manager, you will work with colleagues in the Caithness and Sutherland area team and other colleagues across HIE, including our Enterprise Support directorate, to ensure effective project management of our involvement in key areas of work such as Space, Offshore Wind, Population and Community Planning. You will also work with colleagues on HIE’s property and infrastructure portfolio in Caithness and Sutherland.  You will manage and develop relationships and ensure the delivery of successful outcomes through public and private collaborations.

Aspects of this role will require the post-holder to represent HIE at external meetings and events and engage in the delivery of joint projects with a variety of partners. A key part of this role will be to bring fresh thinking to HIE’s work in this field and make a positive contribution to HIE’s continuous development as a progressive organisation where staff are empowered to use their full potential to benefit Scotland’s economy. This is in line with our people values.

Key responsibilities

The following list of key responsibilities reflects the range and variety of tasks that may be undertaken, the make-up of which will vary over time:
▪ Work with HIE Caithness and Sutherland Area Team colleagues and local/ regional partners in key areas of opportunity such as Space, Offshore Wind, and Population retention/ growth.
▪ Actively identify new areas of growth and pursue these opportunities.
▪ Provide proactive and innovative management of HIE’s property portfolio in Caithness and Sutherland, working with colleagues across HIE’s Enterprise Support directorate, and professional
▪ Contribute to HIE’s input to a series of partnerships in areas such as Community Planning and regional Growth deals.
▪ Actively contribute to the achievements of HIE’s regional development strategic objectives, as well as providing impact across area teams and the wider Highlands and Islands economy.
▪ Act as a conduit to and from the client, bringing fresh insight to help deliver business advantage. There will be a particular focus on Fair Work and the transition to Net Zero.
▪ Promote collaboration across the Enterprise Support Directorate to support development of client growth ensuring strong linkage between regional and national priorities. This may include forming or supporting cross/multi-agency account teams, involving, for example, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Skills Development Scotland.
▪ Create and maintain influential and effective networks by nurturing key relationships within relevant sectors, industry groupings or professions.
▪ Ensure the highest standards of project appraisal and compliance, organising management information to enable accurate and informed decision making. Oversee and monitor specific budget commitment for area projects, focusing also on spend and reporting to the Area manager.
▪ Promoting a climate of accountability, openness, collaboration and innovation.
▪ Ensuring compliance with all aspects of HIE governance, including risk management, handling conflicts of interest, and ensuring HIE’s audit and compliance requirement are met.
▪ Ensuring optimum use of internal management systems.
▪ Taking responsibility for own learning and development, keep continuous professional development (CPD) records up to date.



• Qualifications in a relevant discipline or skills and work experience at SCQF Level 9 (e.g. Degree, Graduate Diploma)

Work experience

• Experience of working in economic development and/ or strategy development and implementation
• Experience of stakeholder management and partnership working
• Experience of working in an environment with high standards of governance and accountability
• Experience of working as part of a team but also ability to work on own initiative

Skills and abilities

• Relevant business, financial or technical skills e.g. business development, public and private sector collaboration etc.
• Good written communication skills
• A strong verbal communicator
• Strong IT skills, particularly in the use of Microsoft office, e.g., Word, Excel, and Outlook
• Ability to build strong relationships, develop trust, openness, and influence

Job circumstances

• A full current driving licence and access to a vehicle
• Flexibility to travel and willingness to work out of office hours if required



• Formal project management qualification, e.g. PRINCE2

Work experience

• High level project management experience including preparing complex project appraisals and business cases
• An understanding of the Caithness and Sutherland economy and the Highlands and Islands
• Experience of developing or using property assets to support economic development
• Demonstrable experience of delivering successful capital or revenue- based projects

Skills and abilities

• Numerate with excellent analytical skills, able to interpret data and present it in a clear and compelling way
• A client and solutions-focussed proactive approach with the ability to understand client’s current and potential development requirements
• Gaelic language skills (speaking, reading, or writing)

Closing date for applications: 28th May 2023

Interviews: w/c 12 June 2023

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