Policy and strategy

Our Policy and Strategy departments are responsible for implementing emerging legislation and putting effective monitoring in place and reporting on the progress of these implementations.

The personnel within each department specialise in one of five key areas of environmental significance; air, waste, water, land and radioactive substances.

 

Policy Officer

Policy Officers provide support to environmental policy and/or strategy development within SEPA, assist with the promotion of improvements in regulation and help deliver integrated national policies and strategies. They also provide advice on relevant environmental issues and European and domestic legislative and strategy developments.

Minimum requirements for this type of post include one year of experience in a similar role to include a broad understanding of the scientific/technical areas the unit covers, an understanding of how policy and legislation are made and knowledge of its content. One year of experience in using Microsoft suite including Microsoft Project is also essential.

 

Senior Policy Officer

Our Senior Policy Officers lead and co-ordinate environmental policy and/or strategy development within SEPA and contribute to promoting improvements in regulation and the delivery of integrated national policies and strategies.

Senior Policy Officers also contribute to the development of relevant outcome measures and provide advice on relevant environmental issues and European and domestic legislative developments.

Minimum requirements for this role include a degree in a science or environment related subject and three years' experience in a similar type of post.

 

Principal Policy Officer

Principal Policy Officers lead and co-ordinate environmental policy and/or strategy development, promote improvements in regulation and deliver integrated national policies and strategies. They provide advice on a wide range of environmental issues and European and domestic legislative developments and lead in the development of components of policy, ensuring integration with the wider policy framework.

Principal Policy Officers also understand and interpret externally generated technical, scientific and legal information and they assist in disseminating such information and taking necessary actions. This role also involves tracking, assessing, understanding and responding to future legislative developments and the strategic direction being taken by the European Union, the UK government, Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

Minimum requirements for this role include a degree in a science or environment related subject and five years' experience in a similar type of post. Significant expert knowledge of developing policy and implementing of new EU and domestic regulation is also required. As this post involves considerable liaison with external stakeholders, an understanding of how policy and legislation are made and knowledge and understanding of its technical content is essential.

 

Business Planning – Organisational Improvement and Development

The Organisational Improvement and Development Department is responsible for improving the performance management framework throughout SEPA and for ensuring continuous improvement in how we deliver our business. This includes providing objective assessment, advice and support to managers for the introduction of new services, analysis and documentation of procedures and reviews of organisation and performance. Roles include Business Consultant and Senior Business Consultant.

Minimum requirements for a Business Consultant role include a relevant degree, minimum of 2 years’ experience in business review and improvement and an understanding of how procedures are developed and documented.

Minimum requirements for a Senior Business Consultant include a relevant degree, a minimum of three years’ experience in internal business planning, performance management and reporting or business improvement reviews. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legislation and regulation of the processes the department is involvement with and the ability to co-ordinate projects and teams.