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Scottish Land & Estates - Musselburgh - Policy Adviser (Rural Business and Property)

Job Added: 05 October 2020

To apply:

Main Contact:
Stephen Young


0131 653 5400

Scottish Land & Estates

£28,000 – £30,000 pa


Job description:

Hours: 34.5 hours per week (9 – 5 Mon to Thurs, 9 – 4.30 Fri), with some flexibility.

Job title:  Policy Adviser (Rural Business and Property)

Scottish Land & Estates is recruiting a Policy Adviser to lead on rural business and property issues. This role would suit someone RICS qualified who has broad experiences of working with rural land-based businesses and is keen to develop, apply and share their knowledge. Previous experience of policy work is not required but enthusiasm to represent rural land managers and shape the regulatory world in which they function is essential as is a knowledge of rural housing and business matters.

You will be required to identify and develop key policy issues for the rural sector with a focus on rural business and property, produce policy briefings and technical guidance, provide advice to the membership, and support the organisational work across the policy team.

The role will also involve considerable engagement with a wide range of stakeholders as well as representational and lobbying activity. A key part of the job will be working to influence policy development in order to ensure a positive way forward that minimises the impact of proposed legislation, regulation and policy on members’ businesses, and where appropriate seek to enhance policy or advocate policy change in ways that further members’ interests.

Specific policy objectives will be worked up with the Head of Policy and agreed with the Chief Executive.

The main areas that the Policy Adviser (Rural Business and Property) role may include are:

•             Housing

•             Digital connectivity

•             Utilities & Energy            

•             Non-domestic rates

•             Agricultural Holdings

•             Business Funding

Specific duties will entail:

  • To be the policy lead on Rural Business and Property.
  • To advise SLE on all aspects of existing and emerging relevant Rural Business and Property issues.
  • To represent SLE on relevant issues to the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government and its agencies, and in meetings with stakeholders and partners.
  • To work with the Chief Executive and Head of Policy to identify legislation, regulation and policy at regional, Scottish, UK and European levels which will impact on the membership.
  • To produce technical information papers and briefings (both internal and external)
  • To respond to relevant consultation papers.
  • To provide relevant input and support to the organisation’s National Policy Group, and provide staff lead for technical and issue specific sub groups relating to areas within your remit.
  • To gather and produce relevant data to support policy work
  • To understand the legislative and regulatory burdens on rural businesses and, where relevant, work to minimise these.
  • To promote best practice across the range of policy issues within your remit.
  • To work with our Communications Team to produce media releases and press briefings.
  • To represent SLE at member meetings, shows and events.
  • To provide support to senior management team on policy areas relating to rural business.
  • To provide advice, within defined criteria, to individual members, such advice being in addition to, and not a substitute for, that of the member’s own professional advisers.
  • To provide generic advice to members through Land Business, policy update, e-news, website, information sheets etc on relevant current and future issues.
  • To support the achievement of the Business Plan objectives, including the production of specific work plans for relevant policy areas.
  • To carry out other duties as agreed with the Head of Policy and the Executive Director.

Person Specification


  • Good understanding of, and interest in, issues affecting rural Scotland
  • Educated to higher education level, and with equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to engage with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work flexibly and with enthusiasm, on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Skills in managing priorities in a pressured working environment and working to deadlines
  • High level of tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends, for which time off will be given in lieu.
  • Access to transport as the nature of the role will involve rural travel.


  • Experience of working in a policy environment.
  • Experience of working for a membership organisation.
  • Experience in rural surveying in Scotland

For further detailed information, please see the job description available on our website at or contact Stephen Young, Head of Policy, for a confidential chat.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Stephen Young - by the deadline of noon, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

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