Economic and Fiscal Head of Unit

Scottish Fiscal Commission
55928.00 - 66990.00 GBP Annual
17 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

The Scottish Fiscal Commission are currently recruiting for 2 Economic and Fiscal Head of Unit roles. These are permanent and pensionable appointments and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Applicants claiming a guaranteed interview will be invited for further assessment should they meet the minimum essential criteria listed in this advert.

This is an exciting time to work in the Scottish Fiscal Commission which is assuming responsibility for producing independent forecasts for Scotland. This is a new high profile post at a time when the Commission is taking on new responsibilities. The post holder will have a chance to shape and drive forward the work of the Commission, working closely with the Chief Executive and the Commissioners, engaging with external stakeholders and leading the development of forecasting and modelling.

You will head up one of the Commission's two forecasting Units and be responsible for developing modelling within the Commission. You will be expected to provide excellent leadership, as we assume responsibility for producing forecasts in a substantial number of areas.

There are also other exciting opportunities (Economic & Fiscal Analyst and Senior Economic & Fiscal Analyst) being advertised at the same time as these posts. See for more information.

Minimum Qualifications

You will be expected, at a minimum, to have at least a first or upper second class degree in a highly numerate subject. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable. We would like to actively encourage applications from those with higher degrees, such as Masters and PhDs, in relevant subjects.

Essential Criteria

  1. Experience leading and managing teams, considering efficiencies, while also ensuring that staff welfare is considered by all members of the team.
  2. Knowledge and experience of statistical or econometric modelling and forecasting
  3. Excellent analytical skills and interpersonal skills. An ability to bring analytical insight to a broad range of issues and communicate its messages in writing and orally with impact
  4. Experience leading large-scale programmes of analytical work to time and budget
  5. Experience of developing strong relationships with stakeholders and an understanding of the Commission's role and responsibilities.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams that develop individuals with diverse needs and experience.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the economic, political and policy context in which forecast are produced
  3. A higher degree or PhD in a relevant subject.


The Commission's main location is at Governor's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, with additional use of offices at the University of Glasgow.

Assessment & Interview Dates

Assessments and interviews for these posts will take place in the week beginning 28th November.

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For further information on this vacancy, please contact Mairi Spowage at or .