Business Manager / Rural Economist (KTP Associate)

KTP Associate - Transport innovation in remote, rural and island communities (Inverness based)

Location: Various RGU partner locations

  • Salary: £25,000 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.00 hours per week

Job Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious graduate to participate the development of a rural and island transport planning, innovation and analytics tool. The tool will be transformational. It will be used to identify and make the case for a range of exciting transport innovations and projects - such as new models of passenger transport and vehicle sharing, alternative fuel vehicles, vessels and aircraft, autonomous vehicles, and Mobility as a Service - that Hitrans will seek to deploy in the Scottish Highlands and islands to improve transport services.

This position is a 24 month full-time fixed-term contract, with a £4,000 training budget tailored towards your personal development. For exceptional candidates, the post could be offered on a 36 or 48 month part-time basis.

You will require a degree or Masters degree in a relevant subject: For example, Geography, Business Management/Administration; Transport Planning/ engineering; Rural economics/ planning / development; Innovation planning/ management; Electric/energy engineering; Data analytics.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: https://www.mygov.scot/standard-disclosure

There is scope for this post to be offered as a two-year secondment.

Closing Date: 29 August 2018

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Research Strategy Lead, School of Creative and Cultural Business

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST:

Participate in the development of a rural and island transport planning, innovation and analytics tool. The tool will be transformational to identify and make the case for a range of exciting transport innovations and projects - such as new models of passenger transport and vehicle sharing, alternative fuel vehicles, vessels and aircraft, autonomous vehicles, and Mobility as a Service - that Hitrans will seek to deploy in the Scottish Highlands and islands to improve transport services.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Engage in Familiarisation with Hitrans and Highlands and Islands Region and with geography and local transport issues in Highland, Moray, Argyll and Bute, Orkney and Na h-Eileanan Siar.

Identify transport innovation projects from the Highlands and Islands Region for retrospective appraisal.

Develop project appraisal methodology for transport schemes in remote, rural and island contexts.

Develop remote, rural and island transport typology for categorising localities by shared geographical and transport characteristics.

Undertake retrospective appraisal of Highlands and Islands transport projects.

Identify state of the art projects from elsewhere in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Undertake appraisal to identify optimum location in Highlands and islands for implementing state of the art projects.

Develop remote, rural and islands planning and appraisal tool for Hitrans.

Organise training for Hitrans officers in use of tool. Provide support for Hitrans officers in use of tool.

Write reports and other outputs for colleagues and stakeholders.

Liaise with relevant organisations and stakeholders.

Engage in Dissemination and lobbying to promote findings and outcomes of projects.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Undergraduate Degree a relevant subject: For example, Geography, Business Management/Administration; Transport Planning/ engineering; Rural economics/ planning / development; Innovation planning/ management; Electric/energy engineering; Data analytics

Knowledge and Experience

Candidates should demonstrate a genuine interest in or passion for the subject area, and should be able to demonstrate knowledge of either:

the current state of the art in terms of the smart cities and electric vehicle agenda in the UK and across Europe; and/or
an understanding of the general economic and social challenges facing rural regions like the Highlands and Islands and the specific issues around transport, mobility and the cost of fuel.


DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Masters Degree a relevant subject: For example, Geography, Business Management/Administration; Transport Planning/ engineering; Rural economics/ planning / development; Innovation planning/ management; Electric/energy engineering; Data analytics

Knowledge and Experience

Experience of carrying out project work, ideally involving research or consultancy – which involves gathering, organising and analysing information and the drafting off reports and other outputs.

Highly motivated, well organised, good interpersonal skills, ability to work to deadlines and deliver on outputs and objectives.

Effective communicator (both written and verbal), numerate and should have willingness to take responsibility for leading on tasks and delivery of outputs.

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