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Principal Economic Development Specialist / Economist

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Type of contract:
Permanent - Full Time/Flexible
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The Opportunity
 PBA provides a broad range of range of economic development & economic advice to our public and private sector clients to support their development and strategy ambitions.  

Our clients include: local authorities, UK and Scottish Government agencies, private and other public sector interests in the residential, energy, retail, distribution and other sectors; Universities, Colleges and others.

Following recruitment over the last 18 months, PBA’s involvement in economic development, regeneration and development projects continues to grow. We’re now looking to further expand our team.

You will be involved in its ongoing development, working closely with our leadership team to build our relationships with clients, ensuring we continue to provide them with market leading advice.  You will have project development and management responsibility, also working with other members of the team to develop their skills. 

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a truly multi-disciplinary business to develop new business relationships and deliver excellence for our clients in the public and private sectors.
You will have significant post-graduate experience in an economic development/ economics / development environment.  
Your key responsibilities will include:
Reinforce our team in Scotland in response to a combination of existing workloads and emerging  opportunities in the public and private sectors 
Project support through management, analysis and delivery; and delegation of appropriate tasks to junior staff
Work winning capability
Maintaining and building positive client relationships
About You
You'll demonstrate :
Degree qualification in Economics, Planning or a related discipline
Understanding and experience of economic development and the planning system in Scotland
Good client and network relationships
Ability to secure work 
Effective bid writing capability 
Experience of public and private sector requirements, economic assessments and appraisals, business case development
Excellent understanding of economic principles associated with development and infrastructure
Relevant experience in economic development/ strategy/ economic analysis
Good communication and  facilitation skills, including  authoring reports and coordinating inputs.
About PBA
We offer competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, which includes contributory pension plan, discretionary bonus scheme and flexible benefits allowance.

PBA provides significant opportunities for career progression and personal development through the delivery of high value quality services to influential clients, and we are proud of our friendly and supportive environment for our employees where they can attain their personal career goals.

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PBA is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunities.