Estates Project Manager

Forestry and Land Scotland
Flexible - various locations available
£43,395 - £47,245
Closing date
17 Jul 2022

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Estates Project Manager

Pay Band 3/CS SEO

Location: Flexible - various locations available

Contract Type: Permanent


Working Pattern

This is a full-time vacancy, based on a 37-hour week.

We’re a flexible employer and encourage applicants who wish to work a flexible working pattern to apply - all requests will be considered.


Nationality Requirements

It’s essential you have the right to work in the UK before applying to work with us, as we’re currently unable to offer sponsorship.

You’ll also need to meet the requirements of the Civil Service Nationality Rules.


Disability Confident Scheme

If you apply under the Disability Confident Scheme, you’ll be invited for interview/assessment, so long as you meet any elements of ‘Experience’ or ‘Technical’ marked as essential and can demonstrate the relevant Behaviours set out in the Success Profile.


Further Information

If you have any questions about this post, please email

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, or require any adjustments, please email


About the team

The Renewables team, within the Commercial Development directorate, has overall responsibility for all wind and hydro renewable energy developments on Scotland’s National Forests and Land (NFL). Its purpose is to promote and manage the development of wind and hydropower resources on the NFL in ways that help achieve the Scottish Government's renewable energy policy and the Scottish Forestry Strategy. By doing so Commercial Development aims to contribute to achieving Scotland's renewable energy targets, to maximize financial returns from wind and hydropower developments on the NFL and promote benefits for local communities.


What you will do

The role is a land agency role with a specialism in renewable energy, dealing with Options/Leases for such sites and the ongoing management thereof.

The purpose of the job is to progress a suite of both ongoing, and new, renewable cases on Scotland’s NFL. This primarily relates to negotiating Heads of Terms, developing those into Options and Leases and ultimately, the ongoing management of the contractual side of the schemes once they are operational.

The post involves a high degree of interaction with renewable developers (both large and small) and with Forest Region staff where the developments are located.

Liaison with the existing Estates Project Manager is essential to ensure consistency of approach across the regions.

This post will cover the following Forest Regions:

  • South: Ae Village & Newton Stewart.
  • Central: West Calder and Aberfoyle.


Main Duties

  • Implement and Monitor existing renewable Option and Lease terms and ensure compliance, and work up Heads of Terms for any new opportunities, subsequently progressing these into Options and Leases.
  • Provide commercial forecasts and data from renewable schemes for the regular business plans and ensure that such is as accurate and reliable as possible.
  • Provide forecasts of income against business plan expectations and for regular reporting purposes, being responsible for your own financial budget being achieved.
  • Build positive internal and external relationships with our renewable development partners, the rest of the Estates Development team and Forest Region staff.
  • Input into, and possibly lead, Forestry and Land Scotland initiatives to improve or clarify the way renewable projects are managed within FLS.


Success Profile

The Success Profile below set outs the essential and desirable elements that make up the vacant position - you’ll be expected to demonstrate these elements in your application and/or during your interview and/or assessment.




  • Demonstrable experience of negotiating Heads of Terms and leases within either commercial or rural estate management
  • Proven track record in estate management and associated legal documentation in particular.


  • Knowledge and experience of working on renewable energy projects (particularly wind and hydro).




  • Full professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS or FRICS).
  • A degree in Rural Estate Management or equivalent land-based qualification.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software, such as Word, Excel and Outlook.


  • Competent User of Geographic Information System (GIS).



On the application form you’ll find four free text boxes to provide your behaviour responses. Please note, you’re only required to provide evidence against the below behaviours on your application. This means that if less than four behaviours are noted, you can leave the relevant free text(s) box blank on your application.


Behaviour 1 and Lead Criteria: Communicating and Influencing.

Behaviour 2: Working Together.

Behaviour 3: Managing a Quality Service.

Behaviour 4: Delivering at Pace.



You will not be assessed against this at application stage. However, this will be assessed if you are successful for interview.



As this role involves working with colleagues across Scotland, there will be regular travel involved which may include overnight stays away from home.

Travelling at times may also involve visits to remote locations, therefore there is a requirement for you to have a current driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK. However, we are willing to consider any proposals put forward from candidates that would allow you to travel between locations by other means.


What we offer you

If successful, you will be entitled to a wide range of benefits, the detail of which can be found here


Additional information

We believe it’s important to create an inclusive and supportive work culture, and we welcome applications from everyone, regardless of background.

It’s important you complete the entire application form (where relevant) in sufficient detail – this will give you the best chance of being invited for interview and/or assessment. Where a vacancy attracts a higher number of applications, only ‘Behaviour 1 - lead criteria’ will be assessed at sift stage. However, it is still important that you complete the entire application form in sufficient detail, as there is no way of knowing that a vacancy will have a high number of applications.


Concerns about our recruitment

If you believe the Civil Service Recruitment Principles have been breached, you can submit a complaint to the Head of People and Organisational Development - they will assess compliance with the Principles but will not review the decision(s) of the recruitment panel.

Closing date: Applications will be accepted until 11:55pm on 17 July 2022.


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Find Us
0300 067 6000
Forestry and Land Scotland Head Office
1 Highlander Way
Inverness Business Park
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