GIS Support Team Manager

Dumfries / Inverness / Edinburgh

£33,139 - £36,060, plus benefits

Background Information

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and its main task is to manage the National Forest Estate. FES will become Forestry and Land Scotland as part of the Scottish Government as of April 2019.

This post is part of the FES Head Office (FESHO) Planning & Environment team, which provides strategic direction, support and guidance to the 5 Forest Regions in Scotland in delivering agreed corporate targets, maintaining UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) certification and contributing to smooth and efficient running of FES business. The work of the team aims to help ensure FES effectively and efficiently manages the National Forest Estate to meet ministerial objectives as expressed in the National Strategic Directions.

The FESHO Planning & Environment team consists of 25 members spread across Scotland but primarily located in Dumfries, Inverness or Silvan House, Edinburgh. The team contains a wide range of expertise including an Archaeologist, Ecologists, Landscape Architects, a Surveys & Soils Co-ordinator, a Tree Health & Bio-Security Co-ordinator and a Planning & Geographic Information System (GIS) Support Team.

The GIS Support Team Manager will lead the group of staff responsible for supporting FES staff with GIS use, live GIS business system, data management and analysis.

The members of the Planning & Environment team work collaboratively to achieve organisational objectives. The post holder will be expected to work in partnership with the wider Planning & Environment team and with other teams across FES.

You will be responsible for leading the FES 'live' GIS support service for user ensuring that a high quality and responsive service is provided to users of GIS. You will work alongside the GIS Development Manager to plan migration of tools in 'development' into the new Forester Web based platform and work with the Geospatial Data Structures Project Manager to support, shape and manage the transition to ArcGIS Enterprise Infrastructure within Forestry and Land Scotland. Additionally, you will lead the team's Data Analysis Services & Spatial Data Management work for other Planning & Environment colleagues and other FESHO teams. This work is typically to inform FES strategy and policy development, operational matters, corporate reporting, freedom of information requests and parliamentary questions, etc.

The key responsibilities for the role will include:

Team Management

  • Lead the FESHO team of 5 GIS staff to ensure that they provide responsive and high quality 'live' support to users of GIS around FES;
  • Manage other members of the group to ensure they are motivated, supported and have clear and fulfilling Forward Job Plans and Individual Learning Plans in place.

Customer Liaison & Support

  • Act as lead contact in FES for IFOS staff working on 'live' GIS support matters;
  • Ensure a single 'whole team' approach to GIS support between departments;
  • Devise and implement a communication programme to ensure GIS users are kept up to date on the work of the team and its support partners in IFOS;
  • Maintain good feedback mechanisms to ensure issues from users and 'customer satisfaction' levels are understood by the FESHO GIS support team.

Data Management & Analysis

  • Lead on ensuring FES understands its obligations under the Scottish Government's Open Data Strategy;
  • Support the Planning Support Team Leader and Head of Planning and Environment with strategic analytical capability to ensure that FES is making the most of spatial data and has the ability to report appropriately on land management activities;
  • Provide support to the FES Planning Support Team Leader and Head of Planning and Environment on strategic developments within FES and organisational changes;
  • Engage with Scottish Government and other partner organisations to ensure opportunities are taken to share experience and learn from others in relation to GIS development, support and data management.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:
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Please quote ref: 1603591.
Closing date: 12 November 2018, 23:59

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