Delivery Manager

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Do you believe in the power of data and think this power should be used to improve the lives of the people living in Scotland? Yes? Research Data Scotland needs you!

Now is a great time to join Research Data Scotland (RDS). We’re a fast-moving, growing organisation that works with partners to make it quicker and easier to do research with public sector data in Scotland.


Key Details:

Job Description: Click here to download

Role: Delivery Manager

Salary Range: £42,000 - £51,450 (C1)

Hours: 35 per week

Employment Type: 2 year fixed term contract


About RDS

RDS is a relatively new charity that was set up by the Scottish public sector and leading universities. We help researchers find and make use of data that can improve the lives of people in Scotland. Working in partnership, we do this by widening the range of data available, creating new data assets, and providing a single point of contact for safe, secure and effective access to public data in a trustworthy manner.

Data is often locked away in lots of individual systems, across many different organisations, and isn’t in a format that makes access or integration easy. We can help researchers to unlock the potential of this data by giving them information and advice that speeds up and simplifies their work.


About the Job

We are looking to recruit a Delivery Manager to help manage our digital programme across multiple areas. The role will involve leading the delivery of new content and services working in close partnership with an external digital partner and managing the resources of an internal interdisciplinary team. Excellent project management and communication skills will be a key feature of the role as we seek to deliver an ambitious programme of digital transformation over the next few years.


Ways of Working

RDS is engaged in delivering a 3-year digital roadmap to provide online infrastructure, solutions and content to improve researcher access to secure data sets. Working with an external agency and a growing internal digital team, our projects are led by agile methodology with distinct sprints and ceremonies, allowing for the development to be driven by user needs and expectations. Where possible we seek to adhere to the Digital Scotland Service Standard and follow best practice around design standards and accessibility.  

Projects can typically involve many stakeholders, including the multiple organisations that provide and process secure data for research. The role will require facilitation of internal and external stakeholders to define the problems to be solved and identify user-centred solutions and content. In this context, strong communication and organisation skills, alongside curiosity and adaptability are helpful.

RDS is a new organisation and we’re currently establishing our ways of working including our project management processes and collaborative tools. This role will help influence the direction of travel.  The post will suit a proactive person who works well in environments where there is a degree of uncertainty, where priorities may change, and new processes and structure need to be created.




The Delivery Manger will play a pivotal role in managing our ongoing programme of digital work. Liaising with the external agency and managing the work of the RDS Digital Team using agile methodology, you will deliver multiple workstreams to agreed timescales. This will include managing competing priorities, identify obstacles and helping the team focus on what is most important to the delivery of content and services. Alongside supporting high-level planning, you will get into the detail to make things happen when needed alongside ensuring motivating and collaborating with your team, colleagues, and external stakeholders.


About You

You are a self-starter, with experience of working with multi-disciplinary digital teams to effect change and deliver to a high standard.  You are very organised with a proven track record of managing digital projects and programmes of change, preferably in the public sector, within academia or other complex environments. You are passionate about digital ways of working and have good knowledge of agile delivery, online best practice and digital standards.


The Package

We invest in the development of our people and promote an inclusive workplace culture. We are based at the Bayes Centre in the centre of Edinburgh. We generally work a 35-hour week but offer hybrid working and part-time and/or flexible working hours from day one. We also offer a generous pension and 33 days’ holiday, including public holidays, although we don’t have set closure days. This list of benefits will be added to as the organisation develops, and you’ll help shape it as part of the team.


Job Description

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We’re keeping things easy – to apply, send us a CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience to date match the job and person specs, and why you think this is the right role for you at this time

If you’re ready to apply, send your CV with a short covering letter to Or email us for an informal chat about RDS and the role.