GIS Application Manager

Scottish Forestry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 23rd May 2021


Reference number



£35,684 - £38,453


Higher Executive Officer
Pay Band 4

Contract type


Business area

SF - Operational Development

Type of role

Information Technology
Knowledge and Information Management

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts



Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 7AT

About the job


Scottish Forestry is an agency of Scottish Government. Our purpose is the sustainable management and expansion of forest and woodlands to deliver more for Scotland.
Our objectives are to;

Ensure that sustainable forest management is an integral part of public policy, particularly through leading and co-ordinating the delivery of Scotland’s Forestry Strategy.

Develop our people and culture to improve performance and resilience, building a dynamic, flexible and modern workforce which serves the forestry sector and wider Scotland well.

Become a more innovative, efficient and accessible organisation by delivering process improvements, and harnessing digital and technological solutions.

The post is based in the GIS team that forms part of Scottish Forestry’s Operational Development unit. The GIS team undertake a wide range of geospatial tasks including data capture, management and analysis, support of desktop and web-based GIS applications and development in new areas to deliver improvements across the organisation.

This is a full time post (37 hours per week), however applications from people wishing to work an alternative working pattern will be considered.

Applicants claiming a guaranteed interview will be invited for further assessment should they meet the minimum essential criteria listed below.

Job description

As the GIS Applications Manager you will be responsible for the efficient management and support of Scottish Forestry’s geospatial applications. There are a number of internal and public facing applications that you will manage. Each of these applications are key in helping deliver Scottish Forestry’s objectives.

The Scottish Forestry Improvement Programme is currently working on a wide range of projects, including improvements to our internal geospatial applications and developing map based mobile applications. You will be central to the ongoing management and support of these new and existing applications.

In the role of GIS Application Manager you will be expected to provide technical advice and guidance to the Head of GIS and influence the direction and development of various geospatial applications You will be responsible for the technical administration of Scottish Forestry’s ArcGIS Online (AGOL) portal. This portal currently hosts several public facing applications used widely by a variety of stakeholders. They will also be the organisational lead for development and advice on various applications in AGOL.


  • Management, development and maintenance of Scottish Forestry’s geospatial applications;
  • Manage and coordinate Request for Change (RFC) and bug fixes;
  • Actively seek out views of users to look at how geospatial products can be improved to better meet our customers’ needs;
  • Understand and action changes and/or coordinate changes with our software and application providers;
  • Develop and implement test plans to ensure changes, RFCs and maintenance updates are actioned;
  • Contribute to communication of updates to users, providing written guidance and advice as required;
  • Management, development and maintenance of Scottish Forestry ArcGIS Online portal;
  • Manage and deploy updates to Scottish Forestry’s public facing geospatial applications. Excellent technical knowledge of spatial web services will be required to ensure data are appropriate;
  • Lead on methods to enhance how our spatial data are delivered to the public. You will ensure that new process meet the needs of SF and that data are up to date, meeting our requirements under INSPIRE and UK General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);
  • Provide support and advice to external stakeholders on our public facing applications;
  • Ensure publicly available metadata is correct and up to date;
  • Management ArcGIS Online user accounts;
  • Scottish Forestry expert on development of additional ArcGIS Online applications – map applications, story maps, reporting dashboards, etc;
  • Test and manage ArcGIS application updates for Scottish Forestry. You will lead on this for Scottish Forestry but work closely with other members of the GIS team and our digital and GIS colleagues in Forestry and Land Scotland;
  • Review and regularly monitor ESRI licences for both desktop and online products;
  • Provide support to the Head of GIS as required. You will be the Scottish Forestry technical expert in certain areas and will support and advise on geospatial application development;
  • You will deputise for the Head of GIS as required;
  • You will support the rest of the GIS team as required, undertaking analysis work, map production and data management to help deliver Scottish Forestry’s GIS service;
  • As a technical expert you will be expected to keep up to date with the latest developments in geospatial technology, providing advice and guidance to a range of staff across Scottish Forestry, including senior managers, in the most appropriate and cost effective solutions available;

    Person Specification



  • Wide ranging use of different GIS tools, techniques and data to deliver successful projects
  • Experience in the development and delivery of geospatial services and projects
  • Excellent problems solving skills. Use a range of tools and techniques to resolve complex problems.
  • Experience in a GIS development or support role


  • Awareness and understanding of Earth Observation
  • Understanding of forestry, environment and/or land management
  • Knowledge and experience of working with project management processes

    Technical Skills


  • Excellent, demonstrable knowledge of ESRI’s suite of GIS software
  • In particular, knowledge and experience of ArcGIS Online and web apps
  • Expert user of ESRI’s desktop products, including ArcGIS Pro
  • Knowledge, and experience of using, geospatial web services


  • Knowledge and experience of using and supporting ESRI’s mobile applications.
  • Experience of producing ESRI story maps and dashboards
  • Knowledge or awareness of a range of standards and requirements, including INSPIRE, UK GDPR, and government Digital First Standards.
  • Formal qualification in GIS
  • Behaviours

    We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

    • Managing a Quality Service
    • Changing and Improving
    • Working Together
    • Delivering at Pace

    Technical skills

    We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

    • Please refer to the Technical Skills section of the advert (above).


    If successful you will be entitled to a large range of benefits.

    This includes:
    • An annual leave allowance of 25 days, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. In addition, there are currently 11.5 days of public and privilege holidays, dates of which are set annually.
    • A competitive contributory pension scheme you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension.
    • We recognise the importance of enabling employees to achieve a healthy work / life balance by offering flexi-time arrangements in areas of the business where it is appropriate to do so.
    • Reimbursement of professional membership fees directly relevant to your job.
    • Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
    • Occupational sick pay.
    Happy to talk flexible working

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
    People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
    In the event of a high number of applicants, candidates will be selected for interview based on the lead criteria which is Experience and the Lead Behaviour "Managing and Quality Service".
    The sift is due to take place w/c 24th May 2021. Interviews are expected to take place w/c 7th June 2021 via Microsoft Teams.
    For more information about applying for a role and working at Scottish Forestry, please visit

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

    • UK nationals
    • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
    • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
    • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
    • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
    • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
    • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
    Further information on nationality requirements

    Working for the Civil Service

    The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
    The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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