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Graduate Job Graduate Project Development Officer - Dunollie Projects Ltd

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: ScotGrad – Graduate Placements for Growing Businesses
Reference: DP01
Salary: £18,330  

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EXPIRY NOTICE: This job has now expired and will not be accepting any more applications.

Closing Date - 12 March 2013

Location - Highlands and Islands, Argyll and the Islands  

Salary - £18,330 per annum

Job summary

Dunollie Projects Ltd, based in Oban, Argyll are recruiting for a graduate for a 12 month project development role.  The successful graduate will be responsible for creating new efficient and effective operational systems, volunteer management structures and marketing and sales strategies.

Job Description

To develop the ‘Dunollie Experience’, a five year growth plan has been prepared, the first phase of which was to open Dunollie 1745 House to the public in April 2012 providing access to limited displays. The first season, largely made possible by volunteers, attracted 2200 visitors to Dunollie and a programme of educational events and activities for local people was established through a Learning and Events project.  It is hoped that this graduate placement will help increase visitor numbers to 21,000 in 2013.

 The graduates role will also include:

•        Introducing procedures and systems to improve the quality of existing products

•        Developing new pricing and payment structures

•        Developing new products

•        Developing a marketing strategy

This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

Skills / Experience


•        Good administration and IT skills including use of Microsoft office.

•        Excellent face-to-face communication and customer care skills.

•        Working as part of a busy work-force team

•        Gathering data, extrapolating and analysing  for market research

•        Working face-to-face with the public

•        Ambitious, imaginative and flexible – must be able to assess the market and respond accordingly

•        Punctual, organised and have high standards for delivery of tasks

•        Enjoy being surrounded by customers, staff and volunteers whilst delivering challenging targets


•        Knowledge of the cultural heritage tourism sector in Scotland.

•        Understanding of the Highlands and Islands tourism industry – drivers and trends.

•        Understanding of the socio-economics of small rural towns in the west of Scotland.

•        Good knowledge of the regulatory services for visitor centres and the ability to source information as required and act appropriately and promptly.

•        Understanding of the development of a product in response to demand including marketing and delivery

•        Understanding of the value of volunteer input in the cultural heritage sector

•        Knowledge of the areas local and natural history.

•        Developing a product in response to demand, marketing and delivering that product

•        Marketing in the visitor industry in Scotland

•        Team leadership skills

•        Experience in voluntary positions

•        Some experience in the catering industry

•        Some experience of Guided Tours

•        An existing interest in the cultural heritage tourism sector would be a distinct advantage


•        Degree in relevant discipline


As part of this TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme, the candidate will benefit from support from a team within Highlands and Islands Enterprise and also access a five day residential course training focussed on employability and business skills.

Additional Info

Location: Oban, Argyll

Salary: £18,330

Location: Scotland

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