Recruiting now for a Saltire Scholar Programme Assistant

We're recruiting now for a Saltire Scholar Programme Assistant to join the growing Entrepreneurial Scotland Team!

This is an exciting opportunity to learn the ropes with a world-class team; the role encompasses plenty of opportunity for development and growth within the organisation, as demonstrated by part of our management team who have progressed through the organisation.


Entrepreneurial Scotland sets out to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world. We do this through connecting and developing a diverse community of people with an entrepreneurial mind-set in Scotland and internationally, who will collaborate to deliver transformational culture change – thus achieving our vision.

Entrepreneurial Scotland has three distinct functions:

  1. Running world-class Saltire programmes
  2. Offering engaging networks tiered at different career levels
  3. Collaborating with partners across the entrepreneurial landscape in Scotland

As the first stage in an entrepreneurial journey, our educational programmes create individuals who are confident, ambitious and globally-minded, in turn expanding the skill set of these future leaders. The mission of these programmes is to find, fuel and spark the next generation of talent for Scotland.


Our Saltire Scholar Internship Programme provides penultimate year students at Scottish universities with internships all over the world. Our internships are unique in that students are granted access to levels within host organisations that not all internship programmes can offer, and our financial model allows us to open these opportunities to students from all backgrounds. Internships are typically sourced through our network of contacts such as Saltire alumni, GlobalScot and the worldwide Scottish business diaspora.


We’ve grown from 6 interns in 2007 to a 165 in 2017 and have an alumni community over 1,000 members strong. This growth would not have been possible without an ambitious, driven and passionate team, which we’re looking to expand as we strive towards achieving the next set of bold ideals for the programme.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  1. Operations

Programme Recruitment

  1. Work alongside Programme Executive to attract students to our programme through campus recruitment
  2. Coordinate the logistics of speed interviews in 4 cities in Scotland for over 500 students
  3. Format and collate internship lists of host company projects
  4. Coordinate the collection and dissemination of feedback for all candidates who progress through our recruitment process

Programme Onboarding

  1. Preparing contracts and supporting participants and other team members with arranging visas, flights, insurance and accommodation.

Event Organising

  1. Work alongside programme team to assist in the organisation of flagship events: Leadership Development Day & Scholar Return Reception


  1. Systems and Technology

Data Management

  1. We use Salesforce as our CRM system to ensure data is stored effectively and safely – be an ambassador for the good use of this method
  2. Understand and advocate for the importance of data integrity with the practical knowledge of how this may impact our operations
  3. Maintain and update records on Salesforce for use in reporting

Website Management

  1. Ensure our website is kept up-to-date with appropriate information, and speaks directly to our distinct customer groups


  1. Communications and Relationships


  1. Be the key contact for those interested in applying for the programme. Answer all questions and queries in a professional and prompt manner.
  2. The role of Programme Assistant is heavily customer focussed will be exposed to a variety of individuals – from a university students to company CEOs


4Budget Considerations and Governance

  1. Have a grasp of our budgeting software (Xero) and curiosity as to its operation and function


  1. Talent

As an organisation we want to ensure our staff are given all opportunities to develop and receive the best prospects to progress within the company. This is largely a self-led process and therefore the right individual for the role will know their strengths and opportunities to develop, and look for the occasions where these can be best used.

The above list is not exhaustive and, when appropriate, the individual will be required to carry out any other duties in relation to the business.


Our Scholar programme has ambitious targets for growth heading towards 2020. To ensure we can achieve these, we need to create a robust and capable team who are passionate about the cause and enthusiastic about driving our organisation towards our bold mission. 

Essential Skills

  • A driven, self-starter who is determined to shape a career for themselves in the charity or not-for-profit sector
  • A focus on providing fantastic customer service
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills (written and oral) to be able to communicate with different groups of individuals through different methods, as appropriate
  • Sound organisational abilities: comfortable working to deadlines and ability to prioritise your own workload
  • Strong experience with and knowledge of MS Office package

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of working with Salesforce CRM
  • Experience of working with Xero accounting software



Pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance, flexible working, access to our network for personal development and attendance at development events, opportunities for progression within the organisation, annual appraisal programme.

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Location: Glasgow City Centre

Status: Office based

Salary: £16,000 to £18,000/year, depending on experience.

Next Steps

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to the Head of the Programme, Sara Nelson, at by Wednesday 28th of February at 1pm.

We anticipate holding face-to-face interviews with shortlisted candidates at our offices in Glasgow City Centre on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March.