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Job Title: Senior Researcher

Working for: Margaret Mitchell MSP

Location: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, with occasional visits to the regional office

Pay National Minimum Wage or more: Yes

Salary Details: In line with Scottish Parliament payscales

Job Details:
This is a full-time position in the parliamentary office of Margaret Mitchell MSP. The job title is for a Senior Researcher but the role also includes running the parliamentary office.

Key responsibilities include:
• Conducting research for Parliamentary business and constituents’ issues
• Drafting and researching amendments to legislation
• Researching and drafting speeches for use in the chamber and at events
• Drafting and lodging Parliamentary questions and motion
• Maintaining up to date knowledge on relevant portfolio areas
• Running the Parliament Office, including managing the diary, members’ expenses and maintaining an accurate and up to date filing system, physical and electronic
• Organising meetings, preparation of notes for meetings, preparing briefings, taking minutes
• Drafting and sending letters, emails & documents to constituents and stakeholders
• Submitting Freedom of information requests and collating response
• Answering phone calls and queries from constituents and stakeholders
• Assist and oversee the work of other team members as required

Essential skills:
• Ability to work calmly in a high pressure environment and to tight deadlines
• Exceptional organisational skills & eye for detail
• Excellent telephone manner and written communication skills, with confidence interacting with people at all levels
• A trustworthy & discreet manner ensuring that the highest standards of confidentiality are upheld
• Ability to work effectively as part of a busy team as well as on your own initiative independently
• Strong IT skills; competence in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel)

Desirable skills:
• A legal background or law degree would be particularly appropriate
• A working knowledge of parliamentary procedures
• A knowledge of the Central Scotland region and local issues

Candidates should be sympathetic to the aims and views of the Scottish Conservative party

Closing date: Friday 21st September at midday

Interview and Start date details: Interviews will take place on Monday 24th September in Edinburgh, Start Date is Monday 8th October (or as soon as possible thereafter depending on notice periods)

Application details: Applicants should e-mail a copy of their CV (no more than two pages) and a one-page covering letter to margaret.mitchell.msp@nullparliament.scot with the subject ‘Senior Researcher Application’