Parliamentary Researcher - Liam McArthur MSP

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the busy Scottish Parliamentary office of Liam McArthur MSP for the position of parliamentary researcher. The post is to support the MSP in his parliamentary role, currently as spokesperson for energy, education and young people.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated and enthusiastic creative thinking team player with a keen, politically astute eye. Key duties will include all aspects of parliamentary research, (mainly in relation to education and energy which may change with portfolio changes), such as preparing briefing material for meetings, debates and conferences, preparing speeches, generating parliamentary questions, generating FOI requests. The successful candidate will work closely with the parliamentary party’s heads of press and policy.

Please note that working in a small team may mean that there will be occasional ad hoc duties and the successful candidate will be flexible in accommodating changing or additional duties with a ‘can do’ attitude. The successful candidate will likely already have some experience in parliamentary research and will be broadly sympathetic to the fundamental aims of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Person specification:

  • Must be politically astute from a Scottish and UK perspective
  • Must be media aware
  • Must be able to be proactive on key policy issues with an ability to generate new ideas
  • Must be able to work under pressure and to regular deadlines
  • Experience of working with a broad range of people in a pressured environment
  • Experience of delivering research support material in a parliamentary environment
  • Must be able to work as part of a small team
  • Experience of applying analytical skills including the ability to summarise a wide range of views and be able to identify quickly key issues from a range of sources
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills

The successful candidate will be based at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, but may be required to spend time in the constituency office in Kirkwall, Orkney, particularly during parliamentary recesses. Some weekend work, evening work or irregular hours may be required.

Application procedure:

Applicants are required to complete a CV and covering letter, and indicate the name of two referees, one of which should be your current or most recent employer. Please note that these referees may be contacted without permission unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise.

Your application should explain why you have the energy, skills, knowledge and understanding of politicsor other relevant experience to make a real difference in the post.

Applications should be sent to Liam McArthur MSP -

All applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 26th June 2015

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Working For:

Liam McArthur MSP (Orkney)




£20,000 - £22,000 per annum

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