MSP Staff
Starting at £35,182

About The Role

Mark Ruskell MSP is looking for a Research and Office Manager to join his team. This role would be an initial nine-month maternity cover, with the possibility of extending it to a year depending on circumstances.

Location: Holyrood (or home), with occasional visits to the Stirling office and elsewhere in the region

Hours: Full-time; 37.5 hours

Salary: Starting at £35,182

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.


  • Acting in a supervisory capacity for the team and oversight of office maintenance
    • Managing office budget in line with Members Expenses Scheme, Allowances Office and People and Culture Office
    • Managing constituency accounts, premises and equipment
    • Managing staff and reviewing their performance
    • Overseeing health and safety and staff wellbeing
    • Acting as a support to me as (Committee Convener, Party Spokesperson or Business Manager)
  • Overseeing the office research needs and project plans
    • Leading on project work
    • Overseeing new areas and methods of research
    • Peer-reviewing validity and quality of work to ensure accuracy
  • Engaging with the wider research community to ensure I have access to (accurate and contemporary) data
    • Collaborating with colleagues from different services areas across the Parliament
    • Liaising with various external groups e.g. think-tanks, NGOs, other elected representatives
    • Developing effective relationships with counterparts in other UK legislatures and wider research community
    • Performing casework-related research and preparing responses where necessary
  • Gathering and distributing valuable data that supports my activities
    • Keeping your knowledge of policy areas and local issues up-to-date
    • Carrying out research projects
    • Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies
    • Preparing and delivering regular briefings and updates
    • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics
  • Ensuring office is kept up-to-date with its relevant legislative and compliance obligations
    • Ensuring all office research complies with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements
    • Checking for any updates to compliance related legislation and communicating changes to colleagues

About You


You will:
  • Be a quick learner with the ability to multitask and work within tight timescales
  • Be a proactive problem solver with the motivation and resilience to adapt and deal with challenges
  • Have skills in developing research networks and communicating complex information to others at various levels
  • Have analytical skills with the ability to identify and investigate trends while interpreting data
  • Have the creative flair and expertise to produce accurate and influential work
  • Be able to lead on areas of project work while developing new areas and methods of research
  • Have experience of managing staff with the ability to nurture and build effective teams
  • Be confident in managing budgets for staff resources and office provisions

The Selection Process

For any questions about the role please contact

To apply, click on "send CV" and upload your CV and supporting statement as one document. When you've clicked "send CV" use the text box to provide wording for the covering email.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 1 July