MSP Staff

About The Role

Pam Gosal MSP is looking for a Team Manager and Research Officer to join her team.
Location: Holyrood (with some work in local office or from home during recess)
Hours: Full time; 37 hours
Salary: £32,000

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.


  • Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact
    • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences as specified
    • Identifying forthcoming events, in turn promoting my work
    • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts
    • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate
  • 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
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials
  • Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen
    • Maintaining information systems to support communications
  • 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 (for example, Committee Convener, Party Spokesperson or Business Manager)
    • Overseeing all administrative procedures, ensuring documents are easily retrievable
  • Organising diary commitments and preparing for all activities
    • Arranging surgeries, meetings and travel
    • Arranging briefing papers and speeches
    • Communicating with parliamentary officials
    • Representing on my behalf as and when required
  • Carrying out general office administration and acting as front of office for enquiries
    • Responding to all incoming correspondence while professionally managing each enquiry within agreed timescales
    • Coordinating, tracking and monitoring the handling of enquiries and ensuring they are dealt with timely and professionally
    • Drafting written correspondence such as letters, requests for information and parliamentary questions and motions
  • Maintaining office records and compliance with data protection
    • Maintaining filing system and managing records
    • Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements
    • Ensuring administrative and secretarial support is provided

About You


You will:
  • Have excellent written, verbal and IT skills with accurate attention to detail
  • Have experience of managing staff with the ability to nurture and build effective teams
  • Be empathetic with the ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Be confident in managing budgets for staff resources and office provisions
  • Have a flexible and adaptable approach, being able to use good judgement and work on own initiative
  • Be well organised with the ability to prioritise competing workloads
  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent someone in a media-related capacity
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms
  • 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 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

The Selection Process

For any questions about the role please contact Pam Gosal MSP at

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: Midnight, Wednesday 23 June