People & Culture - Human Resources
Advertising Salary:
£48,426 to £59,572

About The Role

Working pattern: This is a full-time post, however we are happy to talk flexible working.  The role is available to candidates who are interested in a hybrid model of working with the opportunity to work at Holyrood, Edinburgh and remotely. 

Working within the People and Culture Office, this is a role with a broad remit, partnering across the parliamentary service to assess the organisations current and future people resource requirements.  This is in the context of our People and Culture strategy and shaping attraction, selection and talent development approaches that achieve maximum return on investment and ensure a positive candidate experience. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with extensive experience in the recruitment industry and a collaborative, partnering and solutions-focused approach.  Working in partnership with the People and Change Partner, you’ll assess the Parliament’s current and future workforce needs and support managers to source, attract and onboard the very best people.

Reporting to the Head of People Services and Diversity and Inclusion, you’ll be responsible for:

  • leading the development of the Parliament’s recruitment strategy
  • ensuring that our policies, procedures and practices achieve successful outcomes aligned with our values, and positive candidate experiences
  • assessing resource requirements and leading the development of innovative, adaptable and responsive recruitment approaches.
You’ll work collaboratively with the People Services Manager to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of the People Services team so that high quality, market-aligned and values-driven recruitment services are delivered to the parliamentary service and MSPs, in their capacity as employers.  You’ll have direct management responsibility and encourage a culture where your team members are empowered to deliver high quality work which will enhance the reputation of the Parliament. 
You’ll combine your knowledge of the recruitment market with your specialist search and selection skills and your knowledge of business needs, drivers and requirements to ensure that the Parliament is able to attract the right candidates to fill our vacancies.  You’ll ensure our roles attract applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, developing proactive approaches to reach the maximum target audience and that candidates with potential are sourced, identified, and enabled to apply for our roles.  You’ll support Group Heads, Office Heads and Team Leaders to develop alternative approaches to filling roles; collaborating with colleagues in Organisational Development and Colleague Experience Office to create development programmes so that we ‘grow our own’ talent for roles which are hard to fill.
 You’ll work with Group Heads, Office Heads and Team Leaders to identify developing trends in the recruitment market, using insights, data and analysis to provide advice where challenging conditions might impact on the success of our recruitment efforts.  In particular, you’ll ensure that recruitment decisions are informed by knowledge and up to date benchmarking information in respect of salary trends.  Working with the People and Change Partner you’ll produce metrics that demonstrate the impact of our recruitment approach and outcomes achieved to support leadership insight and enable strategic decision making around workforce planning.
 For further information about the role please contact: [email protected].
 Please apply before 11:59 pm on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

About You


  • have extensive experience in the recruitment industry and/or delivering successful recruitment outcomes as an in-house recruitment specialist
  • have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build excellent, positive, and sustainable working relationships with colleagues across the parliamentary service
  • have extensive experience of tailoring recruitment approaches to create bespoke solutions that take account of and adapt to prevailing circumstances such as recruitment market conditions and internal requirements  
  • be able to work autonomously and use own initiative to develop methods of work to achieve defined outcomes with a minimum level of supervision. 
  • be highly organised and able to manage and prioritise multiple and competing demands in a complex political environment.
  • be able to see recruitment from the point of view of both the hiring manager and the candidate; ensuring that the process is a rewarding and positive experience for both.  

In your capacity as the parliament’s lead recruitment specialist you’ll be expected to challenge conventional ways of thinking and you’ll require experience, confidence and resilience to do this successfully.  Your focus will be on advising and, where necessary, challenging the way in which the parliament attracts and recruit’s talent. To do this you must have the ability to shift mindsets from a focus on immediate outcomes to longer term talent sourcing and development. 

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description.

The Selection Process

Stage 1 

We are a values-based organisation. Our values are a central part of our working culture and our people management processes. We use these to recruit, manage and develop our staff. For more information on our values and behaviours framework, please visit our values pages in our Staff Handbook . 

To apply for our roles, click 'apply' and this will allow you to register (if you’ve not already). 

You’ll be asked to write a values-based supporting statement based on the job description of the role you’re applying for. The job description will detail the main recruitment selection criteria under each value, in the sections titled “And in delivering these, you will have”. Your application will be assessed solely on your statement. 

You’ll need to provide one or more examples to cover each bullet point, in the four value sections entitled “And in delivering these you will have”   

  • Please provide details from your background or career, of where and how you have demonstrated that value.  
  • When completing and submitting the values-based statement to apply for this role:
  • Please provide evidence against each of our four values, a maximum of 400 words is allowed per value Please use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to address the key delivery requirements under each value in the Job Description
  • Each value should be clearly formatted, and your examples may include specific skills, experience, abilities, knowledge and strengths you have
  • We have a separate box on our system for you to input each value
  • Please do not input anything into the values boxes until you’re ready to submit your application
  • Please complete your answers to the questions offline, perhaps in Word, and then copy and paste your answers into the system when you're ready to submit your application
  • We recommend that you check your answers, by reading the inputted information in the box, when you've copied and pasted the information into the system, just to ensure it's all there
  • Please only click 'Next' to submit your application when you're content it’s complete. When you click “Next”, you don't have the option to go back
  • If you 'cancel' then your work won't be saved
  • The system will time out after an hour and your work will be lost if you don’t complete it in that time. You don't have the option to save your application and return to it later
  • If the system times out, you can go into your ‘candidate profile’ to access and complete your statement
  • If you mistakenly submit your statement prior to completing this on the system, please email [email protected] with full details of the role you’re applying for, what has happened, and your completed statement Please note that only your supporting statement will be submitted to Hiring Managers, without any personal details, and they will then select candidates for further assessment or interview. 

Stage 2  

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a virtual panel interview.  You may also be asked to undertake a written assessment or presentation.  Interviews will be held week commencing 24 October although this is subject to change.  

Feedback will only be provided on request to those who attend interview.  

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please email [email protected].


After the interview 

We’ll aim to let you know the outcome of your interview as soon as we can. This will normally be within 10 working days. If you’re unsuccessful at interview stage, you can ask us for feedback. We want to ensure a positive candidate experience, so we’ll also contact you to ask for your feedback on the whole recruitment process. 

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce 

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here. 

If you hold an adjustment passport, we encourage you to discuss your current working hours and adjustments in relation to the role you’re applying for.