Human Resources
£28,003 - £34,718

About The Role

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes. We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account.

The Human Resources (HR) Office is responsible for providing a full range of human resource services for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and their staff.  

This temporary role is to support our Members’ Services team in the run up to next year’s Scottish General Election, and in the period after.  A key aspect of the role will be to support MSPs who are standing down with the consultation process for staff affected by this decision and managing the redundancy process on behalf of MSPs who are not returned.  You’ll also have the opportunity to support new MSPs in developing their office structures, helping them advertise, recruit and induct their staff.

The run up to an election and especially the period after is an incredibly busy time for the team.  We already know that a number of MSPs are standing down and others may not be returned, so you will be supporting multiple redundancy processes at any one time.  This will involve working autonomously, accurately, and at a fast pace, whilst all the time recognising the sensitivity of the situation for MSPs and their employees.  You’ll also be advising a large number of new MSPs about their role as an employer, helping them establish what support they need, recruit effectively and providing day to day advice.  There will be a greater volume of new MSP staff starting and you’ll also be supporting provision of their induction and development programmes.

The start date for this role will be September 2020.

For further information about the role, please contact Amy Macgillivray,  Amy.Macgillivray@parliament.scot.

About You

You must be CIPD qualified with extensive relevant experience, including redundancy handling.  You will have the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to provide credible employee relations advice (including handling redundancies, employment contracts recruitment and induction processes).  You’ll be able to manage your own workload, without significant direction. 

You’ll care about people, with empathy and resilience to deal with sometimes sensitive and difficult situations.  You’ll need good communication skills with the ability to clearly explain options and persuade people why a course of action would be advisable.

You will also have the ability to form effective relationships with our service users so that they are confident in approaching you for advice.  At the same time you will need to be able to stand your ground and remain consistent in the advice you give, particularly when being challenged by someone more senior than you.

You’ll be a good problem solver with the ability to come up with practical solutions. You will be able to pro-actively manage cases to resolution ensuring as successful an outcome as possible. 

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

Please apply before 5 pm on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Full details of our selection process is outlined below.

Our Selection Process

The first stage tests the minimum criteria for the role. 

Given the circumstances in relation to covid-19, interviews will take place remotely through Microsoft Teams.  We can be flexible in terms of dates/timings due to the current circumstances.

One of our HR colleagues will be on hand to answer any queries you may have throughout the process. 

Stage 1 

Click 'apply' and this will allow you to register and answer 4 questions based on some of the essential criteria for the role.

You should also upload your CV and provide a supporting statement.

These must be uploaded in one document, in Word or equivalent format (maximum 1GB).  

  • Your CV should be no more than 2 pages of A4, setting out your career history, responsibilities and achievements.Please see my world of work for an example CV.
  • Your supporting statement of no longer than 2 pages should address the values and essential criteria as outlined in the job description.The supporting statement is an important part of your application and has equal importance to your CV.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your application via the online process.  The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 12 August 2020. 

Stage 2 

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a face to face panel interview.  This stage will also include an assessment exercise. 

Depending on the number of applications received we may amend this process.

Interviews are due to take place by the end of August.

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

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.