Parliamentary Research and Communications Manager for Owen Thompson MP

An opportunity has arisen for the role of a Parliamentary Research and Communications Manager to join the staff team of Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian.

The ideal candidate should have a thorough understanding of parliamentary procedures and knowledge and experience of campaign planning and media engagement.

A keen interest in politics is required, with the ideal candidate being supportive of Owen’s priorities and key campaign areas.

Salary band: £32,811 – £47,261, dependent on relevant skills and experience.

Location: Midlothian-based, with occasional hybrid working and travel to Westminster.

Key responsibilities:

  • To prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, speech writing, articles, and press releases.
  • To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House.
  • To analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues and establish and develop appropriate strategies around research development.
  • To respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists, and pressure groups dealing with complex queries and complaints on the MPs’ behalf, including drafting and signing letters and progressing casework as required.
  • Lead on project work as required, undertake research on relevant subjects as directed, producing, and presenting high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice.
  • Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency, researching local, regional, or national issues to support the MPs’ work.
  • Research and monitor local, regional, and national media coverage online and through social media and to brief the MP on relevant issues.
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, creating proactive and re-active communications with all media outlets. and prepare press releases/interviews as required (on constituency, non-party-political matters).
  • Design and develop engaging, targeted content and messages across a range of channels.
  • Publicise the MP’s parliamentary duties on social media.
  • Manage the MP’s website contents, ensuring media presence is meeting the demands of the constituents, the locality, and the MP.
  • Research local, regional, or national issues to support MP’s work, including preparing media briefings, supporting the MP’s office and objectives through highly effective communication.
  • Undertake supervisory responsibility as required.

Key requirements:

  • Sound knowledge or experience of working for an MP within Westminster, or other elected representatives, agencies, or relevant bodies.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to quickly assimilate and present data and information with proven research and report writing skills.
  • Clear and persuasive writing skills with experience of communications / PR work.
  • A thorough understanding of parliamentary procedure, campaign planning and project work.
  • Proficiency in media engagement, professional social media, and website management.
  • Experience of campaign planning with a sound background in research.
  • Strong IT skills, especially Microsoft packages.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with exceptional levels of organisation and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Candidates will be expected to be sympathetic to the aims and objectives of the Scottish National Party.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).

See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours, including assisting with events with the MP as requested.

Any other duties reasonably required to support the MP in his parliamentary duties.

Closing Date: Friday 17 February 2023

Interested candidates should include their CV including a cover letter outlining their suitability and motivation for the role.

Suitable applicants may be appointed before the closing date, at which point this advert will be removed.

Application Details: Interested applicants should submit a CV and covering letter setting out why they are interested in the role and how they meet the job description by email to: karen.green@parliament.uk

A high level of interest is expected and whilst we hope to acknowledge all applications, successful or otherwise, this cannot be guaranteed.