Senior Researcher – Foreign Affairs, Defence & International Trade

Employer: Scottish National Party Westminster Group

Title: Senior Researcher – Foreign Affairs, Defence & International Trade

Salary & Benefits: Starting at £35,525 (Band B/1). 10% employer pension contribution, 30 days annual leave

Deadline: Thursday 2 December, 12 noon.

Interview Dates: Week beginning 6th December 2021

Start Date: January 2022

Location: Initially remote, moving to hybrid system from early 2022, in House of Commons, Westminster, London.

Task: Candidates invited to interview will be asked to complete a short writing task


  • Draft research proposals and commission research projects
  • Provide written analysis on policy announcements
  • Undertake high level research using both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, related to this policy area.
  • Support the relevant Spokespeople and MPs scrutinise legislation and draft amendments, as well as support MPs parliamentary committee work and provide briefings and questions for parliamentary debates 
  • Identify and research policy development opportunities to reflect the Party’s manifesto and policy framework
  • Produce robust policy and political analysis for use in both internal and external communication
  • Develop strategies to maintain robust policy positions in the specialist area and other areas where there are clear connections
  • Identify and develop partnership opportunities with stakeholders such as, think tanks, associations, diplomatic community and other relevant organisations
  • Assist MP constituency offices with queries.
  • Generate content in collaboration with the Group Communications and Media team as required
  • Supervise and oversee the work of researchers in the key area of responsibility and carry out any other duties as required

Reporting to the Director of Research the incumbent will focus on dealing with complex issues and prominent topics related to the foreign affairs, defence and international trade policy areas, to support the SNP Westminster Group of MPs. The post holder should also demonstrate particular skills, abilities and experience as follows:


  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Excellent political and professional judgement
  • Previous work experience in international affairs preferred
  • Ability to research various public policy practices
  • Experience of dealing with public bodies or political organisations
  • Good time management and management ability and experience


Ideally an advanced Degree (Masters) in Political Science, Law, Economic & Social Affairs and/or other relevant studies.

Application Details: Applicants should apply via Indeed by Thursday 2nd December at 12noon. Late applications will not be accepted. Expected start date as soon as possible.