Vacancy for Stuart McMillan MSP

Researcher Based in Greenock Constituency Office

The position is full time but two part-time positions would be considered depending on applicants’ experience and skills.

The successful applicant/s will join the constituency team assisting Mr McMillan in his day to day duties as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Greenock and Inverclyde constituency and providing assistance to Mr. McMillan and an information service for constituents. The successful applicant/s must be organised with good time management, be self-motivated and be able to work within a small team.

Location: Constituency Office in Greenock with some travel to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Salary: £22,777 – £29,447 depending on skills and experience. The post attracts an employer’s pension contribution equivalent to 10% of salary.

Hours: The applicant/s will be required to work 35 hours per week.

Job Description (duties may include):


  • Providing accurate and detailed research on a wide range of devolved policy issues;
  • Deliver written and oral briefings as required;
  • Proactively engage with internal and external expertise and organisations;
  • Carrying out duties or projects delegated by the MSP, as required;
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a wide range of political and communications skills;
  • Working in a flexible and confidential manner at all times and as part of a team.


  • Dealing with research activities to assist with constituency casework and other enquiries as required;
  • Meeting with and corresponding with local organisations and constituents and drafting correspondence as required.

External and internal Liaison

  • Liaise with government agencies, voluntary sector, local authorities and others to resolve problems;
  • Maintaining records of client contact and following up issues;
  • Undertaking Consultations and Surveys;
  • Monitoring Parliamentary Business;
  • Dealing with Parliamentary Questions and Motions;
  • Managing communications to media;
  • Organise constituency/parliamentary meetings.

Skills Required

  • Attend surgeries and other meetings to assist MSP in dealing with research and constituents’ issues;
  • Assist with the work of other colleagues as required and communicate appropriately with internal and external contacts;
  • Occasional irregular hours and weekend work as required;
  • Flexible approach to working with the ability to work on own initiative and under time pressure;
  • Dealing with sensitive information and respecting the requirement of confidentiality at all times;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting Inverclyde and Scotland;
  • Excellent knowledge of Scottish and UK Politics;
  • Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office in particular MS Publisher;
  • Excellent Social Media Skills
  • High Quality literacy and numeracy skills;
  • Full Drivers Licence (preferable).

To apply, send your CV and a one page covering letter showing how you meet the requirements to Stuart McMillan MSP at

Closing Date for Applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th August.


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