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Reference: 76130

Date Added: 7 October 2020
Closing Date: 30 October 2020

Job Title: Chief of Staff

Working For: Robin Walker MP (Worcester)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Job Details

  • Collate all required information from team members to present to the MP
  • Conduct parliamentary research as required
  • Deal with security matters, keep abreast of security guidance, maintain the security system, liaise with external bodies as appropriate
  • Ensure the office is fully equipped
  • Exposure and management of complex cases
  • Have final signoff on all relevant delegated areas from the MP, for example constituent correspondence
  • Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required; proactively identify problems and resolve them
  • Identify training opportunities and ensure the office team maintain and develop knowledge of relevant legislation where appropriate
  • Lead and maintain a highly professional administrative support function for the MP’s office
  • Liaise with groups/personnel including at Westminster, within the constituency and the general public on the MP’s behalf as necessary
  • Manage the office team, ensuring accurate personnel records are kept and notifying IPSA of contractual changes as necessary
  • Overall management of the MP's diary commitments, delegating tasks to others as appropriate
  • Plan the MP's internal communications and external stakeholder engagement and provide strategic advice on constituent matters on behalf of the MP where appropriate
  • Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP and interest groups as required
  • Responsibility for managing all aspects of the budget, keeping the MP informed of all relevant financial matters and liaising with IPSA on office finance
  • Manage all IPSA claims and expenses on behalf of the MP and office
  • Support and manage the recruitment of staff for the MP’s office
  • Take ownership of certain casework as required
  • There may be requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP as required

Required skills:

• A genuine interest in helping constituents
• High standard of written communication and strong IT skills
• Personable and able to easily communicate with people
• Well organised with an ability to effectively manage own workload and deliver to tight time scales
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to work efficiently under pressure

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.

Closing Date: 30 October 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the successful candiate in post by the beginning of December 2020. A detailed handover with the existing Chief of Staff will be provided. Due to the senior nature of this role, applicants with previous parliamentary experience are preferred.

Application Details

Applicants should submit a CV (no more than two sides) and a cover letter (no more than one side) detailing why they are suitable for this role to robin.walker.mp@parliament.uk and we will only respond to applicants we intend to interview.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

Website: https://www.walker4worcester.com/

Additional Notes