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Reference: 84829

Date Added: 28 June 2022
Closing Date: 28 August 2022

Job Title: Chief of Staff

Working For: James Duddridge MP (Rochford and Southend East)

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: 1 year (Maternity Cover)

Job Details

Main responsibilities:

• Ensure the smooth running of Mr Duddridge’s Parliamentary & constituency office, including delegating and overseeing the work of colleagues and providing high quality and effective support to the MP for his Parliamentary and constituency work.
• Horizon-scanning, anticipating what advice/action may be required, and proactively identifying and resolving problems.
• Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public, organisations in the constituency and constituents through a variety of methods to support his work.
• Have final sign-off on relevant delegated areas, including casework, HR functions, IPSA budgets and office administration.
• Plan Mr Duddridge’s diary and external stakeholder engagement and provide strategic advice on constituency matters.
• Collating information and keeping Mr Duddridge informed of relevant national, parliamentary and constituency developments.
• Deal with security matters, keep abreast of security guidance, maintain the security system, liaise with external bodies as appropriate
• Conducting research and performing other ad hoc and administrative tasks, including casework.

There may be a requirement to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

• Strong political antennae, judgement & feel for working effectively in the Westminster world
• Highly organised manner with the ability to manage and prioritise a large and diverse workload
• Exceptional written, oral & communication skills
• The ability to work to tight deadlines calmly and while under pressure
• Be at ease working with MPs and other senior figures
• Personal initiative, commitment, and a proactive work ethic
• Strong attention to detail and analytical skills
• An interest in current affairs, local and national politics and sympathy with Conservative Part values. 

Local knowledge of the area and the issues that its residents and businesses face would be an advantage.The successful applicant will likely have a minimum of 2 years’ parliamentary or equivalent experience.

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: 28 August 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and an appointment will be made before the closing date if the right candidate is found. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

The successful candidate would ideally start on 26th September.

Application Details

Please send CV and covering letter (no more than a side of A4) to Pindie Fanibe: pindie.fanibe@parliament.uk please put maternity cover in the subject box of email. 

Website: http://www.jamesduddridge.com/

Additional Notes