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Reference: 92007

Date Added: 13 March 2024
Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Job Title: Senior Researcher

Working For: Jim McMahon MP

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA Pay Scales & dependent on experience

Length of Contract: Permanent subject to probationary period

Job Details

Jim McMahon MP is looking for a dedicated, experienced and hard working person to take up the role of Senior Researcher in his office in Westminster. This role will be working in tandem with his London Office and Constituency office supporting his work in and outside of Parliament, including his front bench brief and constituency commitments as part of a ‘One Team’ approach.


The role will focus on his work as a Shadow Minister, with oversight over his Westminster diary and experience in research, including policy papers and speech writing is essential.

Key Responsibilities;

- Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
- Deal with security matters, keep abreast of security guidance, maintain the security system, liaise with external bodies as appropriate
- Diary management
- Establish and develop appropriate strategies around research development
- 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
- Lead on project work as required
- Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
- Prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases
- Research and monitor local, regional and national media coverage online and through social media and brief the MP on relevant issues
- Research local, regional or national issues to support the MPs' work
- Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
- 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
- To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House
- To produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice
- Undertake research on relevant subjects as directed
- Some weekend and out of office hours may be required on occasion

Upon appointment you will be required to apply for security clearance, undertaken by the Security Vetting and Pass Office. See Members’ Staff Security Clearance page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held on the W/c 8/04/24 in London. 

Start Date; Immediate start or as soon as available following any notice period. 

Application Details

Please email a CV & cover letter to jim.mcmahon.mp@parliament.uk with the subject title; Senior Researcher Application

If you would like to have an informal chat regarding the role, please contact my office manager Kyle Phythian on kyle.phythian@parliament.uk or 07943575260

Website: http://www.jimmcmahon.co.uk/

Additional Notes