Closing Date – Thursday 11th June, 5pm

Salary: circa £37,000

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central and Shadow Minister for Brexit and EU Negotiations, is seeking a full time Senior Parliamentary Assistant in his busy Westminster Office to support him in his parliamentary and shadow ministerial work and to undertake a supervisory role. As a senior position, this would ideally suit a candidate with work experience in a similar field with a view to starting in post mid July.

This is a permanent position subject to satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period.

Key responsibilities

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
  • Deal with complex queries and complaints on the MPs’ behalf, including drafting and signing letters
  • Establish and develop appropriate strategies around research development
  • Have final sign-off 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
  • Manage and progress complex cases
  • 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
  • Take ownership of certain casework as required
  • 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
  • Undertake supervisory responsibility as required

Person Specification

  • A working knowledge of parliament and current affairs with good political judgement. The successful candidate will have relevant experience, ideally from working in Parliament
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal along with strong research and analytical skills with an emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to work effectively as part of a wider team as well as the ability to work independently without supervision
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines under pressure
  • Key IT skills including use of the Microsoft Office suite and knowledge of social media and basic website knowledge
  • Demonstrable commitment to Labour Party values

The successful applicant will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) in the Houses of Parliament.

A covering letter outlining the reasons why you believe you are suitable for the position along with a CV of no more than two sides of A4 should be sent to with the subject line – ‘First Name, Surname – Senior Parliamentary Assistant Vacancy’.

Please also enclose the contact details (incl. tel no) for two people (including your current or most recent employer) who can provide a reference. References will not be taken up until after the interview date.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 15th June and will be conducted remotely. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to complete a task prior to being interviewed.

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