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Police Workforce Senior Policy Officer

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Job summary

£39,312 - £47,065
Around 29.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Changes to policing in recent years have been ambitious and challenging, with the establishment of a single police service. Police Scotland is the UK's second largest Police service with a workforce of 23,000 officers and staff. Police Division is within Safer Communities Directorate, DG Education and Justice. We set the strategic direction for policing in Scotland and sponsor the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

We work in a high profile and fast paced environment, which provides opportunities for challenge and personal development. Police Workforce Team works closely with Police Scotland, SPA, and colleagues across Government, to facilitate excellent workforce practices and appropriate pay, terms and conditions for police officers and staff, and support effective policing. The team is friendly, supportive and flexible.

This post offers the opportunity to lead on a variety of workforce related issues and policy. It combines detailed delivery work with more strategic policy, and advice to Ministers. For example, the implementation of a new Restitution Fund to support victims of assault on police - working closely with Police staff associations, trade unions and charities. Also ensuring that regulations and determinations, which set out police officer pay and conditions in statute, are up to date. There will be opportunities to input on strategic workforce issues, such as the workforce mix, these issues are likely to vary over time. The post does not currently have line management responsibilities, but will have the support of a B2.

• Do you enjoy working collaboratively with a range of colleagues to deliver immediate and longer term goals?
• Do you have good planning and organisational skills, and the ability to work with autonomy and drive progress?
• Can you apply your analytical skills to new challenges, to inform advice?
• Do you have good communication skills, and the ability to work with external stakeholders and ministers?

If this sounds like you, and you would like to join our friendly and busy team, then this could be the post for you.

Main Duties
• Lead on the implementation of the Restitution Fund, ensuring it is fair, transparent and complies with legislation.
• Lead a programme of work to update determinations and regulations for police officer terms and conditions, working with SG Legal Directorate and the Police Negotiating Board.
• Liaise with Police Scotland, and UK Government, in relation to new reserved legal provisions on exemption from speed limits and implications for police driver training in Scotland, representing Scotland's interests and engaging Ministers.
• Engage on the delivery of Police Scotland's Strategic Workforce Plan, offering challenge where appropriate.

Role Responsibilities
• Lead on developing the approach for operation of the Restitution Fund, to support victims of assault on police, working with police workforce stakeholders.
• Lead on routine legislative work to update determinations and regulations for police officer terms and conditions, working with SG Legal Directorate and the Police Negotiating Board.
• Represent Scotland's interests and engage Ministers in relation to new reserved legal provisions on exemption from speed limits and implications for police driver training in Scotland, liaising with Police Scotland and UK Government,.
• Provide policy advice on strategic workforce issues as they arise

Essential Criteria
1. The ability to plan and prioritise workloads to deliver objectives in a high profile and busy environment.
2. Strong communication skills, both oral and written, including in relation to support for Ministers.
3. Excellent interpersonal and team working skills, with the ability to build positive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
4. Good analytical skills, with experience of using a range of evidence to develop policy advice and recommendations, drawing on experts as needed.

People Management
Improving Performance
Communications and Engagement
Analysis and Use of Evidence

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 12 months.

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
Sift - 10 December 2021
Interview - 11 January 2022

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure early release dates can be agreed.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact Marie Swinney at Marie.Swinney@gov.scot. To apply please complete the online application form.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot

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