[ To skip navigation click here ]

PA/Business Support

Job summary

£24184 - £25709
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
17 August 2021 at midnight
IRC88222 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a PA/Business Support within the Office of the Advocate General based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This is an interesting and highly varied post with the Business Support Team (BST) in the Office of the Advocate General (OAG), based at Queen Elizabeth House, Edinburgh. Along with others in the BST you will be responsible for providing administrative support to solicitors across 3 divisions within OAG. There is a strong emphasis on working within a team environment, as the key aim of the BST is to ensure that delivery of support to OAG solicitors is of the highest standard. All members of the team are expected to make an effective contribution to this aim.

The Office of the Advocate General (OAG) is a UK Government department. It is the UK Government's Scottish Legal Team and provides advice to UK Government Departments, represents the UK Government in Courts and Tribunals in Scotland and supports the Advocate General as a UK Law Officer.
The Business Support Team supports approximately 40 solicitors across 3 Divisions and is made up 8 members of staff. The Business Manager (C1), the IT Engineer (B2), Assistant Business Manager (B1), 4 A3s and one A4 (this post).

Do you have excellent communication skills with experience in problem solving? Can you demonstrate strong planning and organisation skills, while prioritising workloads to meet deadlines? If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity to join the Office of the Advocate General could be for you.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1–3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Self-starter with the ability to plan and prioritise workloads to meet tight deadlines, managing competing priorities and working flexibly across teams.
2. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team, sharing information and communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders of a range of grades and seniority, building effective working relationships.
3. Strong verbal and written communication skills, with a proven track record for producing timely, high quality work, appropriate for a range of audiences.
4. Ability to work on own initiative, seeking support or advice from colleagues as appropriate.

Nationality Requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil  Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Katerina Munro at Katerina.munro@advocategeneral.gov.uk.

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. 

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.

Apply for this job

You should read each of the Essential Criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills. Remember, this must be evidence based and your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

Other things you can do with this job


Get Acrobat Reader You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF documents. To download it for free please click on the logo.