Based in Parliament, the Parliamentary Research Service (PRS) is a pooled research facility working for over 150 Labour MPs. The PRS provides information and research for its members in support of their parliamentary duties.
The Parliamentary Officer is an important part of the PRS team responsible for the smooth running of the PRS and the first point of contact for PRS members and their offices. The Parliamentary Officer also plays a key role in building relationships with PRS members and their offices as part of ensuring they are happy with the service they receive.
Main duties include:
- Managing the PRS inbox through which PRS members and their offices request work.
- PRS members access PRS materials through the PRS members-only website. The Parliamentary Officer is responsible for ensuring the PRS website is up to date in terms of materials and users;
- Overseeing the workflow system, including reporting the Director and Deputy Director on a daily basis on new requests to be added to the workflow, materials needing updates and when requests are nearing their turnaround target time;
- Supporting the Director in the business administration of the PRS;
- Conducting ad hoc research, data analysis, and administration tasks.
- Excellent communication skills and an ability to build up contacts internally and with external organisations;
- Self-motivated with sound judgement and an ability to use initiative;
- Well organised and able to work to tight deadlines and prioritise a varied workload;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Interest in politics and current affairs and a keen knowledge of the Parliamentary process;
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team.