Managing Director, Research and Information & House of Commons Librarian

Ref: 5822

House of Commons

London, England

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Role Managed by:

Emma Cowan

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6289


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: The pay band for this role is Senior Commons Staff (SCS) 2 and the pay is expected to be approximately £110,000 per annum.

Closing Date: 13/06/2022

Formal Interview Date: 01/08/2022 (All day) (venue to be confirmed but likely to be a room in Portcullis House)

The House of Commons is a complex and fascinating place.  It combines traditions that date back to the earliest days of our democracy with all the demands of a modern, inclusive and dynamic workplace. With a workforce of over 2,800 people, the House of Commons Service covers an enormous range of skills – including procedural experts, security personnel, broadcasters, pastry chefs, doorkeepers and curators of works of art, and many other roles besides. The House also welcomes and manages (under normal circumstances) more than a million visitors a year who come to see the wonderful neo-gothic palace, part of a UNESCO world heritage site, and witness our Parliament in action. Our expert researchers, librarians and data analysts offer a vital support to MPs and their staff, and one that is highly valued.

The Managing Director of Research and Information is a member of the House of Commons Executive Board, giving research professionalism a presence at the Board, helping to take forward some of the most important objectives. The Research and Information team are responsible for the provision of an impartial, analytical and information service within the House of Commons Library and for the work of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology which works across both Houses and research producers. Our Corporate Business Plan provides more information about these objectives and the challenges ahead.  On a day-to-day basis, the team provides a wide range of impartial, non-partisan high quality, and well respected, research briefings to all Members, on legislation, debates and other topical issues.

The House of Commons is searching for an inspiring leader who will contribute to a unique and exciting organisation and play a crucial role in our parliamentary democracy. The Managing Director of Research and Information Services is responsible for a team of over 200 professionals and a budget of £14m and the successful candidate will therefore combine senior leadership experience and demonstrable strategic contributions to their organisation with sufficient experience in policy, research or analysis. Candidates should share the values of the House of Commons, be committed to upholding high standards of impartiality across all of their work, and be able to inspire confidence at the highest level of office, including with Members of both Houses of Parliament.

The Research and Information Service is a highly capable team and the next Managing Director will be an empowering and collaborative individual who furthers high performance and innovation and can champion diversity and inclusion within Parliament.

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Applications will need to be submitted no later than midnight (BST) on Monday 13th June 2022.

Salary: The pay band for this role is Senior Commons Staff (SCS) 2 and the pay is expected to be approximately £110,000 per annum.

Location: London, England

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