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Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is the public authority in Scotland responsible for deciding whether to prosecute people who have committed a criminal offence, and for conducting criminal prosecutions. It also has the responsibility for the investigation of all sudden, suspicious and unexplained deaths.

COPFS employs around 1700 staff. About 500 of these staff are lawyers, but in support of the process of bringing cases to court, we employ people in a wide range of other posts. Every year we deal with more than 290,000 reports on offences committed, supplied by the police and many other reporting agencies.

Please see below for current vacancies.


Recruitment Policy Statement

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from people from ethnic minority communities, women and people with disabilities.

Our policy is to provide equality of opportunity in relation to employment, career development and promotion to all, where eligible, on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work. Being part of the Civil Service selection is on the grounds of fair and open competition and irrespective of applicants' sex (including those intending to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone gender reassignment treatment), marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religion/belief.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service was awarded the Disability Confident status. This is given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who are committed to the fair employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people. It shows disabled applicants that we welcome their application and will assess them on their abilities.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles ensures that the recruitment process of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service meets their requirements.

Benefits of working at COPFS

There is a range of benefits available to staff, including: 

  • Performance related pay
  • Strong development and training policies
  • Interest free travel season ticket loans
  • Active equal opportunities policy
  • Opportunity to join the Staff Disability Advisory Group
  • Opportunity to join Proud in COPFS - our LGBT staff network group
  • Generous annual leave and public and privilege holiday package
  • Flexible working hours scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous Pension Package


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Current Vacancies  



Contract terms:

£27,912 - £30,942 per annum pro rata

Edinburgh or Glasgow

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays

Flexible Working Hours 


The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all crime in Scotland; the investigation of deaths which require further explanation; and the investigation of complaints against the police.


Approximately a third of the COPFS budget is spent on external goods/services/works. The Central Procurement Team (CPT) plays a vital part in that activity.

Budgetary pressures dictate that we seek to minimise external expenditure in order to maximise the amount of budget that is available for staffing. The CPT’s role is therefore to drive the realisation of identifiable cash/budget reducing savings and to contribute to the wider government economic agenda including improving business opportunities for SMEs and delivering the Sustainability agenda.

Procurement and Contract Management covers the process of acquiring goods and services from third parties, from the identification of a requirement and the preparation of a Business Case, through to the end of the contract/useful life of an asset.

The COPFS procurement strategy recognises the importance of:

  1. Obtaining best value for money;

  2. Complying with EU legislation and Scottish Government guidance;

  3. Ensuring that there is good governance around all of our expenditure.

Continuous improvement

The CPT has a wide ranging remit designed to improve our procurement capability and capacity. We are driving forward the Strategic Transformation of Procurement which has 4 work strands: Governance, Contract letting/re-letting, Contract Management and the eradication of all Off Contract Expenditure.

Two of the tactical objectives are to drive forward: more strategic investment planning and more timeous planning of individual procurement exercises.

At the operational level we work closely with Service User Leads (a variation on SG Delegated Procurement Officers) and other stakeholders in the business to let/re-let and manage contracts.

This post will play a key role in delivering the successful transformation of procurement in COPFS.

Stakeholder management

The successful candidate will not only understand procurement processes but will also be a people person, with highly developed interpersonal skills, enabling them to ensure successful outcomes from discussions with COPFS colleagues and suppliers.


This post will require a formal qualification or solid knowledge and experience of:

    • Procurement processes; and/or
    • The work that COPFS does within the wider justice system.

Candidates who meet only one of these requirements will be considered provided that they commit to obtaining the second within a reasonable time frame.

Application packs are available to download from our website

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 25th September at 5pm

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 Procurement Officer - FULL ADVERT.pdf

 Note for External Applicants.pdf


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