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Current Vacancies 

HEAD OF FINANCE     
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms:

2 Years, fixed-term with the possibility of permanencyFull time

Salary:

Starting Salary would be £60,164 with the maximum salary on this scale being £69,396 subject to future COPFS pay awards.

Location:

Edinburgh

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • Flexible working hours (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

 ABOUT COPFS

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.

ABOUT THE ROLE 

Finance Division’s primary objective is to protect and support the Crown Agent as our Accountable Officer. This includes making sure that all funding is used effectively, efficiently and economically and that we drive a strong culture of planning, risk management and performance.The Finance function comprises of two branches: Financial & Systems Accounting and Management Accounting & Business Planning and has the following key deliverables:

  • Customer focussed expert advice and specialist services;
  • Strategic Financial Planning including support of Spending Review work;
  • Effective and equitable allocation of resources through the annual Business Planning round;
  • Ensuring the best use of those resources while remaining within budget through robust monthly budget management;
  • Costing and supporting the negotiation of pay settlements;
  • Production of the COPFS and QLTR Annual Accounts;
  • Payment of suppliers, witness expenses and staff travel and subsistence claims;
  • Preparation of statutory returns such as VAT returns;
  • Maintenance and development of Finance systems (Sun)
  • Ensuring effective finance processes and controls are in place.
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

  • The post-holder must have extensive experience of public sector and wider accounting standards, policies and practices in order to ensure compliance with legislation and Scottish Government guidance.
  • Applicants must be a CCAB or CIMA qualified accountant with extensive experience of working at middle or senior management level in finance.

 

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

Application packs are available to download from our website http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based and may include further assessment detailed in the Application Pack.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 16th August 2019 at 5pm

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

OTHER INFORMATION

 Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application Pack

Application Form

Do you want to be part of an organisation that makes a difference by helping to secure justice for the people of Scotland?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Scotland’s sole prosecution service in a fast paced and rewarding job role. 

Job Role 

Fiscal Officer – Band B

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Location

Edinburgh

Contract Terms 

Permanent, Full time

Starting Salary

Starting salary would be £19,263 with the maximum salary on this scale being £20,717 subject to future COPFS pay awards. All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff. We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years)
  • Flexible working hours (around core time period)
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions
  • Family friendly benefits

 About COPFS

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.Job DescriptionThis is an exciting entry level opportunity for someone looking to be in an interesting and fast paced role. You may be starting out in your career or already have an administrative background and looking for a change, but you should have an interest in the Criminal Justice Sector.You will be expected to work as part of a team to provide a first class service to your colleagues and service users such as, victims & witnesses and defence agents.   Whilst the role may vary from office to office, main duties will cover a range of administrative support and will generally include the administration of cases including:

  • Dealing with general enquiries relating to cases
  • Uploading and maintaining case information on internal IT systems
  • Assisting Legal staff in the administration and preparation of cases for court
  • Ensuring all witnesses are notified of their requirement to attend court
  • Ensuring the courts and defence agents have all relevant material prior to court hearings Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the role.

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum entry qualifications are 5 National 5’s at grades A-C (including English) or equivalent; or demonstrable experience of general office work.
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Good keyboard skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • An understanding of the work of COPFS
  • A desire to work in the Criminal Justice Sector

Some positions may have a requirement for a clean driving licence; however further information on these positions will be available during the recruitment process.

There are no age limits and suitability for the job will be the determining factor for selection. 

Application Information

 Full information and application packs are available to download from our website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 5pm on 16th August 2019

Please note we do not accept CVs.

COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and we must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

We are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer.

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

Application Pack

Application Form

 Finance and Finance Systems Support Officer

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 

Contract terms: Full time, Permanent

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: Starting salary would be £29,611 with the maximum salary on this scale being £33,155 pro rata. We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • Flexible working hours (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

 ABOUT COPFS 

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are 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.

ABOUT THE ROLE 

This role requires the successful applicant to draw on their expertise in leadership and management with an enquiring nature as well as attention to detail to ensure a co-ordinated approach to accounts payable in COPFS.                     

As a Finance Officer you will be a key member of the Finance Division and will report to the Finance Manager but you will also work closely with colleagues within the accounts payable team who deliver financial accounting functions.You will have line management responsibility for 4 staff.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

  • Have at least 4 Standard Grades/Nat 5 including Maths/ Accounting, or be qualified by experience;
  • Have proficient use of Microsoft Office including the use of Excel at an advanced level;
  • Comprehensive experience in controlling and administering a core finance/procurement system.
  • Have excellent organisational skills.

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

Application packs are available to download from our website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 5pm 16th of August 2019.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.  

OTHER INFORMATION 

Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.
Application Pack
Application Form

Legal Traineeships 2020/2021
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)

COPFS is seeking enthusiastic candidates for our Legal Traineeship programme.

COPFS is offering a number of Legal Traineeships with anticipated start dates commencing:March 2020, March 2021 and September 2021.The COPFS Legal Traineeship offers a wide range of experience and opportunities in the public prosecution service in Scotland. You will have the chance to explore the work of Crown Office, which is COPFS Headquarters.  The traineeship will involve undertaking a range of responsibilities within the Procurator Fiscal’s offices throughout Scotland.  This will include preparation and presentation of cases in summary courts.  If you successfully complete the traineeship you may enrol as a qualified solicitor in Scotland.Trainees will be required to work in Procurator Fiscal’s offices throughout Scotland on rotation. You may also spend a proportion of the traineeship working within another government agency.

Working for COPFS

Contract Terms
2 years fixed-term.

Starting Salary Y
Year 1 - £20,045 rising to £23,250 in year 2.

Our benefits
We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Civil Service pension
  • Family friendly benefits

Eligibility
Applicants will be required to have an LLB in Scots Law (or an equivalent Honours Degree in other subjects, combined with a degree in Scots Law) together with a valid Diploma in Legal Practice from a Scottish University, as well as an Entrance Certificate from the Law Society of Scotland.

Criteria/Assessment
Candidates will be required to demonstrate judgement and competence throughout the assessment process. This may include undertaking a technical assessment and/or presentation at the interview stage.

Closing Date
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the 6th of September 2019.

Other Information
Please also see our full application pack for the behavioural competences which are required for this role.
Application packs are available to download from our website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Selection will be competency based.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you require further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application Pack

Application Form

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Candidates Guidance and information on Competency Based Selection can be found on the Application Process tab at the top of this page.

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