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Please see below for current vacancies  - If you would like to be advised of any future vacancies, please email our Recruitment team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) detailing your name, contact details, location and type of role you are wishing to be advised of. 

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 1650 staff. About 400 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.

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.

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 " Two Ticks" Disability Symbol on 18 July 2008. The symbol 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.

Investors in People ensures that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is committed to developing staff and providing access to a range of learning opportunities.

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 - we are an Investor in People
  • 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
  • Staff Welfare
  • Generous Pension Package - You will have the option to choose between:

Alpha - an occupational defined benefit pension scheme

Partnership pension account - a personal pension, on the Stakeholder pension model, with an employer contribution based on member age. On top of this the employer will match member contributions £ for £ up to 3% of pay.

 

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Current Vacancies 

HR ADMINISTRATOR

Contract terms: Fixed term until June 2017 with the possibility of extension, Full time
Salary:   £18,113 per annum
Location: Edinburgh, Crown Office
25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays per annum
Flexible Working Hours 

ABOUT  US
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
This is an exciting entry level opportunity for someone looking to start their career in HR.  You will be part of a small but integral HR Department providing advice and support to managers and employees alike.  

ABOUT YOU
You may be starting out in your career with a good understanding of Microsoft Office or already have an administrative background, but you will have a keen interest in Human Resources and providing a first class service.

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
5 standard grades/ National Level 5 (including English, all at grades 1-3 or A-C) or equivalent; or proven experience of general office work

OTHER INFORMATION
Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

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

For an application form and further information, please download a full application pack from our website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

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: 5pm 17 February 2017

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

1. HR Advisor Full advert.pdf

2. Note for Applicants.pdf

3. EXTERNAL APPLICATION FORM GUIDANCE - V1.1 January 2016.pdf

4. Completing your Application Form and Attending Interview.pdf

5. External Application Form General V1.3 Jan 2016.docx

 

TECHNICAL LEAD

Contract terms: Permanent, Full-time
Salary:   £34,858 - £42,004 (+ £4000 IT allowance)
Location: Edinburgh
25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays + Flexitime

ABOUT US
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. The Information Services Division is responsible for delivering wide ranging IT information systems to around 1,700 COPFS staff based in offices across Scotland and to external customers and stakeholders. These include criminal case management systems critical to the delivery of justice in Scotland, managing highly sensitive data and linking to systems operated by Police Scotland and Courts service. In addition, ISD is involved in a number of challenging and innovative projects to support corporate business needs and to develop the strategic aims of COPFS.

ABOUT THE ROLE
This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in leading and driving a team of around eight software developers delivering innovative digital application solutions to meet the strategic needs of COPFS and to continuously improve the delivery of services to Scotland’s justice sector. As the driving force behind COPFS in-house applications development team, you will work on web based applications to support case management and corporate applications within COPFS. These systems support our 1,700 staff to process over 300,000 reports (290,000 criminal reports and 10,000 death reports) every year and manage a national database over 7TB in size. The main technologies in the team’s current portfolio include Java, Tomcat Wildfly, Spring Suite, Oracle RDBMs, Angular and Java Prime Faces. COPFS digital strategy will see this team taking on more responsibility to replace and transform existing legacy case management systems (mostly written in VB6) into a modular service oriented architecture, introducing new frameworks such as React, React Native, Electron and Node.js with of the goal of rationalising corporate business processes, accelerating enterprise mobility and modernising COPFS innovative case management systems.

We require you to have:

  • Degree in Computer Science or related subject or equivalent experience
  • Proven technical experience in designing, developing and implementing digital applications solutions within enterprise environments, using knowledge of current and emerging technologies and methodologies effectively.
  • Strong hands on experience of full stack web development using Java, including Java Spring framework, Apache Tomcat, HTML5, CSS and Javascript /AJAX, RDBMs, SQL.
  • Experience of leading a software team, taking responsibility for others work or mentoring junior developers.
  • Javascript web frameworks such as Angular, React, Backbone, Bootstrap.

It would be useful if you also had one or more of the following:

  • Build tools e.g subversion, GIT and maven. Web Services; Docker; Java Message Services (JMS); .NET, Visual Basic 6; Jenkins, Travis; Ansible; Typescript, ES6; Oracle PL/SQL; UNIX or Linux; Automated testing e.g. Unit, Integration, Acceptance; Apache/Tomcat; Mobile technologies; Dev Ops.

Benefits of working at COPFS include:

  • 25 day paid leave + Public and privilege holidays
  • Family friendly and flexible working hours scheme
  • Generous Pension Package
  • Performance related pay
  • Professional development and training programme
  • £4000 IT allowance on top of base salary for ISD roles
  • Financial schemes including Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work and Interest Free travel ticket loans
  • Employee Assistance Programme

 

PLEASE NOTE

The closing date for this vacancy is: 5pm on 19 February 2017 

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. 

1. Technical Lead Full advert.pdf

2. Technical Lead Note for Applicants.pdf

3. Candidates Guide to Competency Based Selection.pdf

4. Competency Framework.pdf

5. Technical Interview Guidance Note.pdf

6. External Application Form.docx

7. Eligibility Requirements Form.docx

 

LEGAL TRAINEESHIPS 2018

Salary:     £17,545 - Year 1 

                 £21,012 - Year 2 

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is offering a number of Legal Traineeships commencing in August 2018 with some appointments potentially starting in February 2019.

The COPFS Traineeship offers a wide range of experiences and opportunities within the public prosecution service in Scotland.  Trainees have the chance to explore the work of Divisions and Units within the Crown Office, which is the Headquarters of COPFS, as well as experiencing a range of the responsibilities of a prosecutor in the offices of the  Procurator Fiscal across Scotland, including the preparation and presentation of the prosecution case in summary courts.

As a COPFS Trainee, you will be expected to work in offices across all areas of Scotland on rotation.

Applications are invited from graduates in Scots Law (or an equivalent Honours Degree in other subjects, combined with a degree in Scots Law) who have obtained, or expect to obtain, a Diploma in Legal Practice from a Scottish university and an entrance certificate from the Law Society of Scotland before their anticipated start date.  

The COPFS traineeship would particularly suit candidates with knowledge and/or experience in criminal law.

Appointments will be for a fixed term period of two years. 
If you successfully complete the traineeship you can enrol as a qualified solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland.

Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

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

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.  

Closing date for these vacancies is: Due to technical fault on website the closing date has been extended to 5pm on the 24/02/17.


We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

1. Traineeship 2018 External Application Form.docx

2. Traineeship 2018 External Application Form Guidance.pdf

3. Competency Framework.pdf

 4. COPFS Legal Traineeship 2018.pdf