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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 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.


Please see our current vacancies page for the latest job opportunities.

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Head of Management, Accounting & Planning


Contract terms: Fixed Term – until March 2017 with the possibility of extension or permanence, Full-time

Salary: £44,263 – £54,448

Location: Edinburgh

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays


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 Management Accounting and Planning function is part of the wider COPFS Finance and Procurement Team. The post-holder will be expected to be flexible in order to ensure that the team meets its objectives, not just their function’s.

The Finance and Procurement Team comprises 12 staff and is responsible for all aspects of finance and procurement for COPFS.

The COPFS Finance Division comprises of 3 functions – Management Accounting and Planning (MAP), Financial Accounting and Procurement – and comprises of 12 posts. The MAP function comprises 3 staff.

The Division has a clear strategic vision and direction and the team is working together to deliver that vision.  This is an opportunity to become part of a team that is aiming to deliver consistently excellent levels of performance.


The MAP function’s primary objectives include the allocation of resources within COPFS to ensure that each business area has resources commensurate with the workload it will face during the subsequent financial year. MAP monitor and report year to date actual expenditure and full year forecasts throughout the year to ensure that COPFS does not overspend but fully utilises the finite funding it has available. MAP is responsible for the completion of all pay remit calculations and submission of a return to the Scottish Government main.

The role also includes involvement on the Financial Accounting side, most notably supporting the production of the annual accounts.  The post holder will play a pivotal role in ensuring close coordination between the management and financial accounting functions within the Division.

The post-holder will lead and manage two Finance Business Partners (FBPs). This FBP role is evolving and success is dependent on streamlining current processes to free up time and allow the FBPs to become embedded in the business. Maximising the amount of time FBPs spend embedded in the business will be a key objective for the post-holder.

For full details please see the full advert within the application pack.

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.

Application packs are available to download below.

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 this vacancy is: 5pm, Friday 29 July 2016.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Head of Management Accounting Planning Full Advert.doc

Head of Management Accounting Planning Application Form.docx

External Application Form Guidance.docx

Head of Management Accounting Planning Note for Applicants.doc

Candidates Guide to Competency Based Recruitment.doc

Competency Framework 2016.pdf