March 26 2021

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) UK is recognised by the Government as the voice of the bus and coach industry and the consultative body on legislative and operational matters affecting the industry. CPT Scotland supports the work of CPT UK and is responsible for engaging with decision makers, policy officials, and CPT members on all devolved transport policy matters.

  • Contract: Permanent
  • Location: based in Edinburgh (although blended home and office working will be considered)
  • Working Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £25k-27k
  • Closing date: 23:59 on Friday 23rd April 2021

The Role

Can you help us deliver a comprehensive political monitoring and research offering to our members?  We are looking for a Public Affairs Executive to support the work of CPT Scotland’s Director as we build and promote the case for a supportive policy framework for bus and coach.

You will monitor parliamentary business and interpret how developments and policy changes may influence CPT members.  You’ll also prepare and deliver briefings to members and help to organise a wide range of CPT events. 

You’ll also spend time conducting and interpreting research and contributing to projects that help to maximise the profile of CPT.

About You

Educated to degree level, you will be exceptionally well organised and enjoy working as part of a small team.  Your communication skills, both verbal and written, will be well developed and you should be confident in your ability to be proactive and use your initiative.

Knowledge of the transport sector isn’t an essential requirement. However, you should be able to demonstrate a good grasp of the Scottish political landscape, particularly how public policy is created.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and a covering letter outlining what has attracted them to this position and what they could bring to it.

Job Description and Person Specification

Role: Public Affairs Executive

Location:  Edinburgh, Scotland

Reports to:  Director of CPT Scotland

Role Purpose:

  • To provide support to the Director and staff within CPT Scotland across all areas of work
  • To develop and maintain contacts with Members in Scotland
  • To assist in the organisation and arrangements of events for CPT Scotland
  • To monitor and report relevant Scottish political activity
  • Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • To process and disseminate all relevant information from the Scottish Government and associated bodies.
  • Monitor and report information, on a daily basis, from political and media sites, including the Scottish Parliament.
  • Deliver briefings to Members on matters which may affect or be of interest to them.
  • Undertake research as and when required for various projects or policies.
  • Contribute to parliamentary research.
  • Draft papers contributing to CPT Scotland policy.
  • Assist in the provision of information, advice and assistance to Members and ensure that all enquiries are dealt with effectively and efficiently.
  • Organise and facilitate meetings with key external groups, including preparing agendas, minuting meetings and ensuring that matters arising are actioned.
  • Provide information to CPT UK London Office, as and when required.
  • Undertake any other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the level and responsibilities of the post.
  • Work in harmony with all colleagues and communicate in an open and courteous manner with colleagues and members.
  • Actively and continuously review all work-related activities and suggest improvements.
  • Work in accordance with Company policies and procedures.

Person Specification:




Qualifications or standard of Education

Degree or equivalent standard of education

A degree in either Politics or Public Affairs


(Technical & Behavioural)




Excellent communication skills: both verbal and written.

Strong organisational skills: self and others.

Computer literate and familiarity with all MS Office packages.






Must be politically aware.

An understanding of the devolved elements of transport policy.





Experience of carrying out research and producing and delivering reports for a range of audiences.

Worked in a similar field and/or role; Worked previously in, or have an interest in, the transport industry.


Special Attributes




Able to work independently: be a self-starter, as well as part of a team; Able to interact with a wide variety of people/groups.




Other criteria for the role e.g. willingness to travel

Able to work additional hours



Willing to work outside of contractual hours on an occasional basis.


Willing to travel (throughout Scotland but occasionally London).



How to Apply

All applications should include a recent CV and a covering letter and should be sent to:


Post:   Paul White

CPT Scotland, 2 Walker Street, Edinburgh EH3 7LA

Interviews for the position will be held in Edinburgh during May 2021.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

CPT is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.  We welcome applications from people with the appropriate skills from all parts of the community.

Application Advice

An application is your opportunity to tell us why we should interview you. It's an excellent opportunity for you to create a good impression.

Make sure that you:

  • Tailor your answers to the specific job description and criteria in the person specification. Give real-life examples to demonstrate how you match the criteria.
  • You will only be shortlisted if you meet the essential requirements of the person specification. The decision to shortlist you for an interview will be solely based on the information you provide in your application form.
  • Keep your information relevant, concise and factual.
  • If the job is in a different sector from your previous experience, highlight transferable skills and draw links between the two.
  • Always check your spelling and grammar.

Good luck!