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Penston House, Macmerry, Tranent, EH33 1EX
£18,577 - £20,220 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent & Temporary
Position Type:
Full Time & Part Time
Work From Home:

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Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.  The salary advertised is full time (35 hours per week).  Part-time posts will be pro-rated accordingly.

Hourly rate of pay: £10.18-£11.08

Post 1 - 35 hours per week, permanent
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 & Friday 09.00 - 16.00
Start date to be confirmed

Post 2 - 17 hours 30 minutes  per week, permanent
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 12.30
Start date to be confirmed

Post 3 - 35 hours per week, temporary secondment cover for 12 months
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 & Friday 09.00 - 16.00
To start June / asap

An opportunity has arisen for 3 Senior Business Support Assistants to join our Council Support team located at Penston House, Macmerry. We are looking for  enthusiastic and experienced administrators, to assist with an range of administrative activities.   

Good communication and numeracy skills are required and you should be able to establish good working relationships with all levels of staff and have proven organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise your workload and use your own initiative.  You will have a commitment to delivering a high quality of customer service. A high level of flexibility is required as duties may change as the needs of the team changes. 

Home Working Consideration
These posts may be considered for home or hybrid working in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies, and the requirements of the service. Options will be discussed with candidates at interview. All employees must be based in the UK.

Please indicate which post(s) you would like to be considered for when you complete the application form.

Job Details

To provide general administrative, clerical and business support within the service area as advertised.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to ‘Higher’ level, NC or SVQ level 2 in English and/or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through relevant experience.

The preferred candidate for this position may be subject to a Basic Disclosure Check carried out by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on  

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail).  All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form.  Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form. 

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