National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Working for National Records of Scotland

Working for National Records of Scotland

Interested in working for National Records of Scotland?

National Records of Scotland employs approximately 430 staff working in a variety of roles for example, Archivists, Statisticians, conservators, customer services, exhibitions and finance.

In addition to recruiting for permanent roles, we offer Student Placements, Graduate Trainees and fixed term appointments.

Current Vacancies

Senior Data Engineer (B2) – Permanent

£33,120 - £37,936 + DDAT Pay supplement - £5000 per annum

Are you passionate about delivering quality services for the people of Scotland? Do you have excellent communication skills with experience in team working? Can you demonstrate strong planning and organisation skills, while prioritising workloads to meet deadlines?

If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity could be for you.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is the Scottish nation's record keeper and official source of demographic statistics – information about population, households, migration, vital events, life expectancy and electoral statistics.

We are currently looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join our team and help us manage Scotland’s data. With opportunities across diverse datasets and opportunities to innovate and introduce new ideas to help deliver data products that impact and enrich the lives of the people of Scotland.

For further information on this vacancy, please contact [email protected]. Click here to apply - Senior Data Engineer.


Lead Security Architect (C1) – Permanent

£52,355 - £65,276 + DDAT Pay supplement - £5000 per annum

Would you like a job where you can lead your own team in a fast paced, high priority area? Do you have excellent attention to detail and the confidence to advise and influence colleagues and stakeholders at all levels? Are you a strong people manager with excellent communication and analysis skills?

If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity could be for you.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is a Non-Ministerial Department of the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland's people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations. We are currently seeking applications for a Lead Security Architect.

The Lead Security Architect will be accountable and responsible for delivering enterprise-wide architectural solutions and may manage a team of Security Architects and Engineers. They are a key member of the Cyber Security, Risk and Resilience leadership team, providing strategic direction, anticipating challenges, driving performance and building the capability required to ensure the security of new and existing services.

For further information on this vacancy, please contact [email protected]otland.gov.uk. Click here to apply - Lead Security Architect.


Lead Solution Architect (C1) – Permanent

£52,355 - £65,276 + DDAT Pay supplement - £5000 per annum

Do you have excellent attention to detail and the confidence to advise and influence colleagues and stakeholders at all levels?

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is the Scottish nation's record keeper and official source of demographic statistics.

Our IT Services business area provides technology for the services NRS delivers to our customers.

You will, as the Lead Solution Architect, be accountable and responsible for delivering enterprise-wide technical architectural solutions resulting in an effective, efficient, sustainable NRS technical platform capable of supporting current and future IT solutions. The Lead Solution Architect is expected to lead a virtual teams of technical architects on a project by project basis.

You will take ownership of a solution across the project lifecycle and act as a ‘trusted advisor’ to stakeholders (internal and external) on best practice use of technology.

For further information on this vacancy, please contact [email protected]. Click here to apply - Lead Solution Architect


Indexing Development Lead (B3)

£41,642 - £49,860

We are currently seeking interest for an Indexing Development Lead (B3), in our Indexing Team within National Records of Scotland (NRS). This is a 12 month fixed-term (without fair and open competition) and pensionable appointment. The NRS Indexing Team provides a service as a trusted third party indexing agent, supporting the separation of function for data linkage projects. We work in partnership with the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland (electronic Data Research and Innovation Service, eDRIS), Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), Scottish Universities in Administrative Data Research Scotland and in the development of Research Data Scotland (RDS). For projects requiring linkage of datasets, the Indexing team role consists in identifying individuals across datasets (matching) and anonymising them (indexing). The team is moving towards a more automatized way of working and the aim of this post is to facilitate the implementation of new infrastructure and software. Previous experience coding in Python and learning new analytical skills and applying them to a project or task are desirable.

Further information about this opportunity and how to apply (188 KB PDF)


Estates Soft Services Facilities Manager (B2) – PERMANENT

£33,120 - £37,936

We are looking for an experienced Soft Services Facilities Manager to join the NRS Estates team with a background in developing essential processes and Service Level Agreements to work alongside other members of the estates team in establishing improvements in the management of the wide ranging estate.

The team manages 5 buildings in Edinburgh, three of which are iconic Category A listed buildings and sit in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. A sixth building provides essential office accommodation in Dumfries. A significant part of the estate provides archive storage facilities and we offer essential public access facilities.

The NRS Estates Team is responsible for all accommodation and facilities management services for NRS customers and staff to ensure:

  • buildings are maintained and managed to an appropriate standard and NRS complies with the relevant estates related legislation (i.e. health and safety, security, fire, buildings, equality, historic environment etc and sustainability);
  • facilities and estates services meet the day-to-day needs of NRS’ business, customers and staff, and environmental requirements of our records
  • innovative and efficient ways of using our buildings are progressed to support and enable change in line with NRS’ Vision, Purpose and Corporate Strategy and technology.
  • Works undertaken are planned to align with business requirements and recognise full life cycle costing, emerging best practice, Scottish Government carbon targets and conservation standards

For further information and to apply, simply visit www.work-for-scotland.org


Buildings Improvement Manager (B2) – PERMANENT

£33,120 - £37,936

We are currently seeking applications for an Estates Buildings Improvement Manager within National Records of Scotland based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

NRS occupies and manages five buildings in Edinburgh and one in Dumfries. Three of these buildings are iconic Grade A listed buildings located within the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site and New Town Conservation Area. This post will form a key part in advising and guiding NRS on the work required to manage and maintain its built estate.

You will report to the Estates Buildings Project Manager and work closely with key leads within the Estates and facilities team as well as other stakeholders within and external to NRS, playing a key role in planning and delivering ambitious asset and infrastructure improvements across the Estate. The NRS estate is evolving to ensure it provides an accessible, equitable and sustainable environment while adapting to meet changing customer and user requirements. Future projects will be measured in how they align against these policies and the forward planning of the organisation. Major mechanical and electrical infrastructure projects are planned on which you will play a key role.

For further information and to apply, simply visit www.work-for-scotland.org