Band D Press Officer

Companies House

Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Reference number

1556089

Salary

£26,927 - £33,031

Grade

Higher Executive Officer
Band D

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Digital Services

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

37 Full Time/Part Time/Job Share

Number of posts

1

Location

Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ

About the job

Job description

Working to the Stakeholder Manager, you will be responsible for the day to day running of the Companies House press office.

You will be the main point of contact for journalists, and will devise and implement proactive media handling strategies. You will work with others in the communications team and policy and operations colleagues to provide a swift, accurate service to journalists.

You will work with the Stakeholder Manager and Head of Communications to create and implement a reputation management strategy. You will use analytical and horizon-scanning skills to create timely reports for the Executive Board, highlighting potential opportunities or risks.

Working alongside the web content designers, and social media lead, you will create engaging and high-quality content for Companies House digital channels including our website, blog, and newsletter.


Key skills required
• Experience of news handling gained in media relations, PR, journalism or a similar communications role
• Excellent communications skills both written and verbal
• Interpersonal skills to build collaborative relationships with internal colleagues and other government press offices
• Analytical skills to evaluate impact of media activity
• Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work to tight press deadlines and manage competing priorities
• Ability to work on own initiative and quickly grasp complex issues

Please note Companies House press office operates during standard business hours. No out of hours working is required for this role.

Competencies

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
    Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit the team’s work and Companies House communication objectives
  • Collaborating and Partnering
    Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes.
  • Ideas
    Initiate and lead the development of both reactive and proactive, integrated media campaigns that build on insight and tracking data.
  • Implementation
    Demonstrate strong editing skills to ensure quality and timely press releases, rebuttals and lines to take in response to developing stories.
  • Impact
    Analyse media monitoring results to assess the effectiveness of media strategies and inform future proactive and reactive media campaigns.

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

Companies House looks after its staff and this is reflected in the benefits we are able to offer. We recognise our staff are integral towards our success and this is rewarded through a competitive salary, 30 days annual leave (based on full time hours) and a very generous pension scheme. Staff are individually rewarded for their work by way of Chief Executive and Directorate Awards. A Corporate Efficiency Award for all staff is available which is dependent on the organisations performance and efficiencies made throughout the financial year.
We pride ourselves on offering a quality work life balance for our staff. To provide this balance we offer flexible working, mobile working, and a childcare vouchers scheme. We look after the wellbeing of our staff. There is access to an Employee Assistant Programme and free eye tests.
We also have a range of social benefits. There is access to a discounted gymnasium, and membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club as well as an in-house choir.
Other benefits of working at Companies House include:
Free car parking
Training and development
Companies House staff discount scheme

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Candidates will be required to undertake an activity as part of the selection process
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews to be held at Companies House, Cardiff CF14 3UZ Dates TBC

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact infopoint@companieshouse.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:-

civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk
info@csc.gsi.gov.uk
Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road SW1A 2HQ

You may find it helpful to refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework when completing your competencies. The Government Communications Service https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/ website contains useful information on working in communications roles across government.

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