Director of Communications

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 1st October 2021

 

Reference number

144604

Salary

£120,000

Grade

SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Communications / Marketing
Digital
Senior leadership
Strategy

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Location

London, Manchester

About the job

Summary

This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as we work on building a stronger, greener future for the UK by fighting COVID-19, tackling climate change, unleashing innovation, and making the UK a great place to work and do business. BEIS is a stimulating, inspiring organisation, offering challenging work which really makes a difference, as well as the opportunity to progress your career.

Sitting within the Corporate Services directorate, the Communications function supports the whole of the Department. As Director of Communications, you will be the strategic lead for all of BEIS’ communications and play a pivotal role at the heart of BEIS. You will be an important member of BEIS’ senior leadership team, sitting on the Department’s Executive Committee and providing oversight of internal communications at a crucial time of change towards hybrid working and expansion in sites outside of London.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be an exceptional senior communications leader with political sensitivity and a strong track record of delivery in large, complex organisations. You need to be able to build strong professional relationships internally and externally at the most senior levels. In addition, you will also need to have demonstrable experience of thinking and acting strategically and delivering timely, practical, and innovative communication solutions to complex issues in high profile, often fast-moving situations.

Job description

As Director of Communications, your role will be to devise and implement communications strategies to support the department’s aims of ensuring the economy grows strongly in all parts of the country, based on a robust industrial strategy and that the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable, and clean.

You will lead a team of approximately 100 professionals covering all aspects of communications: strategic communications, data and insight, media and external affairs, digital, marketing and PR, and internal communications. You will be responsible for coaching and developing a high-performing team, driving innovation in the development of the most modern communications techniques, as well as setting the highest professional standards.

See Key responsibilities in the candidate pack attached.

Responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you will need to be an exceptional senior communications leader with a strong track record of delivery in large, complex organisations. In addition, you will also need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following essential criteria:

• Demonstrable experience of thinking and acting strategically and delivering timely, practical, and innovative communication solutions to complex issues in high profile, often fast-moving situations, both internally and externally.

• A proven track record of providing leadership at a senior level in a large and complex organisation, demonstrating your ability to inspire and develop your team.

• Evidence of demonstrating political sensitivity, a highly proactive and collaborative approach, excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and the professionalism to command confidence with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, both inside and outside the government and the media.

• Demonstrable experience of the full range of communications disciplines, in particular, media relations and reputation management as well as evidence of the ability to apply the most modern communication approaches.

• Strong resilience, able to deal with ambiguity, and with experience of operating in a complex, high profile, and demanding environment, subject to scrutiny

Benefits

BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home-working and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

For the full list and to see our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please see the attached Employee Offer booklet.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the following documents listed for this role. These should be completed no later than 23:55 on Friday October 1st 2021 and emailed directly to: applications@audeliss.com

1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

3. A Diversity Information form.

4. If applicable, the DCS Guaranteed Interview Scheme form.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Samantha Negbenebor
Email :  samanthan@audeliss.com
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  applications@audeliss.com

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