Content editor

Department of Health

Closing date: 28 May 2017

Reference number



£29,097 (Outer London) / £30,901 (Inner London) - £29,832 (Outer London) / £31,582 (Inner London)


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

SER - Communications - Content and Channels team

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern

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



Number of posts




About the job

Job description

The Department of Health is looking for a brilliant content editor to join the content and channels team.

You will work in a small team of content specialists, who manage the department’s presence on GOV.UK and other digital channels, including our intranet and social media. You will also work closely with colleagues responsible for digital engagement and creative content production.

You will be a skilled editor with excellent attention to detail. You will also know how to write simply and clearly, with the user in mind, and you will have the confidence to champion high-quality content within the organisation.

The successful applicant will:

• Design and write content for GOV.UK
• Ensure content is user-focused and consistently meets publishing standards.
• Review, edit and publish content to strict deadlines using content management systems.
• Work with colleagues to co-ordinate digital content production.
• Produce and publish content for our digital channels and evaluate the impact.
• Provide specialist advice to staff across the department on using digital communication channels effectively.
• Develop excellent working relationships across the department.

You’ll need to demonstrate your experience of:

• Writing for the web, with proven ability to create content that is accessible and usable.
• Producing content based on user needs.
• Managing relationships with stakeholders.
• Working with content publishing systems.
• Using a style guide to produce consistent content.
• Using your negotiating and influencing skills to get results.
• Working flexibly with team members to deliver shared goals to tight deadlines.

You will be expected to demonstrate substantial editorial experience and excellent writing skills.


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

  • Communications - Ideas: Digital
  • Communications - Implementation: Digital
  • Communications - Impact: Digital
  • Communications - Insight: Digital



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the competencies listed above. Please refer to the Government Communication Professional Competency Framework attached at the bottom of this vacancy.

An initial sift based on the lead competence Communications - Ideas: Digital may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.

If your application progresses beyond sift, you will be expected to do a writing/editing test and attend a competency-based interview.

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.


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

For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Anna Hepburn, Head of Content and Channels
020 7210 2778

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a Disclosure and Barring Security Check may be carried out.

Further information

Applicants who are successful at interview, will as part of pre-employment screening be subject to a check of their personal details against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about previous civil service employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. The check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave, but would have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s whose details are included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstance.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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