Communications Lead - Marine Litter

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 2 Mar 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Communications / Marketing
Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

We are recruiting an important new post to lead and deliver proactive communications and engagement activities to support Cefas’ international marine litter portfolio. You will ensure that the excellence and impact of marine litter projects delivered by Cefas is understood and recognised across international and UK audiences and sectors. Work will involve supporting marine litter projects across Europe as well as internationally, especially the Overseas Territories and Commonwealth. Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the Cefas Monitoring Group, you will report to Cefas’ Head of Communications and work closely with lead scientists and communications team members. You will be expected to take a proactive, innovative and flexible approach to communicating our international activities to manage marine litter.

• Contribute to the development and implementation of Cefas marine litter portfolio by leading on litter communications and outreach.
• Provide options for communication strategies on the topic. Work with the Head of Communications and the wider communications team to develop and implement a communications strategy to ensure a coherent and co-ordinated approach to communicating Cefas’ international science leadership and delivery, with specific lead responsibility for current and new international programmes and projects in relation to marine litter.
• To ensure Cefas’ science delivery is visible to target audiences, you will devise and deliver communications plans that make full use of your marketing communications expertise including media and PR, social media, marketing/digital marketing, stakeholder engagement and events management.
• Provide advice and input to produce high-quality materials to support our external engagement e.g. digital and printed products, materials and presentations.
• Draft high-quality and impactful press releases, blogs, articles, speeches and internal briefs for senior staff, and develop rich visual content to help us to tell our story more effectively, including social media content and video.
• Represent Cefas effectively at all levels, both internally and externally, and across a range of sectors.

You will need to be able demonstrate professional expertise and experience across the full range of marketing communications disciplines, including:
• Media
• Social media
• Marketing and data/content visualisation (video, infographics, publications)
• Event management
• Stakeholder engagement.

• Experience of working in an international and/or governmental context.
• Relevant experience in the field of marine litter (e.g., knowledge of international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. Specific experience in the fields of recycling and waste management systems/solutions would also be advantageous.
• Professional qualification, such as CIM or CIPR.

The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential.

Person specification

Please outline your previous experience and skills relevant to the job description.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead competency Leading and Communicating, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

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

Helen Egar

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed.
Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

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