Communications Officer job in London SWA at UK Government - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Employer - UK Government - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Job title - Communications Officer
Job Description

The planning role is critical to the effective running of communications at DCMS. The planner ensures information and announcements across our wide-ranging policy and programme remit are coordinated within the department and across government, working closely with No10 and the Cabinet Office.

What we’re looking for:

A tenacious and hard-working professional who can handle competing deadlines, multiple stakeholders and large volumes of information. You will be a strong critical thinker and communicator, able to present and write clearly and concisely.

You’ll be able to get to grips with complex information and explain it to stakeholders, securing their agreement to the approach proposed on behalf of your news, digital and campaigns colleagues. You will be able to work with senior officials to identify future opportunities across the breadth of our work.

You will be flexible and responsive to changing priorities, able to evidence your ability to interrogate problems, plan and think strategically to deploy communications for the best outcomes.

You’ll be a collaborator who can bring the right people together and get the best out of them. You will also be able to hold people to account, secure information in a timely way and challenge thinking.

You will have a background in communications, public affairs or stakeholder engagement or can demonstrate similar, transferable skills.
Responsibilities What you’ll be doing:

You will be responsible for creating and maintaining an overview of all DCMS announcements and major comms activities. You will act as the central point of contact for communications planning.

You will work closely with our news, digital, campaigns and internal comms teams on how we package and schedule communications activity. You work equally closely with DCMS policy and programme officials and with communications colleagues across our Arms-Length Bodies and wider government.

Horizon scanning will be a key part of your work - thinking laterally and interrogating a range of information sources to build a forward-look of policy announcements and external events for 3 to 6 months ahead and facilitating discussion about how best to package and schedule communications.

You will attend weekly No 10 meetings to discuss and agree departmental plans for upcoming activity.

Personal attributes and skills include:

Adept at handling large volumes of information, you will be able to sift, interrogate and situate it within the HMG agenda and present it to others in a clear, concise and compelling way.
Well-organised, you will be able to work at pace, prioritise competing demands and respond to change. You’ll need to be calm under pressure and able to make quick decisions at times.
You will be able to balance detailed final planning with horizon-scanning, demonstrating your experience of taking both a strategic approach and the day to day delivery of these plans.
A self-starter, you will be tenacious in finding solutions with experience of operating within and finding ways through existing structures and processes for the right outcome.
Aware of corporate risk and able to balance sensitivities while promoting creativity. You will have experience of providing advice to senior leaders, challenging when needed.
Strong interpersonal skills and able to build productive relationships at all levels.
What we’ll give you

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Job Location London SWA
Date Posted 19 Aug 2020
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