Press Officers

£27,070 - £31,621 per annum + £5,041 specialist pay allowance
10 Jan 2013
21 Jan 2013
Press Officer
Full Time
Contract Type

£27,070 - £31,621 per annum + £5,041 specialist pay allowance

Based in London

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the economy. BIS: working together for growth.

There is a clear and active role for Government to create the conditions for the private sector to grow and remove unnecessary barriers that can stifle growth. And there is a strong role for BIS, in enabling this.

Almost everything that BIS does – from investing in skills to making markets more dynamic and reducing regulation, and from promoting trade to boosting innovation and helping people start and grow a business – helps drive growth.

The BIS communications team supports Ministers and the Department to deliver its objectives. You will be a key member of the BIS press office. Working to a Chief and Senior Press Officer, you will play an active role in developing and delivering creative and novel communications packages.

In addition to being an experienced communications professional, you should:

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Be able to work under pressure for sustained periods – while also maintaining sound judgement.
  • Give clear and trusted advice to Ministers and officials.
  • Have awareness of Ministerial priorities, departmental business objectives and the broader political/Governmental context.
  • Have an understanding of the needs of our audiences and the stakeholders that operate within this landscape.
  • Be confident and authoritative when speaking to the media on behalf of the Department.
  • Have good relationship management skills and be able to maintain key links with relevant policy and delivery people across BIS.
  • Be able to work with other government organisations and No.10 to co-ordinate presentation and policy.
  • Be aware of the rapidly changing nature of communications – and how to put that to good use.
  • Keep up-to-date with industry developments in communication through GCN and other professional networks.
  • Understand propriety guidance on media issues.

The post is full-time but applications from those proposing job share and/or flexible working arrangements will be considered.

You will be expected to take part in an out-of-hours duty rota for which you will be paid overtime.

Closing date: 5pm, 21 January 2013.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria, therefore please make this clear in your email.

BIS is an equal opportunities employer and aims to reflect the diversity of British society.

To apply, please click the "Apply Now" button and submit a current CV with a succinct (2 pages of A4) covering letter, demonstrating your suitability for this role and how your skills and experience match the person specification along with the diversity questionnaire from the recruitment brochure.