Ministerial Speechwriter

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,039 to £68,969
03 Jan 2017
25 Jan 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Could you explain why it’s so crucial for society that we reform our prisons and modernise our courts?

Could you compose a vivid and powerful address for the Lord Chancellor to deliver on a solemn ceremonial State occasion?

Would you like to use your considerable writing and communications skills – and your passion for accuracy - in one of the government’s most important and diverse departments?

If so, then we look forward to hearing from you as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is looking for a talented, confident and experienced speechwriter to work at senior level for the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor and other ministers.


The principal role of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to uphold the rule of law, the cornerstone of the British way of life. It delivers services that are some of the most fundamental in a democratic society. In doing so it has responsibility for a number of the key elements of the justice system, including prisons, courts, tribunals, legal services, youth justice and the probation service.

The Ministry of Justice supports the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor, the Rt. Hon Elizabeth Truss MP and her Ministerial team to deliver the government’s programme. Our work spans criminal, civil, family and administrative justice, together with responsibility for making new law and safeguarding human rights. The Ministry works in partnership with other government departments and agencies to serve the public, improve the justice system and support victims of crime.

The department and its network of five delivery Executive Agencies employ around 65,000 people. The largest Agency is the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), covering prisons and probation. Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS), the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and the Criminal Injuries and Compensation Authority (CICA) are also in our network. In addition, the MoJ is responsible for over 30 Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs).

For more information please see our website.


With major reforms underway across all areas of the prison, justice and courts system, we are looking for an exceptional professional to fill a fast-paced speechwriting role at the heart of an exciting and busy department.

Working as part of the MOJ’s friendly External Communications team, alongside another speechwriter at the same grade, you will have the ability and skill to provide a top-quality writing service to the Secretary of State, the wider ministerial team, special advisers and across the department.

You will have the confidence to take the lead with officials in identifying suitable speech material, while carrying out primary research to uncover relevant and compelling content.

You will have the ability to adjust your prose style to match the tone and approach of the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor, and other ministers.

You will also appreciate the need to tailor your writing style as appropriate for a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders – from offenders to senior members of the judiciary.

We are looking for someone capable of producing strong, accurate and engaging material that informs and persuades audiences, and reflects the departmental priorities.

Although your priority will be drafting speeches for high-profile ceremonial and public State and parliamentary events, you should also be prepared to draft other written and oral material: this may include Parliamentary statements, pieces for the media and other key departmental announcements and messages.

This is a stimulating and fascinating brief that covers a key aspect of society on which we all depend: the justice system and public protection. The MoJ is pushing ahead with reforms of prisons, probation and youth justice and the world’s most far-reaching courts modernisation programme. In Global Britain, the department will be at the vanguard of promoting British legal services overseas.

This is both a demanding and rewarding role, in which the successful candidate will work closely with senior officials across the organisation. An ability to work under pressure and to very short deadlines is essential.

You will have a proven track record in being able to analyse, develop and present a high volume of complex information in a succinct and eye-catching way.

In this role you will:

  • Be a key part of a small writing team that produces speeches for the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
  • Work with strategy and policy officials to draft speeches and other communications products for the wider Ministerial team as necessary.
  • Produce clear, compelling, well-argued products and effectively evaluate their impact on audiences.
  • Ensure a streamlined speechwriting process by agreeing a clear strategy for delivery and ensuring that this is recognised across the Department. 
  • Be aware of media activity around speeches, and identify and drive appropriate strategies to boost this when appropriate. Show a keen awareness of the sensitive media, political and stakeholder environment we operate in.
  • Ensure speeches reach a wider audience through the Department’s full range of digital channels.
  • Take increased responsibility for the Department’s evolving narrative and promoting this narrative across the Department.
  • Be a full and active member of the senior management team in External Communications, willing to share and impart your knowledge and skills.


  • First class written communication skills that will help you explain complex policies to non-specialist audiences in a clear and engaging way.
  • An excellent record in planning and delivering high-profile speeches and articles, or work that demonstrates you have the ability to do this with ease.
  • Excellent organisational ability. 
  • Experience of working effectively with and advising Ministers, or very senior colleagues, and senior officials.  
  • The ability to work at a high level even when under pressure, and to manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • A can-do mentality and a mind- set that is big enough to understand the big strategic picture but small enough to know that attention to detail is crucial.
  • Resilience to see the job through.

To find out more or apply for this vacancy please visit: justice/about/recruitment,

follow the link ‘Apply for a Job’ and search reference 3289.

Closing date for receipt of applications is: 25 th January 2017 at 23:55pm