Head of Strategic Communications and Media

London (Greater)
£59,000 - £66,000
10 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.

About the National Infrastructure Commission
The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) role is to provide the government with unbiased advice on the UK’s long term infrastructure needs. The NIC is independently overseen by a panel of Commissioners. It is staffed by a mix of civil servants and secondees and works closely with the main regulators, infrastructure providers and the private sector.

The Commission, created in interim form in October 2015, was formally established as an executive agency of the Treasury in January 2017. It has complete discretion to determine independently its work programme, methodologies and recommendations, as well as the content of its reports and public statements.

The Commission’s remit includes preparing a National Infrastructure Assessment once a Parliament, setting out the UK’s infrastructure needs looking up to 30 years ahead, and carrying out more detailed studies on the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges. This includes assessing the UK’s infrastructure needs in relation to the following sectors: energy, transport, water, waste, flood risk management and communications.  

This is a high profile role within the National Infrastructure Commission. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive and working closely on a day-to-day basis with the NIC’s Chair and Commissioners, you will provide expert strategic advice on the potential benefits and presentational risks of decisions and policies, on handling announcements and on breaking news.

You will develop and deliver the Commission’s communications strategy, and will have responsibility for the full range of the NIC’s multi-channel communications output. This will include drafting press releases and speeches, building effective relationships with press and media contacts, developing the Commission’s social media presence, planning events and speaking engagements, and delivering a high quality, proactive and reactive media service for the Commission. You will also play a central role, working with policy leads and the NIC’s senior team, in shaping the content and narrative of the Commission’s formal reports and announcements.

You will be an effective representative for the Commission on communications and media issues both internally, across government, and externally with journalists, opinion formers and other stakeholders.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Overall responsibility for developing and implementing the Commission’s communications strategy

Providing expert communications and media advice to the Chair, Chief Executive and Commissioners of the NIC.

Managing the NIC’s announcements and its handling of breaking news.

Building excellent relationships across government departments and other stakeholders, to ensure that the NIC is able to respond to on top of relevant developments within government.

Draft press releases, speeches, briefing notes, formal NIC documents.

Overall responsibility for developing the NIC’s social media strategy and developing a new website, ensuring it becomes a sector leading resource.

Project managing the production of NIC publications, procuring and liaising with appropriate outside agencies and managing those relationships.

Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with journalists and a good understanding of their priorities in order to promote accurate and fair media coverage. Seeking opportunities to proactively champion the work of the NIC in the media.

Building an effective network across the infrastructure sector to deliver third party support and advocacy.

Acting as a key member of the NIC Programme Board, working collaboratively with senior colleagues to provide a strategic overview of communications and deliver the NIC’s Communications Strategy.

Working alongside senior members of the NIC secretariat to plan, procure and deliver first rate social research and understanding of British attitudes to infrastructure.

Working with the Director of Policy and Engagement to produce and execute the Commission’s stakeholder engagement strategy

An Assistant Communications Manager, leading on social media and publications, will report to the postholder. This role will be advertised shortly.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

In your application you should provide examples of your experience in meeting the appointment criteria listed below. These will be the key criteria for selection.

Strategic thinker, able to develop long-term plans to meet communication objectives, identifying opportunities to promote organisational priorities and incorporate digital techniques, and to drive their day-to-day implementation.

Agile and adaptive communicator, able to offer high quality analysis and advice on developing issues as they occur, with experience of managing high-profile, fast-moving and sometimes sensitive news issues and provide well-reasoned handling advice.

An experienced communications professional combining excellent news judgement and senior media-handling experience, with experience developing and implementing long-term and proactive communications strategies.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, with the ability to work collaboratively across organisational boundaries with a range of senior stakeholders.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

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

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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.

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Closing date: 27th February 2017

Should you not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.