Head of Rail Communications

Grade 6: £63,520 - £70,859
04 Jun 2019
25 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Rail Communications

Department for Transport

Grade 6: £63,520 - £70,859


A new platform for your communications expertise

About us

Transport is at the heart of the Government’s plan to make this a country that works for everyone. This is your chance to help deliver projects that will still be making a difference to people’s lives a century from now and help place Britain on the forefront of the transport technological revolution. This is particularly the case in Rail, which attracts considerable public scrutiny and encompasses a wide-ranging brief from new upgrades and improvements, to passenger rights, to reforming the railways for the future.

You will be joining a great team who are passionate about working together to deliver communications that have a big impact. We are looking for someone who is ambitious for themselves and the team, who has a great news sense, and who is committed to delivering first class communications in a busy government department.

For a senior communications professional, this role offers a rare chance to see how Government works from the inside. It is an opportunity to advise Ministers and work alongside policy officials and special advisers, leading a highly capable and

motivated team delivering across a range of issues.

This job will be challenging, rewarding. If you want to work in a role

where you can make a real difference and stretch yourself, then

please apply.

The role

As Head of Communications, you will lead the communications strategy for one of the department’s highest profileareas, rail. You will be regularly advising Ministers, Special Advisers and Rail group’s senior leadership team on building, managing and protecting the reputation of Rail. You will be building relationships and influencing key rail industry partners, including Network Rail and working closely with communication teams across government. You will be part of the Department’s communications senior leadership team and will lead a team of eight communications professionals. You will develop and implement an integrated rail communications strategy for the future.  

About you

This position would suit a dynamic communications professional with senior-level experience in strategic communications. This will include dealing with highly politicised issues and delivering at pace. Excellent influencing skills, confidence and resilience are all essential to work effectively with Ministers, Special Advisers, senior leaders and a range of internal and external stakeholders. .  Capable of leading a high-performing and experienced team, you will be ready to drive continuous improvement and innovation in our communications.

What we will be offering you

An opportunity to work in and be part of leading a high-performing communications team, both within the Department for Transport but also be part of the wider Government Communications Service.  An opportunity to build your profile and connections across the government communications community to support future career progression and opportunities. An opportunity to support your further professional development through our learning and development offer There will be opportunities to work flexibly as well as a competitive remuneration package, including 25 days annual leave on appointment, with eligibility to progress to 30 days.