Team Manager, Media Relations

Information Commissioner's Office
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Starting salary £37,964 pa plus civil service pension and excellent benefits
Closing date
1 Dec 2021
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Our pay band range for this post is £37964.00 -  £43001.00. Our career banding framework allows movement through the bands on an annual basis following an assessment of your capability and competence.

Location: It is envisaged that the role will be primarily based at our Head Office in Wilmslow, although flexibility of location including homeworking is open to discussion for the right candidate so applicants across the UK are welcomed.

You will be expected to attend Wilmslow office as and when required by the business.

The work of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has never been more relevant. As an independent regulator, we uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Our work makes the news because people care about their privacy. We help make sure people’s personal data is protected whether they’re ordering a pint through an app in a pub or if their health data is being shared through GPs.  In the last few months we’ve spoken out about the use of cookies, flagged the importance of privacy in vaccination passport schemes and introduced a world-beating code to protect children’s privacy online.

As we prepare to welcome a new Information Commissioner and respond to government reforms to data protection laws, our work will continue to have impact.

Our work is interesting and immensely rewarding and our Corporate Communications team plays a key role in our success. It’s a growing team, too: we’ve recently increased our capacity for strategic communications, and we have plans to become even more proactive and agile in planning and generating    content, stories and news angles from our work.

We’re now looking for an experienced media relations professional who can handle the demands of a national press office, turn complex subject matter into engaging content and communicate our work with clarity and impact to audiences across the UK and beyond.

The Team Manager (media relations) post will play an active role in communicating our work and protecting and enhancing our reputation. In addition, you’ll ensure that communications content, materials and channels are created, planned and implemented to support the overarching Corporate Communications strategy.

You’ll work with communications senior managers and oversee the ICO’s in-house press office function, managing the media relations team to handle aspects of crises and hot issues, and contribute to an effective media relations strategy.

We want to see applications from people who will be able to hit the ground running.

You’ll be educated to degree level, or have substantial work experience in the media or communications field.

There will be a requirement for out of hours working including the participation in the department’s ‘on call rota’ to respond to media calls.

The Team Manager role will require occasional travel to locations throughout the UK and internationally (which may involve some out of hours working) in order to represent the ICO at and respond to media activities and events

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on Sunday 21 November 2021.

Interviews will take place via Teams week commencing 6 December 2021

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office? 

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy: 

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave. 
  • Civil Service Pension arrangements. 
  • ​25 days' paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days. 
  • Extra "privilege" days in addition to normal public holidays. 
  • Compressed working hours options. 
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities. 
  • Health cash plan. 
  • Colleague assistance scheme. 
  • Access to many discounted products and services. 
  • Welfare and family-friendly policies. 
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing. 

Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances.

To demonstrate our commitment to equality of opportunity in employment in Northern Ireland, we monitor the community background of our applicants and employees, as required by the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998.

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Disabled applicants are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

At the ICO we support a number of flexible working arrangements and we are happy to discuss your personal needs or preferences during the recruitment process.

If you are disabled and have difficulty using our online application system please email the HR team at [email protected] who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.

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