• Full Time
  • London
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Head of EU Exit Communications, Home Office
Location: London
Closing date: 19 August 2018
Salary: circa. £75,000
Ref: 1594793
SCS Pay Band 1
Length of employment: 2 years minimum (loan or secondment) for existing civil servants.

The post is based in central London but travel around the UK, with occasional overnight stays, may be necessary.

Job description

To lead a multi-disciplinary communications team preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU.

The team plans and delivers EU exit communications on behalf of the Home Office. It supports delivery of the Settlement Scheme, prepares for changes at the UK Border and works closely with Home Office policy and operational teams developing our future relationship with Europe on law enforcement and national security and regulatory systems.

Key responsibilities 

Key accountabilities are as follows:

• Developing, maintaining and reporting against integrated communications and engagement strategies to support core business objectives

• Building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver impactful communications across the communications disciplines

• The personal and professional authority to be a credible advocate for the Home Office among external stakeholders and the voice of the communications profession for ministers, senior officials and the wider government

• Establishing the right structures and exerting appropriate influence over shared service communications and policy colleagues, external partners and contractors to deliver strategic communications objectives

• Poise and authority under pressure and the management skills to oversee parallel, high-profile projects to meet challenging delivery targets

• Track record of building and maintaining strong, influential relationships within the team and across government communications and policy networks, including with external stakeholders

• Highly attuned political awareness and detailed understanding of EU exit issues

• Thorough familiarity with project governance structures and reporting patterns, including providing assessments on risk, finance and performance to HMG supervisory boards

• Capability of managing (in conjunction with marketing colleagues) substantial campaign budgets, ensuring value for money, financial propriety and extensive evaluation.

A significant aspect of the job will be to personally lead a programme of credible engagement and liaison with senior figures in government and with external stakeholders.


As a member of the Government Communications Service (GCS), you will also champion best practice and adherence to the highest professional standards. You will be expected to demonstrate experience in the following competencies drawn from the GCS professional framework:

• Insight
That you can gain an accurate understanding of the issues. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.
• Ideas
That you can develop a communications strategy and plan, select channels and develop key messages and content for target audiences. Identify evaluation criteria.
• Implementation
That you can develop and implement effective communication strategies and plans. Work with stakeholders and partners to deliver communication.
• Impact
That you can assess the impact and effectiveness of communication. Review achievement of objectives. Identify lessons learnt and share feedback.

(The full competencies can be found on the GCS website: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/professional-development/competency-framework/).


We’ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:


• Considerable communications experience at a senior level, dealing with major issues and stories. Should have excellent political judgement and news-awareness.

• An empowering leader who provides strong leadership to multi-disciplinary teams.

• The ability to grasp complex issues swiftly and produce enduring solutions.

• Evidence of building credible and respected relationships at ministerial/board level.


• Experience of working in central government and experience of managing high-profile campaigns.

• Experience of managing communications within a complex delivery network.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

No allowances will be payable

Things you need to know

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

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

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Helen Fielder in the director’s office on: 020 7035 4102.

Sift/interview dates and location

Please see indicative timetable:

  • Shortlist – 28/08/18
  • Interviews – 28/09/18

Further information
If you have any queries about any aspect of the selection process, please call Sarah Wilson in the SCS Recruitment Team on 0207 035 1987 or email scsrecruitment@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

More info

Candidate Pack Opens in new window(pdf, 498kB)
Annex B – Application Form Opens in new window(doc, 97kB)
Annex C – Diversity and Nationality Opens in new window(doc, 224kB)


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