Regional Press Officer job in Glasgow at Csr

Regional Press Officer

Company: csr

Location: Croydon UK

Date Posted:Sep 01, 2017

HMRC is one of the UK's largest customer-facing organisations, dealing with 5.4 million businesses and 45 million individuals. To support it, our 30-strong press team runs one of the biggest 24-hour news operations in both the Government and the UK. Why work for the HMRC Press Office? We set and respond to the fast-paced news agenda on tax. Whether it's tax avoidance by global corporations and celebrities, offshore tax evasion by the wealthy, or the huge operation of the Self Assessment and Tax Credits systems involving millions of individuals. Our regional press team, which is the biggest in government, is responsible for thousands of news items generated on enforcement work - from thousands of criminal prosecutions for fraud, to raids and seizures from illegal fuel laundering plants, counterfeit cigarette factories and smuggled alcohol. Press officers regularly attend these raids to facilitate media package production. Tax is one of the key issues of the day and it is clear that it will continue to be a central part of the government's agenda, so the intense focus on our work is unlikely to end soon. This means it is a great opportunity to join HMRC's communications team at a critical time, directly shaping how the department and our operation of the tax system are presented to the outside world. The role gives you the chance to change how people view HMRC, and influence and advise senior civil servants and Ministers on issues that make headlines around the world. HMRC's communications function is an acknowledged leader in Government Communications, and our unique non-ministerial status allows us to plan strategically over the long term. We use a unique mix of proactive and innovative cross-comms campaigns - integrating media, the latest digital communications tools, paid-for marketing, stakeholder and internal comms, while also responding to the huge interest in tax issues. You will help us build on the 35,000 items of news coverage every year with a proactive and positive approach to media engagement, helping the team to take the next steps in innovative digital and social news management. You will also get unrivalled training opportunities and the chance to progress your career both within and outside media relations. No other government department offers the chance to be part of a press office operation of what is essentially a major corporation, with revenues exceeding £500 billion a year, and few other departments so directly affect the lives of every citizen in the country. About the job The regional press office is made up of regional press officers, managers and support staff based in offices around the UK. All press officers are remotely managed, and most work in offices on their own. The successful candidate will be based in Croydon and will be responsible for dealing with the media in the South East. They will also work as a “buddy” for colleagues when they are away or on holiday. As part of HMRC's move to 13 regional centres, the office in Croydon is a brand new building that opened in July 2017. It provides an airy, modern and high-tech environment to work in. We have regional press officers across the United Kingdom based in each country and region of the UK. Although the successful applicant will work on their own most of the time, they must be able to demonstrate an exceptional team working ethos. We are a small team dispersed across the four corners of the UK, so rely heavily on the support of our colleagues given our solitary working pattern. Much of a regional press officer’s role is about building relationships with colleagues within HMRC, other government departments and journalists to ensure that we are able to accurately promote and explain HMRC’s policies. A solid relationship with colleagues based in HMRC’s national press office in Westminster is vital to ensure that communications between the two teams are free flowing and comprehensive. This role requires someone with excellent writing skills, as much of your time will be spent writing news releases, briefings, lines to take etc. You will be tested at interview to ensure that you have these skills. Your application form will be carefully scrutinised for grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as content and only those who demonstrate the required standard will be invited to interview. Being able to drive is essential as the regional press officer role involves regular travel. Sometimes locally with investigation teams to take photos and video footage and on other occasions further afield to meetings with policy colleagues as well as with other press officers. The role involves some overnight stays away from home as well as late nights and early mornings when you are facilitating operational media opportunities. Before you take up the role you will need to go through a security clearance process. If you do not pass the security vetting you will not be confirmed into the position. If you enjoy a challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and often pressurised environment where no two days are ever the same, then this could be the job for you. One day you could be issuing news releases and setting up interviews reminding people to send back their Self Assessment tax returns; the next you could be out at the crack of dawn supporting a TV crew filming operational activity in the middle of nowhere. We are looking for someone who • Has excellent writing skills, including grammar and punctuation, as much of your time will be spent proofing and writing news releases, briefings, lines to take etc. • Has the ability to collaborate across the department/Civil Service/external partners to deliver the best results for the team and HMRC• Is able to make effective decisions, often under pressure • Has excellent organisation skills to ensure work is delivered accurately and on time • Is innovative and open to new ideas to improve our work and the way we work • Is a real team player who motivates, engages and supports others • Has the ability to act as an ambassador for Press Office and Corporate Communications The successful candidate will • Work with lines of business communications teams to identify communication requirements in the regions • Seek opportunities to promote HMRC activity in the regional media • Establish and maintain effective relationships with relevant journalists • Establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues in corporate communications and lines of business • Commission relevant briefing to allow provision of relevant and accurate answers to questions from the media in writing or verbally • Write news releases which accurately reflect HMRC policy and ensure the press office style guide is adhered to in all external products • Carry out evaluation of media coverage • Deliver proactive media strategies to enable HMRC to set the news agenda • Occasionally carry out local TV and radio interviews  View full job description
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