Strategic Communications Manager Senior Information Officer job in Reading at Department For Environment Food And Rural Affairs

Strategic Communications Manager - Senior Information Officer

Company: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Location: Reading UK

Date Posted:Nov 02, 2017

Everyone is affected by the work that Defra does. We deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. This is an exciting period to work in Defra. We have a significant international and European agenda, with as much as 80% of our work impacting across borders. And, further to the vote to leave the EU, we will need to communicate with all of Defra’s sectors and stakeholders, along with the wider public, to shape plans that will deliver genuine and lasting change for food, farming, fishing and the environment once we are outside the EU. We are looking for an SIO to join the Defra Communications Strategy and External Affairs team to deliver communications activity around EU Exit. This will include developing and delivering communications around any primary and secondary legislation required ahead of our exit. This is a strategic priority cutting across the whole of Defra and the wider Defra group organisations. Our team is ambitious about what communications can achieve and believe in its power to challenge perceptions, change behaviour, build partnerships and make a social and economic difference. The Communications Strategy and External Affairs team in Defra sits at the heart of the wider Communications Group, working closely with communication leads in our main arms length bodies plus press, internal and digital teams to drive and deliver the department’s key priorities. By joining the team you would have exposure to the full communications mix: the opportunity to work closely with policy teams, other government departments and a range of external partners to find new and fresh ways of reaching target audiences. The successful candidate will have a track record in delivering effective communications, will show a strong strategic ability, an appetite for knotty problems and a belief in the difference effective communications can make. In this role you will: • Plan and manage the delivery of our communications priorities across the EU Exit programme. • Procure and help design compelling communications products to support our campaigns. • Activity management of a Strategic Communications Officer (IO). • Build key relationships across the organisation (including policy teams, Ministers’ private offices, press office and communications contacts across the Defra group and in other government departments). • Be effective at working through others and building virtual teams internally and partnerships externally. • Translate business objectives into communications objectives and generate ideas and plans to meet them. • Identify and build audiences, gather insight and deliver engagement. • Spot opportunities to advance our communications objectives and identify and manage risks. Personal qualities and skills required: • First class influencing and relationship-building ability. • A passion for, and excellent track record in, delivering strategic and campaign communications techniques and demonstrable experience in achieving continuous improvement through monitoring and evaluation. • Success in managing and driving delivery across the communications mix to secure outcomes. • Excellent planning, management and organisational ability. • Experience of effectively working with and advising Ministers and senior officials. • The ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines and carry others with them under such circumstances. • Strong analytical skills, plus excellent written and oral communications skills reflecting the need to explain complex policy areas to non-specialist audiences in a clear and engaging way. • Previous communications experience of government Bills and the passage of primary and secondary legislation would be an advantage.  View full job description
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