Media Job: Internal communications manager (corporate), Police Scotland

CLOSING DATE: March 13, 2017

Clyde Gateway, Dalmarnock

Band G: £33,234 – £38,154

Ref no: R116/16

POLICE Scotland is the national organisation for policing with a purpose to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland.

The service is the second largest in the UK and covers over 28,000 square miles with a workforce of 23,000 officers and staff.

Effective communication is essential to support the organisation and we are currently seeking an experienced communications manager to join our busy corporate communications team.

As internal communications manager (corporate), you will develop and lead on strategies to inform and engage officers and staff with the priorities of Police Scotland and assist the head of Internal Communications with the proactive planning and management of communications within the service.

You will lead and manage the work of the Internal Communications team, driving forward activity in line with communication priorities.

You will be required to develop and lead on the delivery of strategies to increase awareness and engage officers and staff with the priorities of Police Scotland as well as planning and leading on opportunities to raise the profile of members of the senior management team.

You will act as principal liaison with the SPA to plan and co-ordinate messages and activity in relation to staff employment matters.

You will draft editorial content for senior leaders and disseminate through internal communications mechanisms.

You will be required to support the head of Internal Communications in developing and implementing new internal communications channels, with the objective of improving employee engagement and ensuring key messages are delivered.

You will provide advice and support to managers and staff on internal communication planning and messaging, monitoring and researching perceptions of internal audiences to messages and communication channels in order to improve how communications are delivered within the service.

You will require to have extensive experience of working at a management level under high pressure with competing deadlines and priorities.

Strong interpersonal skills and experience in partnership working is essential.

You will bring the ability to employ a broad range of internal communications tools/processes and have highly developed organisational and planning skills, demonstrating a sound knowledge of current issues within the communications/political environment in general.

As a communications professional with significant experience at management level, you must be an accredited member of a relevant professional organisation and hold a professional diploma or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline.

Where no formal qualification exists you must be able to demonstrate experience of managing at an equivalent level.

This is a full-time, permanent post and a full driving licence and experience in working within an internal communications environment is essential.

This post also requires Standard Recruitment Vetting.

The following managerial competencies will be used for the selection process:

* Leadership

* Effective communication

* Management ability

* Job knowledge

* Partnership working

* Team working

Please refer to the relevant competencies when completing your application form/personal profile.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

* Competitive salary and guaranteed allowances

* Annual salary increments

* Local Government Pension Scheme

* 24 days annual leave and eight public holidays on appointment

* Wide range of family-friendly policies

* Employee Assistance Programme

* Access to range of staff associations

* Scottish Police Recreation Association

* Scottish Police Credit Union

* Cycle 2 Work Scheme

* Childcare Vouchers

Please be aware that the interim SPA pay and grading structure may be subject to future change.

Individuals working, or applying for, a flexible working arrangement who wish to apply for this post will have their flexible working arrangement considered in line with current policy, as well as both personal and organisational needs.

The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and to achieving and promoting an organisational culture where staff and officers are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.

To assist us to monitor the effectiveness of our equality and diversity practices, we would encourage you to complete and submit the Equality and Diversity monitoring form, which will be separated from your application form prior to the selection process. The information you provide will be treated as sensitive data under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Applicants must be a British citizen, a member of the EU or other states in the EEA, a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national free of restrictions. You should also have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years immediately prior to application.

No CVs – full application forms must be completed.

For an application pack visit, or

e-mail or call 01355 566350.

Please quote reference number R116/16.

Closing date: Monday 13 March 2017 by 4.30pm

Interview date: To be advised

Our purpose: To improve the safety and well being of people, places and communities in Scotland.

Our focus: Keeping people safe.