Media job: Communications manager, PIRC

CLOSING DATE: October 27, 2021

Vacancy: communications manager

Salary: £39,132 – £47,065 – B3. Staff will be appointed on Point One of the scale – £64,698

Status: permanent – full time, however applications requesting flexible working patterns including part-time are welcome

Hours of work: Around 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Location: Hamilton – mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from all areas of Scotland from candidates, who, due to their location, may primarily be home-based and who would be willing to travel to Hamilton on a regular basis.

THE Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is currently seeking to recruit a communications manager to join her team, who are based in Hamilton.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to work in a fast-paced environment within a growing progressive organisation.

The PIRC was established in 2013 and is responsible for carrying out independent investigations into incidents involving the police and independently review the way the police handle complaints from the public.

Our aim is to secure public confidence in policing in Scotland by supporting continuous improvement and promoting positive change.

As communications manager, you will initiate, develop and deliver the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner’s (PIRC) communications strategy reaching all audiences across all channels, in support of PIRC’s objectives set out in the corporate plan and annual business plan.

Key audiences include employees, the public, policing bodies operating in Scotland, politicians and the media.

You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following specific duties:

* Corporate communications – producing and maintaining  a suite of corporate communications materials and a programme of seminars and other events linked to corporate objectives;

* Media relations – establishing positive working relationships with the media and devising / managing  pro-active media and PR campaigns that increase awareness of the role and function of the PIRC;

* Internal communications – implementing and developing an internal communications strategy that supports a learning culture and promotes staff engagement in delivering the communications strategy; and

* Engagement – identifying, prioritising and targeting  stakeholder groups in the relevant  engagement activities.

Successful candidates should  have a good general education with a degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject such as journalism, communications or marketing and a minimum of a three years’ experience working within a communications environment in a similar role.

The successful candidate must also have proven experience of delivering a range of high-quality communications materials; including website, reports and in-house newsletters.

You may be required to be on-call, on a rota basis, and be prepared to work unsocial and extended hours where required.

An additional remuneration allowance is payable for this work.

The PIRC offers excellent career prospects, competitive pension and benefits and operates flexible working arrangements.

The position is based in Hamilton, however, we would welcome applications from all areas of Scotland.

The successful candidate must undergo Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) and Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) clearance prior to appointment.

The PIRC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting a diverse workforce, with an emphasis on the PIRC values of integrity, impartiality and respect. We, therefore, encourage and  welcome applications from all members of the community. We are committed to the Disability Confident Initiative and offer a guaranteed interview to any applicant who meets all of the selection criteria required for the post and considers themselves to be disabled.

Important information regarding interviews:

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that all assessment and interviews may be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

To facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual assessment/interview as well as a personal device of choice with access to Microsoft Teams by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal wi-fi/broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

For information on this vacancy, please contact Ruth McCallum at or call on 07342 080256.

How to apply:

The candidate information pack /application form available from:


The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Shortlisting will take place thereafter. Successful applicants will be contacted with an interview date in due course.

Applicants who have not been contacted by us within three weeks of this closing date should assume they have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Only completed application forms will be considered. Please do not substitute your Curriculum Vitae for a completed form since this will not be considered.