Head of corporate communications – Police Scotland

CLOSING DATE: June 4, 2014


Salary between £68k – £77k

Ref No: R31/14/S1

THIS post will lead on the delivery of an integrated media and communications capability for Police Scotland. The successful applicant will lead the news operation, internal communications and marketing and digital teams across the country to deliver the media and communications support services for Police Scotland.

You will lead and deliver the change programme for media relations establishing consistent corporate communications and media relations that support the policing priorities and the purpose of Keeping People Safe.

You will have extensive experience working at a senior level under a high degree of pressure with competing deadlines and priorities. Strong inter-personal skills and experience in partnership working are essential. You will bring the ability to employ a broad range of communications tools and processes e.g. website, intranet, advertising, media releases, publications, house journals, briefings, sponsorship, events etc and be able to exercise sound and speedy judgement in a crisis leading to effective decision making.

As a communications professional with significant experience at a senior management level, you must be an accredited member of a professional communications body and/or in possession of a recognised professional communications qualification and educated to degree level. A full driving licence and experience in working with a wide range of public stakeholders at a senior level are also essential.

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

* Respect for diversity

* Leadership

* Service delivery

* Effective communication

* Management ability

* Job knowledge

* Partnership working

* Problem solving

* Team working

* Personal awareness

* Personal effectiveness

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

Please be aware that 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.

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. In certain circumstances, it is possible for the minimum residency period for vetting to be waived. This can only be done where it is possible to make, or confirm, in the relevant jurisdictions with local Law Enforcement and National Security bodies, which are equivalent, and of a similar standard, to enquiries, which would be made in the UK, on both the applicant and all family members and associates. In cases where it is not possible to makes the equivalent checks, the residency criterion will be stringently enforced.

No CVs please – full application forms must be completed.

For an application pack:

Visit: www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment or www.spa.police.uk/work-with-us/

E-mail: recruitmentcentre@scotland.pnn.police.uk or

Call: 01355 566350. Please quote reference number R31/14.

Closing date: Wednesday 4 June 2014 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


Email: recruitmentcentre@scotland.pnn.police.uk