Head of Communications

Contract Type
Media & Communications
Expiry Date
28/01/2022 12:58:00

Head of Digital Engagement: up to £78,765, plus 27.9% pension contributions

A unique communications leadership role

Lead an award-winning team

Define and grow DWP Digital's communications and marketing strategy

Job Description

  • Are you a communications specialist looking for a unique leadership role?

  • Do you want to lead a multi-award-winning team (most recently LinkedIn's Best Talent brand 2021)?

  • Can you define and grow our DWP Digital communications and marketing strategy and help enable a generational transformation of the UK's largest government department?

DWP. Digital with Purpose.

DWP is the UK's largest government department. We help people into work, and make payments worth over £195bn a year to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Our thriving DWP Digital community is designing, building and modernising products and services that are used by millions of people every day.

We're looking for a skilled communications specialist and leader to join us and set the communications agenda for DWP Digital.

Brilliant communications and marketing are essential in helping us achieve our goals.

You'll develop and deliver a rounded internal engagement strategy which engages and supports colleagues through significant change.

You'll lead a talented, award-winning multidisciplinary communications function where you'll set the direction, build capability and nurture innovation.

You'll oversee an innovative, award-winning marketing and branding strategy that enables DWP to hire the specialist skills we need.

You'll have chance to put your stamp on all this and take our engagement, communications and marketing to the next level within DWP and out into the marketplace.

What skills, knowledge and experience will you need?

  • You're a communications specialist with a strong record of effective strategic leadership across multiple communications disciplines, including delivering business outcomes through internal communications and low-cost/paid marketing.

  • Proven strategic communications skills across the planning and delivery lifecycle.

  • Experience in leading teams to identify and applying insight, developing and implementing innovative and effective communications plans, and using evaluation data to measure and improve activity.

  • Proven ability to build productive and collaborative relationships up to board level, with excellent communication and influencing skills.

  • You're strategically aware, demonstrating strong organisational and political nous, professional judgement and the ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity.

  • Excellent people leadership skills, able to direct, motivate and support large teams, maximising performance and protecting wellbeing.

  • The ability to thrive in an intense, fast-paced and complex environment, with competing priorities.

Details. Wages. Perks.

You'll join us in your choice of our hubs in Birmingham, Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield.

We also have all the tools and tech we need to enable our people to work flexibly; we offer a hybrid of home and office working, and many of us are working remotely at the moment due to COVID-19.

In return for your skills, we offer competitive pay of up to £78,765.

You'll also get brilliant civil service pension with employer contributions worth 27.9% - for a starting salary of £70,000 that would mean DWP putting over £19,500 in your pension pot each year.

You'll also generous leave package starting at 26 days and rising to 31, plus all the usual public holidays and the opportunity to take extra days off.

We also have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:

  • Flexible working, flexi hours and flexi days
  • Hybrid working: some time in a hub with the team, some time at home
  • Family-friendly policies
  • Time off volunteering and charitable giving
  • Bring your authentic self to work with 'I Can Be Me in DWP'
  • Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more
  • Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket, so it's even easier for you to get to work and start making a difference
  • Sports and social activities
  • Working in an award-winning environment and culture
  • Professional development, coaching, mentoring and career progression opportunities.

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