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Senior Communications Manager

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 122
Grade Grade 7
Salary: £61,183
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance BPSS
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 20 Sep 2019

Brief overview of role

The OGA is looking for an experienced communications and public relations professional with a successful track record.

The Senior Communications Manager is a crucial role which will grow the OGA’s communications activity in order to support the successful delivery of the OGA's priorities. The post holder will be responsible for developing and implementing a powerful press relations and digital media programme, as well as supporting a captivating internal communications campaign.

The post holder will bring strong creativity and messaging skills in order to support the planning and delivery of high quality publications, speeches, presentations and events.

The Senior Communications Manager will draw on well-established links to key journalists and publications and will proactively seek out new opportunities to maximise the positive impact of the OGA’s work. Working with industry and across government, the Senior Communications Manager will help protect and enhance the OGA’s reputation, ensuring our stakeholders are engaged and understand our work.

The successful candidate must have substantial previous experience in media, journalism or public relations. The post holder should be a self-starter, and have a strong interest in the energy industry. The Senior Communications Manager will report to the Head of Communications and External Affairs, and will deputise when necessary.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a new media communications strategy and forward plan.
  • Build strong relationships internally and externally to identify news, source content and plan media activities to tell the OGA's story, maximise impact and ensure OGA priorities are communicated and understood.
  • As one of the first points of contact for press, lead proactive and reactive media relations, including crisis communications.
  • Establish and maintain strong links with key journalists in local, national, broadcast and trade media.
  • Draft clear, concise and compelling written content for use in print and online publications, speeches and presentations.
  • Support media training programme for staff and provide coaching and counsel to colleagues on media issues.
  • Evaluate and monitor impact of media strategy.
  • Strong oversight, including hands-on support, of the production of key OGA publications, ensuring overall quality and clarity.
  • Maintain effective links with colleagues across government and industry.
  • Take part in providing an out-of-hours on call service as part of a duty rota system, including weekends, acting as the main point of contact.
  • Develop a powerful and effective social media strategy to grow the OGA’s online presence and maintain the OGA's digital channels.
  • Deputise for the Head of Communications and External Affairs when necessary.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Seeing the big picture - Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs.
  • Competence 2: Leading and communicating - effectiveness in this area is about showing our pride and passion for public service, communicating purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. It’s about championing difference and external experience, and supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all.
  • Competence 3: Delivering at pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. For all staff, it’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.
  • Competence 4: Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the OGA to help get business done. It requires working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• Substantial experience of working in communications; gained from journalism, public relations or a busy press office environment
• A successful track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with journalists and working proactively to pitch stories to gain media coverage
• Project planning and delivery of highly effective communications campaigns
• Outstanding written, editing and presentation skills
• Ability to work to tight deadlines, plan and prioritise workload
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Experience of producing clear and captivating copy for a variety of different audiences and platforms, including print and online
• Ability to absorb and interpret complex information and translate into clear, simple messages
• Substantial experience is digital/social media, including demonstrable experience in creating and delivering social media strategies
• Experience of crisis communications and successfully managing sensitive issues
• Ability to build strong relationships internally, across government and in industry
• Experience of working in the oil and gas/energy industry
• Membership of Chartered Institute of Public Relations or equivalent professional body
• Working knowledge of Freedom of Information process

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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Inclusion and Diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The OGA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles.