83740 - Senior External Affairs Manager

£45,824 - £50,039
1
12 Months
London
London
102 PETTY FRANCE (MOJ) LONDON, SW1H 9AJ
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Communications / Marketing

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Senior External Affairs Manager to join our award-winning Communications team at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The MoJ is an innovative major government department at the heart of the justice system that deals with a vast range of issues that have a profound impact on people’s lives including prison reform, modernising the justice system, and supporting victims.

We are looking for a dynamic and creative person with strong communications experience to join our high performing External Affairs team. The External Affairs team works right across the MoJ’s portfolios (prisons, probation, sentencing, courts, victims and justice) and has a crucial role liaising with a diverse variety of key stakeholders; representing external views, ideas and challenges right through policy-making and the legislative process – working to generate accurate and informative stakeholder commentary around public announcements. In this role you will shape the way the Ministry of Justice communicates with its external stakeholders on high profile issues. In this role you will build exceptional relationships with key stakeholders, like working across multiple communications disciplines, have excellent judgment, and an understanding of how our stakeholders impact and are impacted by the news agenda and an interest in how our policies are understood outside of the MoJ.

You will work on issues that change people’s lives, using your initiative and natural people skills to build relationships with organisations and individuals who reach the public. For this role, an ability to build credibility with people outside of the department is a must and you will frequently be asked to represent the department. You will be eager to get stuck in, confident in a fast-paced environment and willing to learn and adapt to changing situations. You will also have an opportunity to help shape our future external affairs strategy and to work on exciting and high-profile announcements. This is a critical role, which will involve working closely with Ministers and their private offices, policy teams and communications colleagues across the MoJ, particularly the press office and digital team with whom you will often work hand in hand.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advise on approaches to stakeholder engagement, including establishing trusted relationships with key professional bodies, business groups, pressure groups and national charities.
  • Line management responsibilities of one HEO
  • Provide timely and well-considered advice to ministers and senior officials regarding our stakeholder communications approach, including possible announcements and media appearances.
  • Horizon scan for opportunities and risks for our relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Quickly establish trusted relationships with the department’s key external stakeholders to build advocacy for the department’s key policy priorities and wider communications objectives.
  • Help to develop an external affairs strategy that is delivered at pace, intelligence-led and meets agreed objectives.
  • Deliver high profile events, roundtables, and visits for ministers with a strong external stakeholder focus.
  • Build peer and senior relationships with civil service colleagues, including HMPPS and HMCTS officials
  • Share regular stakeholder monitoring of stakeholder online commentary and media activity across the department

 SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES

  • A talented and experienced communicator, ideally with experience working in External/ Public Affairs who takes initiative and is attracted by the prospect of a role you can make your own.
  • A strong track record of success in managing relationships around complex issues.
  • Excellent management skills and political awareness.
  • Alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit our work. Previous experience in working with the media would be helpful.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical skills – including effective use of insight and evaluation.
  • Excellent judgement and creative flair.
  • Able to understand complex and technical policy issues and translate these for different audiences.
  • Impeccable organisational skills.
  • An enthusiastic team-player with a proactive and collaborative attitude.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Expected Week commencing 26th February 2024

12/02/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 83740.
Security Clearance (SC)

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Seeing the Big Picture - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 500 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing
Seeing the Big Picture
Delivering at Pace
Technical Skills
Insight
Impact
Implementation
Ideas
Additional Assessment(s)
Presentation
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.