About the role

We are looking for a communications professional to join the Defence Digital (DD) communications team in the Ministry of Defence. You will work as part of a dedicated team to deliver internal and external communications to thousands of personnel (both military and civilian) in Defence.

There is a need, for a dedicated communication and engagement lead whose initial responsibilities will be to;

Work with Senior managers (Board level) to develop long-term strategic communications and engagement plan which incorporates the teams support for Defence wide Transformation and increased engagement activities across the wider digital function

Define the strategy for both internal and external communications through;

The frequency and tempo of the communications

The method(s) for communications (including social media platforms)

How to collate and respond to feedback from both the internal and external communities

Survey the community for feedback on key messages and issues and generate high quality analytics to help guide the strategy

Develop accurate key stakeholder maps across Defence and wider Government and design appropriate engagement activities

Line Management for 1 x C1

Work with the business change functions in DD project teams to provide coherence across the deliveries ensuring joint up and consistent thinking

Who are we looking for

You will be an experienced communications manager able to work effectively with senior stakeholders , managers and technical experts in a complex organisation who is able to develop and work with the team to deliver complex external communications plans. Used to working in a fast paced and dynamic environment you will have experience taking complex messages and delivering engaging communications across a wide range of external channels – including social media. Energetic and determined you will work closely with colleagues to put forward innovative communications.

Skills required

Member of CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations), IOIC (Institute of Internal Communicators) or similar.

Area of consultancy (e.g. BA/PM): Communications and Engagement, some BC experience desirable.

Please note that there is currently an on-going review of the Government Communications Service which may effect where in Government this post will sit in future.

Equality and Diversity

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at Defence Digital. Its vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so were proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

Defence Digital operates an organisation model in which every individual belongs to a function. The successful applicant will be posted into one of the defined Professional Functions on Standard Terms of Reference for the grade.

The Head of Function for each Professional Group determines the Continuous Professional Development path for their function as well as approving opportunities across Defence Digital for agile resourcing.

For official use only: CS-Plans 670ResponsibilitiesThe initial requirement has been defined as follows:

Develop a comms strategy support of the DD comms initiative including greater communication and engagement across the wider digital Function

Develop and drive the comms methodology, mechanisms and engagement with comms team

High quality, creative, engaging and impactful communications strategies that are aligned to business objectives.

Evaluate requirements for both internal and external comms and manage the approach to both

Connect with peers in the projects managing delivery to ensure some consistency in messaging

Outcomes are

External and internal stakeholders have sufficient comms material to understand and contribute to the DD Function