Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £37,434.00 gross per year
  • Kincardine


To provide dedicated / specialist communications support to the executive team, in order to provide professional service to their respective portfolios. The post holder will play an integral part in delivering the organisation’s mission and vision through efficient and effective communications

Support delivery of a professional, trusted and consistent communication service, both proactively and reactively, in order to deliver the organisation’s objective of improving the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland.

This will be achieved through collaboration with internal and external partners, in particular Scottish Police Authority and Scottish Government. The Executive Lead will be a trusted communications advisor who identifies and delivers appropriate solutions that demonstrate a measurable impact and desired effect. 

To provide resilience support to the Corporate Communications function where and when appropriate for other services such as basic intranet updates, social media posts, press releases etc.


1.  Contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of all communication activity that supports Police Scotland’s national and local policing priorities and corporate strategy;
2.  Support the Executive and other Senior Management / Heads of Department to identify communication opportunities from a variety of sources and provide specialist advice and support, both verbal and written, to advocate specific courses of action; 
3.  Manage any engagement activities involving the Executive, and other senior officers and staff as required, with internal and external partners and Communities;
4.  Design, deliver and evaluate a professional, effective and seamless end to end service using agreed and appropriate channels and where appropriate develop proposals for improvement;
5.  Contribute to and coordinate Corporate Communications forward planning activity in support of national and local priorities;
6.  Liaise with, maintain and build relationships with statutory / key partners and public bodies, e.g. Scottish Government, Scottish Police Authority, HMICS, COPFS and PIRC; seeking joint working opportunities, where appropriate and coordinate same;
7.  Provide media and political scanning, keeping abreast of external events, imminent industry and regulatory changes to ensure Police Scotland understand the impacts and plan accordingly;
8.  Work closely with other Executive Leads to deliver co-ordinated strategic solutions across all communication disciplines in line with the strategic objectives, in order to promote and develop the work of Police Scotland and its partners;
9.  Attend meetings / forums, deputise for senior managers where required, in order to provide communication support at a strategic and tactical level to ensure an integrated communications approach, that enhances and protects the values and reputation of Police Scotland;
10. Attend Gold / Silver groups to support Executive and other Senior Management / Heads of Department in response to spontaneous or pre planned major incidents / operations / events;
11. Where appropriate support and implement Police Scotland’s communication strategy and plan in relation to major events and civil contingencies;
12. Form part of the out of hours ‘on call’ cadre to support Police Scotland and Communication Officers by providing supervisory oversight capacity and where necessary cover any other supervisory role;
13. To provide resilience support to the Corporate Communications function where and when appropriate for other services such as basic intranet updates, social media posts, press releases etc.
14. Ensure responsibility for Information Security and Information Management within the department.
15. Development of a team of highly engaged staff who have the appropriate technical, leadership/management skills and experience
16. Will be responsible for assessing and self-managing risk within all aspects of the role.
17. Responsible for the consistent application of Police Scotland brand guidelines

The above accountabilities and responsibilities are not exhaustive, and the Jobholder may be required to undertake additional duties that are consistent with the level and grading of the role.

Degree or equivalent qualification in communications/media/ journalism, or relevant industry experience or demonstrable experience in a corporate communications environment at management level. 
Proven track record of developing and delivering successful internal and external stakeholder engagement activity
Experience of providing communications support in a multi-agency environment and across diverse stakeholder groups
Ability to devise/develop marketing/campaign plans/initiatives & communication strategies to meet with and support organisational goals and the current business plan.
Have highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with proven report writing and presentation skills. 
Highly developed organisational and planning skills are essential.
Possess a high level of self-motivation and be able to work on own initiative.
Effective autonomous decision maker.
Respect for diversity and commitment to and understanding of equal opportunities.
Evidence of the ability to achieve goals through negotiation and influence as well as through a position of direct authority.
Ability to develop and maintain good inter-personal relationships.
Digital communications experience, website publishing, digital messaging, social media etc.
High level creative skills in respect of devising communication and engagement plans.
Sound understanding of current digital communication channels and techniques, particularly within the public sector. 
Have the ability to prepare and impart clear advice, orally and in writing.
Ability to work under pressure and to tight timescales.
Ability to plan ahead, prioritise and manage workloads within given timescales.
Evidence of high level organisational skills, including the ability to recognise the wider implications of issues and options at a strategic, tactical and political level

The role is a management position within Corporate Communications, with a focus on supporting and delivering communications for the Executive and other Senior Management/Heads of Department on agreed channels that underpin Police Scotland’s priorities and objectives.

The job holder will also be required to support other executive leads, managers and staff from various departmental disciplines who perform key professional communicator roles, including stakeholder liaison at a national level.

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

1. Effective Communication
2. Job knowledge
3. Service Delivery
4. Problem Solving
5. Team Working
6. Partnership Working

Please note there will not be a specific question regarding the following competency as it is the ‘golden thread’ that runs through everything we do as a department / organisation:

• Respect for Diversity

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