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Senior Communications Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/174241/23667
  • Published: Fri 20/05/2022, 11:05 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 13/06/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,382 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

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Senior Communications Officer

The starting salary for this role is £35,382 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

The River Thames Scheme is a major project which will offer protection to homes and businesses in one of the largest areas of undefended, developed floodplain in England. Being jointly managed by Surrey County Council and the Environment Agency, it is the first Nationally Significant Infrastructure Scheme to cover flooding.

This makes communication with residents, businesses and stakeholders vital - particularly as we prepare for a Development Consent Order (DCO) application. That’s why we’re scaling up the scheme’s communications and engagement team.

Based within Surrey County Council’s communications service but working across the partnership, we’re looking for people who can bring their experience of working on similar projects and can turn technical reports into engaging content to help us consult, engage and communicate with our stakeholders.

Maybe you’ve worked on a major consultation, or you’ve engaged communities to help a project clear planning hurdles.  We’re looking for candidates who can bring their experience in areas such as stakeholder engagement, digital and staff communications, social media and community engagement. You might not have all of these skills, but if you think you’ve got something to offer, we would love to hear from you.  

We’re looking for a PS9 Senior Communications Officer to join us on a 24-month fixed term contract/ secondment. While this role is based in Woodhatch Place in Reigate, the post holder will divide their time between working from home and our co-location offices in Surrey and central London. This is a two-year fixed-term contract, with the intention of extending.

The Senior Communications Officer has a crucial role liaising with the different technical teams who have responsibility for delivering the scheme. The role includes finding interesting content and delivering it in engaging ways to our audiences, as well as advising on the best ways for them to engage with their stakeholders. This role is crucial for making technical but critical information accessible.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence the following:

  • Experience of working within transport, highways or infrastructure communications
  • An ability to turn complex technical documents into accessible information for the general public
  • Flexibility to support multiple teams simultaneously
  • A communications, marketing or journalism degree / qualification / registration

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 10/06/2022.

Interviews dates to be advised.

This is a 24-month fixed term contract/ secondment opportunity.

Contact Details

For more information, email Victoria Shepherd at victoria.shepherd@surreycc.gov.uk or Ben Funning at ben.funning@surreycc.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.