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Head of Communications Specialist Services

    Dalmarnock, Glasgow, UK

  • £65,301
  • Category: Public Relations/Communications   |
  • Contract: Permanent   |
  • Posted: 25 June 2020   |
  • Closing: 17 July 2020

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Police Scotland is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic communications professional to join our busy Corporate Communications team.

We are the second biggest police service in the UK and feature every day in national and local media. Our digital channels have almost two million followers and we have an internal audience of over 22,000 officers and staff, who need timely and accurate information on our day-to-day operations and how we are continuously improving our service to meet the demands of a changing Scotland.

To build and maintain confidence in Police Scotland, and protect the reputation of the service by leading the communications specialist function, setting and leading the communications strategy (in line with the Police Scotland strategy, vision, mission and values), having responsibility for communications policies, ways of working, behavioural change campaigns and business excellence across Police Scotland. 

To ensure the provision, dissemination and embedding of a professional, engaging strategy and operating framework for Corporate Communications, using insight, evaluation and best practice data from a variety of sources. 

Establish, manage and develop relationships with senior stakeholders, both internal and external.  Drive the development of a specialist and expert communications function, striving for a best in class industry standard.

This role will lead the continuous improvement of the Corporate Communications service to further enable the development of a professional and trusted service across Police Scotland.

To manage the provision of 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.

For full job description and responsibilities, please visit the Police Scotland website Recruitment page.


You will educated to degree level in Marketing, Communications, Business Strategy or another related subject. Where no formal qualifications exist, you must have industry experience at senior management level in order to support familiarisation and on the job training for the role. You will ideally be a member of a relevant professional body, although this is not essential.

You must be experienced in managing teams within a dynamic, multifunctional environment, and ability to work on own initiative.

You will demonstrate a sound knowledge of current issues within the communications /political environment in general.

You will be familiar with computer software packages such as M-Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Experience of implementing performance management techniques to achieve a culture of continuous improvement is desirable.

This full time post is permanent and requires Management Vetting.  You will work 35 hours per week working Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

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

  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership
  • Management Ability
  • Service Delivery
  • Job Knowledge
  • Team Working
  • Partnership Working


- Competitive salary and guaranteed allowances

- Annual salary increments

- Local Government Pension Scheme

- 28 days annual leave and 6 public holidays on appointment

- Wide range of family friendly policies

- Employee Assistance Programme

- Access to range of staff associations

- Scottish Police Recreation Association

- Scottish Police Credit Union 

- Cycle to Work Scheme


The Scottish Police Authority / Police Scotland is committed to positive action in the recruitment and selection of people with disabilities. We guarantee an interview to any applicant who has a disability, as defined under the Equality Act 2010, and who meets the essential criteria for the post. Please regard this as an opportunity to let us help you. Tell us of any aspects which could present difficulties and any suggestions for overcoming these.


Please provide dates that you have continuously resided in the UK for the last 5 years. This consists of having the legal right to work in the UK or provide details of your right to work documents.


To apply, please send your CV to Alternatively for an application pack please visit the Police Scotland Career Site for Job Reference Number – R47/20

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