Chief Executive (SCS 3)

London (Greater)
19 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
Business Type
Brand / In-house
Board / C-Suite
Contract Type

The Government Communication Service (GCS) is the professional body for civil servants working in media, marketing, digital, social, external affairs and internal communication. We are a global community of 7,000 brilliant communications professionals serving the public across the United Kingdom and internationally: from Whitehall to Whitehaven, Inverness to Cardiff and Belfast – we work in all regions of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and across the globe, supporting and promoting the work of 21 ministerial departments, 21 non-ministerial departments and over 300 agencies and other public bodies

The GCS mission is to deliver world-class public service communications which support ministers’ priorities, enable the efficient and effective operation of public services, and improve people’s lives. It delivers national and international campaigns, life-saving communication and public information.

In our ambition to unify government communications, a programme of reform known as Reshaping of GCS has been embarked upon. The result will be the provision of more effective, innovative, and efficient communications, delivering the Government’s priorities with one voice.

In order to lead this newly restructured service, we are looking for a Chief Executive (CE). The GCS CE will hold unprecedented responsibility for the development, delivery, and successful operation of the new GCS and establish a new leadership team. One of their first actions will be to contribute to the selection of an Executive Director of Campaign, Marketing and Digital and an Executive Director of GCS Corporate Professional Standards and Single Budget.

As head of the communications profession within the Civil Service, the CE work closely with the Downing Street Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson to ensure departmental communications activity is both aligned and co-ordinated with the PM’s priorities. You will coordinate and lead the GCS annual communications strategy, using insight and data to define cross Government priorities for communications and resources and to maximise the impact for Government. You will be expected to put digital at the heart of what we do, driving strategy to engage and reach all our audiences internationally and domestically across the whole of the UK.

The CE will be a communications professional possessing an outstanding track record of providing strong and visible collaborative and coalition-building leadership with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged, diverse and high performing workforce. A thought leader and source of expertise and innovation, they will have highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, establishing credibility with ease across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Political acumen coupled with a deftness in reaching sound judgements on a range of strategic and reputational issues is critical.

Motivation will lie in successfully gripping the challenges of delivering a fit for purpose modern communications function of national importance and impact.

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please click Apply or contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson; Dr Emma French Darra Power-Mooney or Michael Dobson

Applications must be received by 23.59 on Monday 14 June 2021.

The Cabinet Office has a passion for inclusion and equality which means creating a work environment for all employees that is welcoming, respectful, fair, engaging, and enriched with opportunities for personal and professional development.

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