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Organisation : Government Internal Audit Agency
Job Title : Assistant Director Communications
Reference Number: 1544652
Closing Date: 23 Jun 2017
Salary : £48,003 (London) and £44,122 (Outside London)
Location: London, England

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The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) was established as an Executive Agency of HM Treasury on 1 April 2015, and is the specialist provider of internal audit and investigation services to central government.

Related : Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority Policy Officer :

About the Role :
** This is a new role for the organisation and provides an excellent opportunity to develop and professionalise the communications function to operate as a true partner to the business.

** The role will focus on working with senior teams to understand organisational objectives and priorities and translate these into meaningful and engaging internal and external communications activities.

** It will involve providing communications advice and guidance to the Executive Management Team and Senior Leadership Team; and influencing and challenging at this senior level to ensure communications will resonate with our people, our customers, and our wider stakeholders; are aligned to the needs of the business; and are consistent, effective and timely.

** The person in this role will have overall responsibility for all GIAA communications – external and internal, including our change programme.

** The role will involve working closely with other corporate functions within GIAA such as HR, as well as external stakeholder communications teams such as HM Treasury and wider government teams.

** The successful candidate will be working to the Corporate Services Director who is based in the HMT building at 1 Horse Guards Road, London.
** The location of the post is flexible.
** The team currently consists of an SEO Head of Internal Communications (based in Liverpool) and an HEO Communications Officer (based in London).
** There is also a network of local communicators working in the audit management chain in several locations across the UK.

Key accountabilities :
The primary activities are expected to be :
Internal Communications :
Drive the development, implementation and ongoing review of an overarching internal communications strategy and plan to ensure:
** Communications activities are aligned to the objectives and priorities set out within Corporate Plan and change programme
** The tools, channels and processes are in place to deliver high-quality communications in line with best practices.
** Key messages are integrated across channels using a consistent style

** Provide communications advice and guidance to the senior team; and influence and challenge plans to ensure communications will resonate with our people and our stakeholders; are aligned to the needs of the business; and are consistent, effective and timely

** Build relationships internally with other corporate functions – HR, ICT colleagues – and externally with HMT and wider Civil Service communications teams to be able to understand and interpret impacts of any planned changes

** Provide overall editorial control to ensure appropriate content, messaging, tone and consistency in all communications.

** Develop and implement engaging communications campaigns to support the Agency change programme and staff engagement projects including the annual staff survey

** Set standards and practice appropriate to professional communicators and embed these in the team to develop a professional communications service
** Oversee the improvement of digital communications and their use within the Agency

** Oversee the development of a ‘house’ style for digital and written internal communications ensuring they are visually professional, modern and consistently applied

** Line management responsibility.

External Communications :
** Develop a strong understanding of GIAA and the Government Internal Audit Profession (GIAP) key external stakeholders and the distinction between the communication objectives of the two
** Develop professional branding, styles and visuals for both GIAA and GIAP

** Develop GIAA’s and GIAP’s content within ensuring the Agency adheres to best practice standards and to provide advice on content required to be regularly published

** Continuously review the stakeholder management and engagement strategies to identify gaps and/or potential for more effective and efficient means of communication
** Develop effective and efficient internal processes to support external stakeholder communications
** Develop communications campaigns to support GIAA external recruitment

** Assist with the development of GIAA marketing briefs and bid documentation aimed at attracting new customers. Developing consistent styles, templates and providing advice on content and messages within

** Develop and implement with audit teams a consistent and regular customer GIAA communications pack
** Understand, interpret and communicate to GIAA’s stakeholders the impact on the Agency’s services of emerging Government news
** To assist with the presentation and publishing of GIAA publications such as the Corporate Plan and Annual Report.

Person specification :
Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience :
To be successful in this role you will have experience in delivering professional communications support to senior management teams.

You will be comfortable in advising, influencing and providing challenge to ensure both the business objectives and the communications objectives of the organisation are met.

You will need to :
** Have a successful track record in identifying business and people requirements of an organisation and translating these into successful internal communications programmes and activities

** Be able to advise, influence, and provide challenge to become a trusted advisor to senior management on any activities with communications implications
** Assess and understand impacts of plans and initiatives on our people and recommend appropriate communication actions
** Have experience in designing and implementing effective communication strategies and campaigns and delivering to a geographically diverse workforce
** Be able to coach leaders on their communication and engagement style
** Develop and upskill the Communications team to offer a professional service to meet the communications needs of the organisation

Apply and further information :
Contact point for applicants – Application details
Prospective candidates are welcome to discuss the role in advance with Liz Corrin (email

To apply for this post, you should complete an application form and submit it to, quoting the job reference number in your e-mail.

In addition to the above all candidates will also need to complete a Diversity Questionnaire and return this to (not applicable to current GIAA employees)

As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current GIAA member of staff, we will require a copy of your passport confirming proof of both your nationality and your identity, and a copy of a utility bill confirming your proof of address.

Please note, your passport must be in date and valid, and the utility bill must have been issued within the last six months. We will also need to see verification of your National Insurance number.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Sift/interview dates and location :
The location of the post is flexible. Regular working in London will be required to support operational teams and to attend cross-civil service group meetings.

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