Summary

About HM Treasury:

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.

Job description

Ministerial and Communications
The Ministerial and Communications Group sits at the heart of the Treasury. It provides support to Ministers, through the Ministerial offices; it acts as the external face of the Treasury, through the Press Office and Communications teams; and it is responsible for the management of the department, through its support for the Permanent Secretary, the Treasury Board and the Executive Management Board (EMB), and its ownership of Treasury governance structures. The Group is led by the Permanent Secretary.The Communications Team is responsible for all communications conducted by HM Treasury and its Ministers. It works closely with Ministers, special advisors and policy teams to communicate the full range of the Treasury’s work, through traditional and new media channels.
The team is high-performing, supportive and fun. We work highly collaboratively across the different aspects of communications (press, digital, events). The roles are high-profile and post-holders are given a large degree of ownership for their projects. The team is a flexible resource and the post-holder will need be ready to support colleagues during busy periods and as responsibilities can move around to reflect government priorities.There has never been a more exciting and important time to work in Treasury communications. We are supporting people and businesses through the covid crisis, and setting a direction for the future of Britain’s economy for the decades to come. Getting this right matters, and we want you to come and play your part by joining the team.

This post is an excellent opportunity for a collaborative person with excellent judgement to develop their career in the heart of government. The post-holder will help to shape the government’s communications on infrastructure and the regions – explaining how what we do affects people’s every day lives. This will include highlighting how the levelling up agenda –a priority for the Chancellor and Prime Minister – is delivering for people right across the country by ensuring everybody has the same opportunity to get on in life. It will also involve promoting delivery, across Whitehall, of the National Infrastructure Strategy.

The post-holder will play a key role communicating government support for businesses – both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond – and will lead on the Exchequer Secretary’s media engagement as the minister’s Press Secretary.

This is a wide-ranging role and no day is the same. The Infrastructure, Regions and Business Support desk always has issues in the news, and applicants should show they have great prioritisation skills with the ability to balance competing demands. It is a fast-paced and rewarding job, and you will often see your work on the front page of national and regional newspapers, as well as leading broadcast bulletins and online news. The role requires an enthusiastic, can-do person able to link their work with wider Treasury and government activity.

The core responsibilities include:

1. Developing effective, powerful communications plans to drive the government’s agenda forward, from infrastructure investment and the levelling-up agenda, through to business support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. Delivering high-quality comms activity, including briefing and advising the Exchequer Secretary, accompanying them on ministerial visits, and designing and writing materials for announcements.
3. Building strong partner relationships, including with Number 10, and playing a leading role in Treasury’s vital comms work with other government departments.
4. Working flexibly across policy areas, including economy comms, as a core member of the Treasury comms team.

Responsibilities

Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. An ability to communicate complex issues in an easily accessible, eye-catching way – Communicating and influencing
2. Excellent judgement and awareness of the broader context – Seeing the big picture
3. Someone who thrives working independently in a high-paced environment to deliver key ministerial priorities – Delivering at pace
4. Communications or media experience, and/or an understanding of presentational issues in government – Experience

The lead criteria is: number 1
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits

Flexible working arrangements:

HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Benefits:

• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
• A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:
• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Eligibility Statement
Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting. To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years. A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Further information

Complaints Process: Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email at: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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