Reference number: 1633589
Salary: £36,734 - £42,411
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 37 full time
Closing date: 5 Jun 2019
About the job
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a creative and vibrant team in the heart of a modern organisation. This is a new post working to the Head of External Communications, responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of all Companies House creative and design outputs.
We are looking for a talented creative with advanced skills in graphic design, photography, animation and filmmaking. Leading a team of four designers, you will be an inspirational people manager able to bring out the very best of your team. You will have excellent problem solving, organisational, collaborative and time management skills and will be passionate about modern design and the role it plays in communication and behaviour change.
It is an exciting time to join Companies House and we would love to welcome someone who can use their skills and enthusiasm to make our voice heard.
About the team
There are 18 professionals in the Companies House external communications team. We have skills in campaigns, design, events management, digital publishing, behaviour change and media management.
Role of post within team
To bring communications campaigns alive by producing thoughtful and creative graphic and digital designs to help get across key corporate messages with high visual impact - for use on a wide range of communications materials, aimed at a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
As a senior member of the external communications team, it will be your job to work alongside campaigns and social colleagues to produce thoughtful and creative collateral for web, print, and social for both our external and internal campaigns. You will be responsible for developing our brand and advising colleagues on how great design can get outstanding results.
head up the development, delivery and evaluation of all creative and design outputs overseeing all design projects, from conception to delivery
create and deliver compelling digital content to support internal and external campaigns by translating key corporate messages into high visual impact collateral
leading and managing a team of four designers, embedding a culture of continuous improvement within the team with an emphasis on keeping track of latest design trends and technology
ensuring that design and creative projects are delivered on time and to budget
provide quality control over design outputs and production
lead on branding for internal and external collateral including overseeing the use of brand guidelines to maintain consistency
bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the external comms team
have a leadership role within the external comms, policy and strategy directorate
co-create content with colleagues from across different parts of Companies House, working to briefs and implementing changes
facilitating difficult discussions within the team or with diverse senior stakeholders
degree in a design related subject or equivalent practical on the job experience
attention to detail and the ability to see the bigger picture
a strong working knowledge of design, brand development and the creative process
a strong understanding of how graphic design can influence user behaviour, and a strong focus on user need throughout the overall design process
excellent people management skills and the ability to review work, troubleshoot and provide thoughtful feedback
creating a team culture that is adaptable, bold and curious
excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
ability to use design to tell compelling stories for internal and external audiences
the ability to storyboard or translate ideas to designers and others, influencing external and internal stakeholders
Applications to be made by CV and covering statement.
Please also include, or provide a link to, a portfolio including examples of work you have delivered directly, and work that you have led a team of creatives to deliver.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Communicating information: Practitioner Level
Evidence and context-based design: Practitioner Level
Leadership and guidance: Working Level
Tools and software: Practitioner Level
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Companies House looks after its staff and this is reflected in the benefits we are able to offer. We recognise our staff are integral towards our success and this is rewarded through:
30 days annual leave (based on full time hours)
Flexible and mobile working
Subsidised gym membership
Membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club
Companies House car sharing scheme
Free car parking
Training and development
Companies House staff discount scheme
Staff counselling service
Children’s Christmas party
Free Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 support line covering financial, stress, family issues, etc
Life assurance- death in service
Occupational health advisor
Mental health advocates
Free quarterly office fruit drops
Long service awards
Massages/ Chiropractor/ Chiropodist (discounted on site)
Free travel season ticket loan
Free health checks and flu jabs
Paid study leave
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants - email@example.com
Interviews to be held at Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ Date to be confirmed.
We welcome applications from Welsh Speakers.
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