Communications Business Partners - Flexible Working Available

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
£41,587 - £45,747
12 Feb 2019
12 Mar 2019
Contract Type


About the job Job description

Are you a Communications Professional? 

Do you have the ability to influence colleagues, stakeholders and Government Minsters? 

Have you successfully delivered communications that have had an impact on your audience? 

If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you. 

We are currently recruiting for Communications Business Partners to join us at the Department for Transport (DfT). As a Communications Business Partner you will develop, deliver and evaluate communications for Ministers and the DfT – as well as shaping communications across Government and Arms-Length Bodies. You will work on communications around our huge programme of transport investment and modernisation, as well as our preparations to leave the EU. These programmes are at the heart of Government and opportunities do not come much bigger than this. 

Role Responsibilities include but are not limited to 
• Liaising across the Department, and with relevant external audiences, to build and maintain effective relationships 
• Delivering and evaluating communications strategies and campaigns, working closely with colleagues across policy, the communications directorate and with a broad range of external partners 
• Overseeing the delivery of public announcements and other communications, with effective coordinated working across the policy group, transport stakeholders and DfT Communications Directorate 
• Advising policy teams, Ministers and senior officials on all aspects of communications in line with the Department’s policy and business objectives. 

About you 
You have agility and experience of working across more than one communications discipline, with a deep understanding of evaluating the success of communications. You are also: 

• confident with a proven ability to advise and influence stakeholders and build effective relationships 
• interested in shaping policy from a communications perspective 
• personable and sociable and always keen to work on and learn from new challenges 
• positive in a changing environment and keen to understand the bigger picture 
• a good leader and presenter with the ability to understand and engage your audience. 

Skills and Experience you will also bring to the role 

• Experience of working in strategic communications 
• Experience of working in a delivery focussed environment 

About us 
Whether you are embarking on the daily commute, seeing friends at the weekend, jetting off for holidays or receiving deliveries to your door — every minute of every day people are on the move. 

At the Department for Transport we plan and invest to make journeys better.

We are a high-profile department at the heart of government. We pride ourselves on first-class, creative communication that tells compelling stories about transport through the people that use it. 

We offer you: 
• A chance to work in a high performing team at the leading edge of government communications 
• Experience working on the some of the biggest projects in government, including new high-speed rail, airport expansion and driverless vehicles 
• An excellent learning and development programme, acknowledged as one of the best across government 
• Opportunities for flexible working and a commitment to a healthy work life balance 
• A competitive remuneration package. 

The team combines expertise in digital and content; external affairs; strategic communications; media relations; and marketing. 
If you share our vision of being the 'best in class' and you have the expertise and enthusiasm to deliver in these new and exciting roles, then we look forward to receiving your application. 

We are proud to announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy is recognition of our commitment to make the department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made through our range of Gender, BAME, Disability, Social Mobility and LGBTQ initiatives.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Government Communications Framework - Insight
  • Government Communications Framework - Ideas
  • Government Communications Framework - Implementation
  • Government Communications Framework - Impact

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

For your CV and personal statement please provide evidence of when you have: 

- Experience in working in communications, media, public affairs or campaigns 
- Used excellent written and verbal communication skills 
- Managed stakeholder relationships and briefing internal and external stakeholders 
- Gained understanding of how to design and deliver communications strategies and campaigns 
- Gained understanding of how to use a range of different communications channels to deliver impactful communications 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 
• an interview 
• an interview with one or more exercises 
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 
• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 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

For further information on this role please contact:

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place from 27/02/19. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 11/03/19 in London. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

Similar jobs

Similar jobs