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Head of Media

A new role in the Corporate Communications team, overseeing all media engagement and campaigns activity, the Head of Media will lead a team of managers and press officers to deliver impactful coverage and campaigns to support the aims of the City of London Police, locally in the Square Mile, and across the UK as the National lead force for economic crime. A senior manager in the busy and supportive Communications department, reporting to the Communications Director, the successful applicant will have responsibility for media engagement for local policing in London’s historic financial centre and driving awareness, nationally, of the fraud threat.

According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales, fraud and cybercrime are the most prevalent crimes people will fall victim to. As the national lead force for economic crime, City of London Police is at the forefront of policing’s response to fraud and the Head of Media’s responsibilities will include leading a small team of dedicated specialist economic crime communication professionals, working closely with partners and audiences in the counter-fraud community, and other police forces, to oversee key prevention and awareness campaigns.

The ideal role holder will have extensive media and press office experience, along with a zeal to make a real difference on people’s lives, with a passion for communications coupled with a deep and comprehensive understanding of how to use communications to deliver tangible results. With a proven ability to build productive relationships with key media (national, local, trade and broadcast) and oversee impactful value-for-money creative campaigns utilising traditional and digital channels, the role holder will also be an experienced people manager with proven ability to handle challenging situations with confidence and discretion. At times, the role can be demanding and the role holder should be resilient with capacity to self-manage and prioritise under pressure.

This is an exciting time to join the City of London Police as we implement our ambitious Corporate Plan,

The role holder can choose to be on-call one week in six (approximately), a stand-by allowance is paid for this. As this role is with an emergency service, out of office hours and unsociable working is sometimes necessary.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills with good interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with the media.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence at high level and across stakeholders and partners.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to be resilient and challenge malpractice and misfeasance should it arise
  • Instinctive ability to predict news agendas
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Deliver work of exceptional quality under tight deadlines in and pressurised situations.
  • Confident self-starter with ability to manage issues and workload.
  • Manage, lead and motivate a team, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements and press office best-practice


  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, complemented by an ability to make clear decisions and informed judgements when identifying opportunities for media stories and building relationships.
  • Excellent knowledge of the UK and international media including specialist and trade media.
  • A thorough understanding of the role of the media in promoting the goals and achievements of an organisation.
  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of current and emerging communications, including print, broadcast and digital.
  • Strong understanding of policing, government or home affairs desirable.
  • Educated to degree level, or with relevant equivalent workplace experience


  • Extensive experience of media handling at national level in a fast paced environment.
  • Proven ability to devise and implement effective media strategies, sometimes in pressurised situations.
  • Ability to manage a team effectively, manage sensitive issues and complete staff appraisals, identifying objectives, training and developmental opportunities as necessary.
  • Ability to generate positive coverage and manage issues with reputational risk


  • Experience of internal communication
  • Good knowledge of public sector and/or emergency services.

For more information relating to the post, please contact Teresa La Thangue .

Please email your completed application detailing the selection criteria/skills and experience to clearly quoting the Job title.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018.

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 The City of London Police is keen to promote flexible working and will, subject to operational policing requirements, proactively consider all applications to work flexibly.

The City of London Police is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applicants will need to successfully pass management and security vetting. This post is SC level

Closing Date:
30/11/2018 05:00 PM
Corporate Communications, Business Support Directorate
Guildhall Yard East, City of London
Contract Type:
Full time permanent
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Starting at £41,320 plus £6,090 London Weighting

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