Head of Communications

Bootle, Merseyside
£63,695 - £72,728 + benefits
29 Aug 2019
29 Sep 2019
Job Discipline
Experience Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Communications
£63,695 - £72,728 + benefits 

Nothing stands still at ONR.
Make sure our communications are ahead of the game.

The challenge 

Often in the public eye, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is a growing, rapidly-evolving public corporation. Essentially, we’re responsible for shaping and delivering the regulation of nuclear safety and security across the UK. We’re now looking for an exemplary Head of Communications to manage our reputation – someone who’ll thrive in a fast-paced setting and relish the opportunity to develop our professional team. 

The role 

Helping the public understand our work. Connecting with our workforce. Transforming our activity online. As Head of Communications, you’ll have the chance to take on a wide range of challenges in this varied and high-profile role. We’ll look to you to deliver our stakeholder engagement strategy, brand management, internal and digital engagement, media relations and crisis communications. And all the while, you’ll be building the skills of a keen, capable team. 

To lead an effective, modern communications service and manage our public affairs, you’ll need to work across the organisation at the highest levels. You’ll nurture strategic relationships with industry, government, NGOs, the public, academia, other regulators and the media, providing expert advice plus the insight to deliver our plans. As a senior leader, you’ll be integral to the governance and management of the Policy & Communications Directorate.  

The person

With breadth of experience and a track record in your field, you’ll be a confident leader who inspires trust and respect. You bring relevant qualifications, a network of contacts and a firm grasp of communications practice across government standards and professional good practice. With this background, you’ll know how to deliver creative communications strategies, mastermind change communications and transform digital channels and platforms. Your expertise will give you the credibility to advise at Board level and build links across ONR and beyond. Great people skills will help, as will resilience, strategic thinking and the willingness to learn. 
Working with technical experts, you’ll need to be able to translate complex information clearly and correctly 

The rewards

We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with this role attracting a salary of £63,695to £72,728. Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a generous holiday entitlement.

About us

ONR is a Public Corporation with a Mission to ensure the highest standards of safety and security across all of the UK’s licensed nuclear sites. Our staff are drawn from a wider range of professional backgrounds in order to run a stand-alone business with specialist inspectors to deliver our core business including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases, inspecting nuclear sites, communicating our decisions, training new recruits and representing the UK and ONR within the wider international nuclear community. 


To find out more and apply, please click the Apply button. 

Closing date: Sunday 29 September at 11:45pm

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