Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Reference Number IRC239155
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £29900
Date Posted 15 December 2016
Grade HRC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 January 2017
Interview Date 03 February 2017

Salary: £29,900.00
Grade: D
Contract Type: Fixed Term or Secondment up to two years
Hours: Full Time (Part Time hours will be considered)
Closing Date: 26 January 2017
Interview Date: 03 February 2017
Detailed Description  
The role of the Executive Directorate Communications and PER team is evolving rapidly in line with the development of new ways of working across the collective RC’s and move towards a proposed single functional model for communications and public engagement.
As part of the development of stronger collective and cross-Council working there is a need for previous roles (and therefore current vacancies) to be redefined to support the creation of new collective infrastructure to facilitate the different Council teams to work together as a collective function – and to deliver increased collective effectiveness and streamlined interactions for stakeholder audiences.

The post would provide a single media first point of contact and would work to the newly appointed Head of Strategic Campaigns and the cross-Council Chair of the News Planning Group. By supporting the Group Chair you will enable stronger collective responses to media queries and provide a predictable baseline of capacity for collective working; freeing the Chair to lead on strategic media issues and proactive planning. You will also support the development of cross-Council news and forward planning groups, processes and systems.

The post would be expected to support collective functional development in media relations during the transitional period towards collective single functional models during 2017-18.


  • support the development and delivery of collective RC media planning and delivery under the direction of the Chair of the News Planning Group (or its successor) and managed of the Head of Strategic Campaigns
  • provide first point of contact for reactive media enquiries to RCUK Executive Directorate and on collective Research Councils issues
  • under direction from the Chair of the News Planning Group, develop media responses and announcements in liaison with Council press teams, distribute responsibility to respond to appropriate teams when appropriate, issue responses or proactive announcements
  • undertake media monitoring on collective RCs issues and mentions
  • work closely with RC press teams under direction of Chair of the News Planning Group to deliver forward planning processes, support Chair to engage with BEIS press office and to deliver effective collective media responses
  • provide coordination and support to relevant collective groups, activities and campaigns
  • under direction of Chair of News Planning Group, provide flexible cover for individual Councils’ reactive press office cover as required when Council staff are working on collective activities
  • provide relevant RC Communications and Engagement Group functional groupings and networks with coordination and planning capacity at the request of relevant Chairs
  • support the use of collective narratives, strategic messaging and effective joined up content in collective activities. 

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience
  • demonstrable excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • demonstrable strong editing and proof-reading skills
  • demonstrable experience of working in a press office environment and ability to manage relations with media contacts
  • proven ability to work autonomously, with good organizational skills, and to deadline
  • ability to work flexibly to cover media responses.


  • Degree in either science/arts or communications or equivalent experience
  • demonstrable strong understanding of the Research Councils, partner organisations, research organisations or Government communications.

Employee Benefits
The Research Councils recognise and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As users of the “Two Ticks” disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.
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