Press Officer

London (Westminster) SW1A
£32,576 - £40,396
17 May 2019
14 Jun 2019
Contract Type


We are looking for press officers to develop and deliver our strategies for effectively communicating with the public through the media.

You must have a finely-honed news sense, excellent judgement, strong political awareness and outstanding media skills gained from working in a government communications environment.

You will confidently provide Ministers and the department with proactive media handling advice on announcements, visits and speeches.

You will:

  • Provide regular media handling advice on policy briefs to the Secretary of State, Ministers, senior officials and colleagues on sensitive, complex and high profile issues.
  • Anticipate and spot breaking news stories and manage your team to issue swift, robust and appropriate responses at short notice and under pressure.
  • Have personal impact in the full range of press office work from briefing journalists to advising ministers face to face.
  • Use the full range of channels in promoting our priorities, maximising digital tools and evaluating your work so that you can gain insight to get the best possible results.
  • Work with policy colleagues in a timely way to examine and define the policy issues which need to be supported.
  • Build on past successes by taking into account the recommendations and lessons learned from previous campaigns.
  • Review the processes which underpin the media engagement process and adapt these where necessary to reflect wider developments.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with Ministers, private offices, special advisers, senior officials, journalists, stakeholders and OGDs.
  • Work effectively with the wider communications team, so that handling plans are joined up with communications strategies.
  • Support the planning and executing the logistics of senior Government Ministers’ domestic and overseas visits, including detailed preparation of supporting communication activities.
  • Advancing visits, always ensuring that the objectives of the visit are met and with an eye on the bigger media picture.
  • Understand departmental and Ministerial briefs so you can communicate key messages clearly, accurately and creatively to media.
  • Act as an ambassador for DExEU Comms - drive enthusiasm for effective engagement across DExEU

While this role is for two years, it comes with entry into the Government Communications Service — the professional body for people working in communication roles across government — and offers those who wish to pursue further roles in Government invaluable insight, expertise and connections to help their future career.

We are a flexible and disability confident employer.