Director of Communications

Home Office

Flexible with time spent in London

  • Location

    Flexible with time spent in London

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £93,000 to £120,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 January 2022

  • Client

    Home Office

Ref: GSe82143

Contract: Permanent, Full time and Job share arrangements will be considered

The Home Office mission is fundamentally important: to keep Britain’s streets safe and its borders secure. Each and every member of Home Office staff plays a part in making that happen.  With a budget of £13.6bn and a staffing profile of over 35,000, we lead on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy, counter-extremism and counter-terrorism and work to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK. These issues are at the heart of the Government’s agenda which makes this one of the most exciting and challenging roles in the communications discipline in Government.

This is the most senior Communications leadership role in the Home Office, supporting the Home Secretary to achieve her goals through communication and acting to build the Home Office’s reputation. Through regular engagement with Minsters, you will help them to spot and mitigate risks, change attitudes and change behaviours.  Reporting to the Second Permanent Secretary and overseeing a team of c.120 staff with a budget of £10 million you will be responsible for setting the strategic direction in this area across the Department. 

We are looking for a Communications leader, to help achieve our mission.  You will be a communications professional with an outstanding track record of providing strong and visible, collaborative and coalition-building leadership with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged, diverse, inclusive and high performing workforce. A thought leader and source of expertise and innovation, you will have highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, establishing credibility with ease across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Political acumen coupled with a deftness in reaching sound judgements on a range of strategic and reputational issues is critical as is the resilience to work in a high profile, heavily scrutinised and very visible leadership role.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
09.00 Wednesday 26th January 2022

Shortlist Meeting
10 February 2022

Psychometric Assessments
w/c 14 & 21 February 2022

Final Panel Interviews
w/c 7 March 2022

How to apply

As part of the online application process you will be asked to complete the following:

1. A CV - setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years;

2. A Statement of Suitability – (limited to 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience, provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit these documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact in the first instance.

If you are motivated by the opportunity to successfully grip the challenges of delivering a fit for purpose modern communications function of national importance and impact, we would like to hear from you.  For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson;

James Payne, Michael Dobson or Peter Guilder

The Cabinet Office has a passion for inclusion and equality which means creating a work environment for all employees that is welcoming, respectful, fair, engaging, and enriched with opportunities for personal and professional development.