Head of Corporate Communications

Corporate Communications
TVP SMG, circa £72,096 per annum, plus benefits
Full Time

A leadership role in communications where you can see the impact you make.

Leading the Corporate Communications department of one of the UK’s largest police forces is more than a job. You will use your skills as a professional communicator to really make a difference to the communities we serve. Building and maintaining public confidence in policing will be one of your key challenges.

Leading a team of communications specialists, you will be working in the front line of policing delivering services 24/7 to protect the vulnerable, prevent crime and bring offenders to justice. Using your expertise in strategic corporate communications, you will support community relations to reassure and motivate the public and stakeholders to deliver more effective policing.

You will help equip our leaders, officers and staff with the necessary training, skills, support and channels to engage with the public, and deal directly with the media and social media where appropriate. As a member of the force’s senior leadership team you will provide challenge to the status quo and a reputational perspective on proposed decisions to support the development of the force and its reputation.

You will develop a long-term communications strategy focused on supporting a significant programme of change, building public confidence, as well as providing impactful media management for major investigations and critical incidents. You will play a key role in protecting the communities we are responsible for and helping to build the resilience of our people to deal with the toughest of working environments.

The person

A qualification or substantial experience in public relations, media or communications is essential. Though your background could be in the public or private sector, you will have worked for a large organisation with a diverse stakeholder and customer base. You will have developed and implemented major corporate communications campaigns and have experience of crisis management.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to demonstrate experience of collaborating, challenging, negotiating and engaging in order to effectively persuade and influence people at all levels.

With a thorough grasp of change management and information dissemination techniques, you will be able to respond quickly to new technological innovations.

You will have the strategic awareness, political acumen and influencing skills to thrive in a high-profile public organisation, and the leadership skills to manage and develop a team of professional communicators.

We are looking to progress potential candidates as follows:

Friday 3rd April – Shortlisting

Friday 17th April – Interviews

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, performance related pay increases, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link.

If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 – Option 1 (internal 301 6500) quoting reference 16715.

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 29th March 2020.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

This opportunity is closed to applications.