NCSC Deputy Director - Strategic Communications & Marketing Ref.1856

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Operational and Surveillance
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK government’s lead authority on cyber security. Its headquarters are in London, but its roots are in GCHQ’s world-class expertise. NCSC is at the heart of the Government’s new cyber security strategy and has the aim of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
The NCSC has quickly become a leading national voice on one of the most important issues of our time. It is simplifying the current cyber security landscape and seeks to:

• Reduce the cyber security risk to the UK
• Respond effectively to cyber incidents
• Understand the UK’s cyber security environment, sharing knowledge, addressing systemic vulnerabilities
• Nurture the UK’s cyber security capability, providing leadership on key national cyber security issues

What will the successful candidate be doing?

You will oversee the transformation and smooth running of the strategic communications and marketing function, working closely with the media team. This will include the following:

• Setting the communications priorities for the department
• Leading a virtual cross-Government team for a new Cyber Aware campaign, managing multiple agencies, budgets and delivery
• Owning the narrative and messaging for NCSC, ensuring this flows through all external publications
• Managing an events team delivering high profile events such as CyberUK, NATO meetings  and internal stakeholder events
• Leadership of a cross-Whitehall cyber security community and grid of planned activity
• Oversight of a speakers programme for Directors
• Growing the Strategic Communications team in terms of impact and delivery, ensuring insight, evaluation and planning are at the heart of everything we do

You will lead a team of around 18 people based in London and Cheltenham.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking applicants from the widest possible talent pool.  Applications from staff working full-time, compressed hours or job-share are encouraged.  We will take a flexible and positive attitude to how you’d get the job done. Please come and talk to us about how we can shape the role to work for the business and for you.

Essential Skills:

• You will be an experienced marketing and communications professional with demonstrable evidence of developing and leading communications teams that deliver excellent impact and outcomes
• Confident and resilient, you will be comfortable challenging the status quo, and being challenged.
• You will be an innovator with strong collaborative skills
• A track record of positive and effective people leadership
• Building positive and reciprocal relationships with partners inside and outside of NCSC and GCHQ

Developed Vetting (DV) is a requirement of this post and if you do not already hold this level of clearance, we will require you to pass this before you take up the post.


• Seeing the big picture
• Collaborating and partnering
• Managing a quality service

Selection Process

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… why not just give it a go!

To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality and residency requirements. You’ll find more details here: Recruitment Process.  

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

You will need to submit a short covering letter setting out what you would bring to the job, as detailed in the role description and person specification.

You will need to submit a CV as part of your application, giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts.

Applications will be sifted and any candidate passing the sift will be invited to a panel interview.

The closing date for applications is 16th August 2019, however if we receive a high amount of applications we may close the vacancy early. Applicants are encouraged to apply promptly to avoid disappointment. We reserve the right to close the advert early.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.