View Vacancy - Head, Press & Communications for UK Trade, Economics and Prosperity India

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Department for International Trade roles
Department for International Trade (DIT)

Main purpose of job:

To lead on external press and communications work for the UK Trade, Economics and Prosperity network in India as well as internal UK Government messaging on bilateral UK/India trade and investment successes.

Roles and responsibilities 

Working with teams across the British Government’s large and diverse network in India, you will develop and deliver strategic communications that support the UK’s economic and prosperity objectives. 

You will own communications for the key DIT sector campaigns, and design and drive cross-cutting prosperity campaigns, exploiting synergies between the various departments, and evaluate activity rigorously.

You will develop content (e.g. core scripts, messaging, press releases, op-eds, rebuttals, digital content), identify good news stories and spot opportunities to align the UK’s strengths with India’s commercial and industrial policy initiatives.  Working to the Snr Marketing Manager you will own DIT/UKTEP’s digital presence in India (Twitter, LinkedIn, website content) and drive engagement by developing innovative, eye-catching, on-brand content. Working closely with HMG marketing and communications teams across India, you will create marketing content.

Managing ministerial visits to India is a major part of the job.  You will brief British ministers, manage their media interactions, and ensure their visit furthers our communications objectives, foreseeing and managing difficult stories.

You will line manage a small team of communications professionals, drawing on resources from across the UK family in India and work closely with sector specialists from the Department for International Trade, Science and Innovation Network, DFID, and economic teams. 

You will have excellent contacts in Indian media, especially senior economic journalists, and understand how to place and manage stories.  You will have the ability to operate at a senior level, developing contacts in industry, niche media and influencers, and Indian government.

You will also liaise closely with colleagues across HMG in India and London, using strong internal communications to promote the India network’s successes.  Working with DIT sector teams, you will develop strategies to help attract British companies to the Indian market.

Reporting to the DIT Senior Marketing Manager, the successful candidate will work for and with both UKTEP and FCO Press & Communications Group colleagues, located in the Press and Communications Group. 

 Learning and development opportunities 

Tremendous range of on the job learning and development opportunities through exposure to Ministers and senior UK Government officials.  Management opportunities.

Knowledge of communications and press strategies and experience of working with media.  A good understanding of trade and investment and policy implications. Confident oral and written communication and interpersonal skill.


Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service
26 February 2018
C5 (L)
Fixed Term
40 Hours
36 months
South Asia & Afghanistan
New Delhi
British High Commission
Salary will be Rs. 118,756 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Special Allowance.
1 May 2018

British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with Rs 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family. 

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance.

Around half of our work force is women. We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

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We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

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