Canary Wharf, Greater London (On-site)
£71,000 + Benefits per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are currently looking for an experienced Deputy Director – Communications to join our Communications and Engagement group.

This is a full- time opportunity, on a permanent basis. The role will be based in 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf London, E14 4PU. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. Informal hybrid working arrangements may be available as agreed with the line manager.

Who are we? The MHRA is transforming to be a world class regulator through making the right benefit risk judgements and delivering the right outcomes for patients. We have an exciting opportunity in our multi award-winning Communications and Engagement group for a new Deputy Director – Communications. You will lead our Communications team, with your focus being strategic communications, risk communications, marketing, and internal and transformation communications.

What’s the role? The successful candidate in this high profile and influential senior leadership role will provide strategic advice, leading high-profile, agency-wide cross cutting communications projects to improve operational effectiveness and public and patient safety, working with senior stakeholders internally and externally. You will advise senior leaders on high-profile communications and engagement issues, many of which are confidential, sensitive and involve understanding of complex issues, development of communications strategies and approaches. In addition, you will develop and lead on internal communications and engagement strategies, enabling employee engagement and promote a patient and customer focused culture. 

Who are we looking for? With a demonstrable track record of successful leadership and management in communications at a senior level, the successful candidate will bring significant experience of developing communication strategies and delivering complex communication campaigns and programmes. 

You will be able to engage with internal and external stakeholders at the highest level and be adept at leading programmes and projects across functions. A confident self-starter, who can operate independently and manage conflicting priorities while delivering strategically, your depth and breadth of knowledge within Communications will be vital to your success in the role. 

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please read our Job Description and Person Specification! 

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The selection process: 

We use the Civil Service Success Profiles to assess our candidates, find out more here. 

  • Online application form, including a statement of suitability of no more than 2000 words. Please ensure all application questions are completed in full; your application may not be considered if any responses are left blank. Our applications are CV blind, and our Hiring Managers will not be able to access your CV when reviewing your application.
  • Presentation, to be prepared as part of your interview, with further information being supplied when you reach this stage.
  • Interview, which can include questions based on the Behaviour, Experience, Technical and Strengths Success Profiles. 
  • An engagement exercise with existing members of the Communications and Engagement Group and a fireside chat with the Director of Communications. 

Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role. Applications are scored based on the statement of suitability provided. You can view the criteria for this role in the job description.

If you require any disability related adjustments at any point during the process, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Closing date:  23 January 2022

If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other questions, please contact us.

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here. 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check as well as animal rights and pro-life activism checks. People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government. 

Any move to the MHRA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here.

Successful candidates may be subject to annual Occupational Health reviews dependent on role requirements. If you have any queries, please contact us.

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should firstly contact Mira Mepa, Head of Recruitment and Operations.  

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:

Civil Service Commission 

Room G/8 

1 Horse Guards Road 



Refreshed on: 17 January 2022
Closed date: 23 January 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Communications, PR, Senior Management