External Affairs Lead – FTA 34 views

Based at Culham (Oxfordshire), hybrid working 

Up to £57, 658 (plus a £2,000 South East allowance per annum if applicable) plus a generous benefits package

Fixed Term Appointment for two years, full-time (37.5 hours per week)

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is an armed police force, responsible for the protection of civil nuclear facilities and materials whether they are on site or in transit. Counter-terrorism is a major part of our policing. Our ambition is to be recognised nationally and internationally as the leading policing organisation for the armed protection of civil nuclear material and the critical national infrastructure of the UK.. Given the critical nature of our work, it’s vital that we recruit skilled and committed professionals to our hard-working team.

As the External Affairs Lead you will support the Head of Engagement and Communications to enhance the CNC’s and Civil Nuclear Police Authority’s (CNPAs) engagement with the nuclear industry, Home Office policing, sponsoring government department, central government, wider political arena and other key stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to lead, direct and coordinate all external relationship management – specifically focussing on national engagement and identifying and providing advice about issues that impact upon the CNC and CNPA.

Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Leading, advising and establishing a stakeholder management function across the force, including advising the CNC Executive and the CNPA
  • Setting the Force-wide tone and direction for all external affairs – implementing an annual management plan
  • Leading the implementation of this plan, ensuring it is regularly reviewed and developed according to changes in  our stakeholders and the political landscape and that the plan helps to both protect the reputation of the Force and to build trust and legitimacy
  • Coordinating relationships – including identifying key partners and advising on engagement opportunities and activities, while maintaining a database of key collaborators
  • Raising complex external affairs and partner management matters. Assessing the facts and providing expert advice on how to approach a situation that takes into consideration standard process, potential threats and challenges
  • Working with the Head of Engagement and Communications to plan and co-ordinate responses to critical and major incidents, looking at the situation from an external affairs perspective, identifying significant risks and putting in place activity to mitigate against them. Agree any external affairs messaging that needs to be disseminated and lead on ensuring that the relevant information is provided
  • Playing an active role at a national level to ensure external affairs activity about priority issues are coordinated effectively, including but not limited to counter-terrorism, civil contingencies and nuclear security

Essential Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent experience, ideally in Media, Communications, Politics or Public Relations
  • Demonstrable experience of executive level management in stakeholder relations and/or external affairs
  • Experience of leading colleagues, either through direct line management or by leading them through projects or campaigns
  • Demonstrable experience and understanding of organisational politics and experience of working within a politically sensitive and security driven environment
  • Experience developing coordinated communication and engagement strategies
  • Experience of the challenges facing policing and/or the nuclear industry
  • Experience of crafting communications to persuade an audience or effect behavioural change
  • Adept at planning, implementing and evaluating communications projects, which deliver effective outcomes
  • Highly proficient at balancing multiple deadlines, shifting priorities and rapid change with ease, while maintaining focus on the most important priorities for achieving success and providing high quality content to quick deadlines
  • An ability to work with a diverse range of partners is crucial and the post holder must be able to see across multiple business areas drawing together a coherent narrative, spotting risks and opportunities and taking a proactive approach to engagement


Please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience against the essential experience listed above. Please provide examples that demonstrate experience against each of the points to strengthen your application.

Contact the Police Staff Recruitment team if you would like to discuss the role further, or for a more detailed job description email policestaffresourcing@cnc.police.uk

As police staff the public expect us to display the highest standards, values and professional qualities at all times. The CNC values and Code of Ethics applies to all police staff and sets out the principles and standards of behaviour we expect to see, and you are responsible for displaying and delivering these to the highest standards.

Benefits of working for the CNC:

  • 27.5 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Additional 30 minutes time worked during the week to accrue additional leave, which can be used for period between Christmas and New Year
  • Generous pension scheme (20.7% employer contribution) The employer contribution for this grade is a minimum of £10, 300.11 minimum per year, and minimum employee contribution of £4, 080.23 annually. A total minimum annual pension contribution of £14, 380.34
  • Flexi-time working scheme
  • Bonus scheme – dependent on organisational performance, up to a maximum of 7% of salary
  • Officers and staff also have the opportunity to join the national Blue Light Card scheme which offers discounts on a variety of products and services to those working in the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces
  • Subsidised Costa Coffee on site (Culham only)
  • Free parking on site
  • Access to gym facilities
  • Enhanced family friendly and wellbeing policies
  • Cycle to Work scheme

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are central to the values of our organisation. At the CNC we value and embrace the unique experiences, identities and abilities that each of us bring to our roles. We strive to empower everyone to bring their authentic self openly and safely to work.

Through the dedicated commitment of our affinity networks, EDI team and wider HR departments, we are on a journey to embed our EDI commitments, ensuring the CNC is an employer of choice, where everyone feels included.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodations.

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