5731 - Photographer
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Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:
- to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
- to support the design and implementation of HM Government’s policies and the Prime Minister’s priorities; and
- to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.
The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-
- treating everyone with Respect
- actively Collaborate, and
- build Trust
We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.
The Cabinet Office is looking to recruit a photographer with a background in photojournalism to join a high-performing, productive, and creative communications team.
Based in Whitehall and reporting to the Head of Digital Communications, the post holder will seek to promote the work of Ministers and the wider government visually.
No two days will ever be the same in this role, one day you may accompany a Cabinet Minister on an international visit, working closely press officers across Whitehall to deliver a series of coordinated announcements, and the next you will be working in the Cabinet Office producing innovative visual content.
The successful candidate will require a high level of tenacity, confidence and determination combined with a good news sense, a high degree of political awareness and exceptional relationship management skills.
You will also need to be highly motivated and comfortable working autonomously in a high-pressure environment.
Out of hours working is also key feature of this role as you will be required to accompany Cabinet Ministers on both domestic and overseas visits.
Applicants must be able to provide consistently high-quality examples of their photojournalism work to date
- Work closely with the Head of Digital Communications to ensure that we capture and promote the work of Ministers the government more widely through visual means.
- Take the lead on capturing imagery during visits overseas and domestic and ensure the imagery is of a high quality.
- Develop and manage relationships with press officers, special advisers, private offices and events teams to ensure that imagery and digital content is an integral part of all media planning.
- Play a leading role in upskilling the digital communications community across government, working with other Heads of Digital to ensure consistent high standards.
Essential skills and experience:
- Proven experience in photo journalism, ideally for a national or regional newspaper.
- Good eye for a picture and the story that the picture is trying to tell.
- Expertise in digital content and photo platforms.
- Ability to edit photos using Photo Mechanic and Photo Shop
- Previous content management experience, ideally in a related area.
- Knowledge of high-end brand cameras and the expert use of them.
Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.
Please contact: Hamza.Khan@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Due to the high volume of applications received for Cabinet Office vacancies, we regret that feedback is only available - at the discretion of the vacancy manager - following the interview stage. Vacancy managers may sift on one lead behaviour at the application stage.
Terms, Conditions and Benefits
This is a Permanent appointment.
This role is based within the Cabinet Office at Grade 7 and £54,700 - £60,635. Annual salary increases will depend upon individual performance and contribution to the organisation’s success. In addition there will be the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses. There is an expectation that successful applicants new to the Civil Service will join on the pay band minimum.
Existing civil servants can take up the post on loan from their parent department for the duration advertised. Those joining on level transfer will retain their current salary. Staff joining on promotion terms will receive up to a 10% increase of their current basic salary or the pay band minimum whichever is the greater. Staff joining on promotion will adopt the modernised terms and conditions of employment which came into force in 2013.
There is a choice of excellent pension schemes. More information about pension provisions can be found at www.civilservice.gov.uk/pensions
Flexible working including job-share arrangements may be considered for this role.
25 days' paid leave per annum rising to 30 days after five years service. In addition, full-time staff receive eight public holidays and the Queen’s Birthday privilege day as well as competitive maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave.
Staff new to the Civil Service will be required to serve a six month probationary period.
The post will be based in Whitehall, Westminster, London.
Relocation Costs No relocation costs will be available.
Equality and Diversity
The Cabinet Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.
We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.
Assessment for recruitment, selection, appraisal, training and career progression purposes is based both on the individual’s ability and suitability for the work. We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential, offering flexible working arrangements wherever possible.
As public authorities departments have statutory duties placed on them that require them to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We expect all staff to assist the department in meeting these obligations. All staff should have due regard for the need to promote good relations between individuals from different groups and work towards achieving equality of opportunity for all.
Civil Service Code
All civil servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code (see Annex A) which details Civil Service values, standards of behaviour, rights and responsibilities. Go to http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk for more information.
We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or after 06 April 2018, may experience implications in continuing to claim childcare vouchers.
HMRC now offer a tax free childcare scheme for new entrants into the Cabinet Office. We also offer a holiday play scheme and the Cabinet Office contribute to the costs for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or September 2018 who are currently in receipt of childcare vouchers and not transferring on a TUPE or COSOP move will be unable to continue to claim childcare vouchers but may be eligible for the HMRC tax free childcare scheme.
Recruitment and Selection Process
You must be a British Citizen, citizen of the British Commonwealth* an EC national or a national of specified Member States of the European Free Trade Area, together with certain members of their families. Certain Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply. In the first instance it is advisable to refer to the Civil Service Nationality Rules which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules If you have any further questions about nationality requirements, please contact the Recruitment Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.)
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
The Cabinet Office is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and will guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
The successful candidate’s appointment will be subject to a series of checks including security, nationality, health and references before a formal offer of appointment is made. Subject to satisfactory completion of the pre-appointment checks, you will be invited to take up the post as soon as possible. The National Insurance numbers of successful applicants will be shared with the Ministry of Defence to aid the tracking of Armed Forces Reservist levels across government.
The Selection Process
Assessment at sift and interviews will be based on meeting any defined skill/qualification requirements along with a Success Profile element assessment, as detailed in the job advert. The Success Profile elements to be assessed will be outlined within the job advert. The Civil Service Success Profile Framework is publically available here:
We would generally expect answers to follow the STAR or CAR structure and encourage candidates to use this throughout their application.
Application/Interview Scoring System
The Cabinet Office adopts a scoring system of 1-7 for Behaviours, Ability, Technical and Experience.
7- The evidence provided wholly exceeds expectation at this level
6 - Substantial positive evidence; includes some evidence of exceeding expectations at this level
5 - Substantial positive evidence of the competency or behaviour
4 - Adequate positive evidence and any negative evidence would not cause concern
3 - Moderate positive evidence but some negative evidence demonstrated
2 - Limited positive evidence and/or mainly negative evidence demonstrated
1 - No positive evidence and/or substantial negative evidence demonstrated
Strengths will be assessed at interview on a 1-4 scale.
Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
● To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
● To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk
The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Cabinet Office Recruitment Team, Human Resources, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ or email email@example.com, in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:
Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to:
Civil Service Commission
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
22/10/2020, 23:55 hours
Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical / professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. Your can find our more abut Success Profiles here.
● Proven experience in photo journalism, ideally for a national or regional newspaper.
● Good eye for a picture and the story that the picture is trying to tell.
● Expertise in digital content and photo platforms.
● Ability to edit photos using Photo Mechanic and Photo Shop
● Previous content management experience, ideally in a related area.
● Knowledge of high end brand cameras and the expert use of them.
This Vacancy is closed to applications.