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£52,157 to £59,960 including London allowance
Closing date
Job location
Kingston Upon Thames
Interview date
Full time (fixed term contract for 1 year - maternity cover)
About this Role

The FBU is the voice of firefighters in the UK, representing the uniformed front line staff of the fire and rescue services. We are the only recognised trade union negotiating nationally with employers on behalf of firefighters and emergency fire control staff.  FBU is supporting our members through challenging times of public sector spending cuts and intense public and media interest in fire service provision and building and fire safety.

We wish to recruit an experienced and skilled professional to cover the maternity leave of our Head of Communications.  You will spearhead campaigns, handle our relations with the media and engage with members. You will also lead and manage our small Communications team.  You will have a solid background in communications and a proven ability to grasp the current issues facing the FBU and our members.  You will be adept at utilising all available resources and opportunities to promote our campaigns and effectively engage with members. Understanding and experience of the requirements of a Communications team within a trade union is essential.  Previous experience in leading and managing people would be a significant advantage.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to play a key role in developing and delivering the message for the FBU. You will report directly to the General Secretary and will have a wide and challenging range of responsibilities. These include developing and implementing the union internal and external media and communications strategies and implementing union campaigns on a range of issues.  You will work collaboratively with a wide range of people, both internally and externally.

Further information

Full details of the job and the skills and experience we are looking for are set out in the job description and person specification which can be downloaded from the link below.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, outlining previous relevant experience and how you meet the job requirements, to Sue Lafferty, email:

First stage interviews will take place on Tuesday, 10 December 2019.

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