Audit Scotland is looking for a Communications Manager, and so we asked our current Communications Manager to give us some insight into his time in the role.
By James Gillies, Communications Manager
At Audit Scotland we report on just about everything that affects you, me, your family and Scottish public life in general. From the NHS and the police, to the construction of the new Forth bridge; there is hardly a topic relevant to public services in Scotland that isn’t covered in some shape or form by our work.The key purpose of the comms job is to get our findings out to the right people to help ensure our work makes a difference. That can be decision makers right through to practitioners and service users. To do that we need to use all the communications tools at our disposal, from traditional to new media, as well as conferences and workshops. Digital is a key development area for us.
We’ve built up a great communications team here. We run our interactive website and social media accounts, deal with media and parliamentary relations, schedule, design and produce all our key reports.
The Communications Manager role is a mixed and challenging one. At one level it’s about getting the bigger picture, making strategic decisions, being politically aware. At another it’s about detail – keeping track of an ever-changing schedule, reacting to events, nurturing a great team, and maintaining the quality, integrity and independence of our communications.
On a professional level it’s a fantastic opportunity. Senior managers here understand the value that communication brings, and they expect results from it. I’ve been given a huge amount of autonomy to run the team with complete support from the top. I think it’s paid off and Audit Scotland has an enviable reputation for its work generally, and communications in particular.
This is a chance to steer the Communications team and strategy through a time of particular change and uncertainty. You could argue that the independent voice of audit is going to be needed more now than ever. It will be up to you to help make it heard.
If you’re interested in joining our award-winning communications team please visit our careers page.
Applications close on 21 October.