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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

NEW JOBS ON OFFER AT PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL - plus a few of our helpful suggestions

Just so we all understand what is going on inside the Town Hall, we were amused to see the job specification for a mid level manager (salary 30k) in a new role that does not in our view exactly help the good citizens of this fine City, but adds yet another layer of needless jobsworth activity to the PCC 'back office.' 

The job specification clearly written by a computer system somewhere a million miles away from the City of Peterborough and its unique and diverse population.

We've reproduced it below together with a few helpful suggestions to aid any intending candidate. Here goes:

The City Services and Communications team have an exciting opportunity for an Internal
Communications & Employee Engagement Manager. This role will help support organisational
and cultural change and includes taking a lead role in a project which will see the council move
to its new offices this summer

Main duties

? Develop, implement and manage delivery of the employee engagement strategy, ensuring that employees feel informed, involved and able to shape the future of the council, and aligning with the council’s vision, priorities and objectives, and any related

Sit down with impressionable new recruits and hand over a contract of employment, nail a suggestion box to the office wall and to fathom out councils vision objectives and strategy. Arrange a twitter feed from Conservative Central office and the Local Government Association

? Day-to-day proactive planning, production and management of messages and key announcements through a range of content and channels, including their composition, editing and authorisation. Ensure that messages are engaging, effective, timely and
consistent, fit for purpose and adhere to all relevant standards/branding guidelines.
Engage and collaborate with partner organisations where appropriate and required.

Have neat handwriting and write between the lines. No rubbings out.

? Help ensure staff awareness and alignment with organisational goals, values and external messaging, using fresh thinking and creative ideas to turn complex information into relevant, timely, engaging and impactful content for internal audiences.

Take a pack of 52 playing cards and throw the lot up in the air. See if you can catch an Ace. Failing that listen to any number of BBC local radio interviews given either by Sheila Scott and Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald

? Support organisational and cultural change by leading on the effective planning, delivery and evaluation of discrete internal communications projects, including the move to the council’s new office at Fletton Quays in the summer.

Do not tell anyone what a right old Horlicks the whole move to so called Fletton Quays is turning out to be and don't let on how much it is all really costing.

? Champion employee engagement and communications, promoting its value and
benefits, ensuring that best practices are both known and followed.

Keep staff noticeboard up to date

? Contribute to the ongoing development and enhancement of our internal
communications channels using feedback and exploring new innovation tools (including
digital, video, social media technologies and free online design tools).

Waste as much time as you like on these as very few will click onn their tablets to see them but it'll look good on your CV for your next job.

? Advise senior management, line managers and make strategic recommendations on
employee engagement/internal communications to help build leadership expertise and
VNF Nov2015 positive organisation culture. Provide regular updates on internal communications
activity to managers.

Snitching is to be encouraged...if done discreetly

? Identify the training that will enable managers to engage effectively with employees by specifying the skills and behaviours required, devising ways for managers to assess their training needs, producing training specifications and plans, commissioning and
managing providers, managing and delivering training where required. Work with L&D to implement this.

Group away days, in top hotels .. and lots of courses on diverse but worthy subjects

? Gather insight and evaluate all activity to ensure impactful communications that support behaviour change and continuous improvement, including benchmarking, employee feedback surveys and focus groups; publish reports on its impact, benefits and
recommendations for improvements.

Try and stop blunders and misspeaks before the local paper gets them

? Manage the employee recognition scheme to ensure employees are appropriately recognised for their achievements.

Ensure a supply of Gold Stars for wall chart and enough parchment type paper for employee of the month certificates ( employee to buy own frame)

? Advise staff and councillors on excellent internal communications and how best to engage staff to further organisational and departmental priorities, based on audience insight.

Unlikely to be 'excellent' as CIT system won't allow it, but will allow time for longer lunches as it will take a good 30 minutes to walk from the new office block at the far back end of Fletton Quays to anywhere that resembles a cafe or restaurant. Not enough car park spaces so better learn to ride a push-bike.

? Manage the internal communications business support and direct project groups, such as the staff panel.

A kinda moan of the week, pat on the back, endless minutes taken that no one will have time to read. 

? Seek opportunities to become more commercially focused and support the team and organisation in achievement of this.

Work out who is going to pay an enhanced commercial rent for the surplus office space the council has committed to.

? Support the wider Communications teams by offering, as required, internal communications and staff engagement advice.

Tell them how to communicate by not using email and how to use a telephone, rather than snapchat.
Key Skills

? Excellent verbal and written communication, including presentation skills.

Don't start every other sentence with 'Whatevvaar..' or  'Talk to the hand?' Point out your own excellent written skills by correcting 'presentation' to 'presentational'

? Ability to interpret and communicate complex information clearly, simply and succinctly.

Try and work out what has clearly been written in tongues by short tern mega expensive interim consultants who have long cashed in the cheques and moved on.

? Write, implement and manage internal communications plans.

A spirograph and lots of coloured biros come in useful here..

? Excellent relationship building skills - ability to engage and collaborate effectively at all

Buy a round from time to time at Charters (no other pubs nearby)

? ICT skills at intermediate level in Word, PowerPoint and in web based design and other media applications, including social media.

Control, Alt, Delete. Unplug, Restart and put some pictures in it!

? Creativity and innovation.

Frowned upon, but has to be included

? Ability to establish and maintain personal integrity and credibility, building trust when dealing with customers, stakeholders and colleagues.

Define Customer? Stakeholder is easy see any hammer horror film for ideas,  as for colleagues you'll hardly see them as they will be constantly fighting over the available 'hot desks' a kinda corporate 'musical chairs'...

? Politically aware and astute; able to operate and communicate information in a politically sensitive way.

Know which way the wind is blowing and keep your head down. Keep bunches of keys away from a particular councillor ...
? Ability to anticipate staff reaction and sentiment and plan responses effectively.

Keep fit and have a good pair of running shoes handy for when the balloon GOES UP...

? Planning, organising and problem solving skills.


? Training design and delivery skills.

Able to pack parcels, address envelopes and drive the office electric van.

? Resilient and able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

You set the deadlines..

? Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.

Just forget where you saved and filed  the completed work..

To apply, please visit the PCC website at

Best of luck say we sent you! E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .





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