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The Role

Post: Public Affairs Officer
Salary: £40,657.00 per annum
Grade: FRS D
Salary range: £40,657.00 - £46,550.00 per annum
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Full-time
Application closing date: Monday 01 July 2024 at 16:00 GMT

The post-holder will support the Public Affairs Managers with our day-to-day, wide-ranging public affairs activity and have responsibility for coordinating LFB’s responses to Mayor’s Questions, managing our responses to external consultations and preparing briefings and alerts for senior officers and staff on key issues in the external environment of relevance to the fire service.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with us on LFB’s key campaigns. This will include identifying opportunities to promote LFB campaigns by arranging meetings and visits for key stakeholders, preparing senior colleagues ahead of these and credibly communicating LFB positions/interests

We are seeking someone with experience of working in a political environment, with a sound understanding and knowledge of the UK’s political systems, parliamentary procedure and how policy is made. Applicants should also have an understanding of London and local government and the key issues facing fire and rescue services in the UK. The ability to digest a large volume of sometimes complex information and present key information to internal and external audiences is also essential. The successful candidate will also need excellent organisational skills to be able to manage their own projects and core work to very tight deadlines, as well as being able to respond to new developments each day.

Further information about the main duties and responsibilities of the role are detailed in the job description. If you are unable to see the job description please visit our jobs pages at to access the full advert.

We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across London. The London Fire Commissioner is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Assessment Overview

Stage 1

Online application, CV and cover letter (sift). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to stage 2.

To apply, please complete the online application, provide a cover letter clearly outlining the relevant experience, skills and knowledge you have to successfully perform this role (see the highlighted areas on job description below) and upload a copy of your up-to-date CV. Please note that we will review and score the cover letter based against the competencies highlighted in the selection criteria section of the job description. The CV is for information purposes only and will not be marked.

Please ensure you give yourself enough time to complete and submit your application. Late or un-submitted applications cannot be accepted.

Please note any correspondence received from us will be via e-mail and sent to the address you provide on your application form.

Stage 2

Assessment for this role is due to take place on the 15th July and will involve a written exercise and Interview. Please be advised that if you are unable to make the scheduled assessment date, we may not be able to make alternative arrangements.

Additional Information

Benefits of working for LFB
• 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
• Option Absence Scheme (which can result in an additional 12 days annual leave for staff at this grade)
• Flexible working including job share
• Welfare Scheme
• Use of Brigade Medical Adviser/physios
• Season ticket loans
• Equality Support Groups
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Opportunity to access affordable accommodation

In line with the Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) employment checks will be completed by successful candidates, which will include a Standard criminal records check. Successful candidate will be required to declare any convictions for offences and any offer of employment is subject to the LFC receiving a criminal records disclosure which it considers satisfactory.