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Communications / Marketing

Copyeditor – 36986
£26,411 - £30,324
London

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We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

This is an exciting opportunity to join our public-sector design studio, working on broad range of projects that make a difference to people’s lives. Find out more about Design102 and the work we do on our website: https://www.design102.co.uk/

We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about the written word with a keen eye for detail. You’ll be proofing and editing content for a wide range of clients across central government, working closely with our designers to ensure quality and consistency across deliverables.

If you have an interest in design and care about clear communication, this is the job for you.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • checking text to ensure it is well written, logically structured and in the right style for the intended audience
  • correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • editing text, making sure it is in line with the government style guide or the client’s house style
  • checking facts
  • checking photos and illustrations are correctly captioned
  • ensuring work is delivered to schedule and budget
  • liaising with the creative team and communications colleagues on content for campaigns
  • building and maintaining strong, long-lasting client relationships
  • preparing quotes and schedules for client approval, liaising with design managers and the traffic team
  • discussing work schedules and status knowledgeably and confidently
  • raising queries with clients and/or writers
  • supporting designers with copy for presentations and/or collateral and working as part of a creative team

Key skills and experience:

  • degree or other qualification in English or a related subject such as publishing, media or journalism, or equivalent practical on-the-job experience
  • excellent written English, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines
  • concentration, accuracy and the ability to work under pressure
  • judgement in applying house style
  • tact and diplomacy when negotiating changes with authors
  • ability to maintain the author’s voice after editing
  • good IT skills
  • highly self-motivated with a polite, friendly and diplomatic manner
  • proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail, deadlines and budget
  • good commercial awareness to monitor cost effectiveness of in-house service delivery
  • an interest in current affairs and public communication

Applications should be by CV and covering letter. 

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-     To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3-     To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.