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Public sector organisations have a unique and high-profile role in society, which means that clear and effective communication, with the public and wider stakeholders, is vital. From public information and behaviour change campaigns, to raising awareness of public services and policy, or protecting reputations and managing complex issues. Public sector communications and marketing professionals require a specialist skillset and innate understanding of working in the public realm.  

At Hanson Search, we’ve been recruiting senior communicators for UK public sector and public affairs clients for over 15 years, so we understand the skills and expertise demanded by these highly rewarding roles. Our public sector communications experience spans local and central government, the NHS, regulatory agencies, and non-departmental public bodies, and recruiting for positions ranging from Directors of Communications to Heads of Public Affairs, Marketing Directors, Directors of Corporate Affairs, and Heads of Media. 

Our consultants are embedded in the sector, with an understanding of how public sector communications departments operate, the key challenges, and what it takes to succeed in this complex environment. We keep our finger on the pulse of the big issues of the day, and even get involved in helping to stimulate discussion and learning. We’ve hosted and sponsored numerous industry events, including a panel discussion on the Future of the EU Post Brexit, a webinar discussing the Evolution of Public Affairs, and an APPC Young Consultants’ Committee networking session.

So, if you’re looking for senior level professionals who have what it takes to grasp some of the most complex communications and marketing challenges out there, we’re here to help. To discuss a new public sector communications role, for advice on public sector recruitment trends, or to chat through how to rejuvenate your communications department, don’t hesitate to drop us an email or give us a call.

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Researcher, Hanson Search, London

Salary: Competitive with a generous commission scheme
Location: London/Hybrid Reference:
Posted: 21.09.2023

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9-month FTC - Global Corporate Affairs Director, USA

Salary: $250,000 - $300,000 p. a. pro rated
Location: Manhattan, USA Reference:
Posted: 19.09.2023

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Innovation Management Consultant, Financial Advisory, Paris

Salary: Competitive
Location: Paris, France Reference:
Posted: 19.09.2023

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Director of Corporate Communications, Germany

Salary: 90,000€ - 120,000€
Location: Germany Reference:
Posted: 13.09.2023

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