Welcome to Fife College

We're seeking a PR & Public Affairs Lead

The PR & Public Affairs Lead will work proactively across the organisation to develop, implement and evaluate the College’s PR and public affairs strategy and plans, ensuring their alignment to the College’s strategic aims and objectives.

We gravitate towards those who are passionate about what they do, and confident in their abilities to help the college make a real difference to the people, communities, employers, environment and economy of Fife. You need to be a good ‘people person’, not only to build strong relationships with local media, politicians and partner agencies, but also to develop fruitful relationships and engage with your colleagues internally, who you will rely on to provide you with the news and information to more easily do your job.

Home to over 17,000 students and 1,000 staff
Our five campuses sit at the heart of the Kingdom - Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth
and Rosyth
Our prestigious Andrew Carnegie Business School offers professional qualifications and training courses in business, management and leadership
Last year alone, our Adam Smith Scholarship awards benefited over 300 students
We have our own University Hub in Dunfermline for degree study, plus dedicated areas in both Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes
We offer the second largest number of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across the Scottish college network, with around 400 places on offer
Our Carnegie Conference Centre last year helped NHS Fife vaccinate over 50,000 people
95% of our students would recommend us to others
90% of our students progress either to employment or to further studies after completing their education
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Consider a career with Fife College

We might be somewhat biased, but we believe that Fife College is a superb place to work. However, you don’t have to just take our word for it – in our last staff survey, 79% of our colleagues said they were proud to work for Fife College.

Our aim is to have a talented and diverse workforce, and we offer excellent career opportunities for those with the drive and enthusiasm to succeed. Across both academic disciplines, and a full range of professional services positions, we’re always looking for people with the dedication, passion and ambition to join our team.

What Makes Us Stand Out?

Two things – People and Purpose. You’ll find that the people who work here care deeply about their jobs, and will be friendly, helpful and willing to see you settle in and thrive in your role. There is a real sense of community, with people proud to work here. This is linked largely to Purpose – what the college aims to achieve, in helping students thrive; of providing opportunities to all; of having courses and training to suit all ages; helping local communities; working in tandem with local businesses and employers. It means people get up in the morning and look forward to coming to work, and go home again at night knowing
they’ve done something worthwhile.

10 Reasons to Work With Us

Our Vision, Mission & Values

10 Reasons to Work With Us

We pride ourselves on offering a rewarding working environment which allows people to develop their careers, gain experience and knowledge, and fulfil their potential whilst at the same time being able to balance their own life priorities.

 
Here are ten good reasons why you should work for us:

Reason 1
We offer a comprehensive pay and benefits package, including access to a public sector pension; a flexible working environment; and a generous holiday entitlement.
Reason 2
We have a working environment full of first-rate facilities, including a University Hub, a Conference Centre, fully kitted-out construction and engineering workshops, state-of-the-art kitchens, a recording studio, radio station, stage theatre, computing labs, hair beauty and make-up salons and even an aircraft cabin!
Reason 3
We actively engage with our staff through surveys and other means, listening and acting on what we hear. In our most recent Staff Survey (December 2021), 80% said they were ‘proud to work for Fife College’ and 70% ‘would recommend Fife College as a great place to work’.
Reason 4
We have strong links with local industry, working closely with them to ensure our courses provide our students with the knowledge, skills and experience that they are looking for, both now and in the future.
Reason 5
The health and wellbeing of our staff is of vital importance and we support the ‘Healthy Working Lives’ initiative. As part of this, all our colleagues have access to a confidential 24 hour, 365 day assistance and counselling programme should this ever be needed.
Reason 6
We commit to supporting the learning and development needs of everyone, including offering the opportunity for staff to undertake any course provided by the College for free.
Reason 7
We support sustainable travel with a Cycle to Work scheme and all colleagues can access reduced fares from Stagecoach buses to support the use of public transport.
Reason 8
We are a Living Wage Employer as we see the benefit both to our colleagues in ensuring they enjoy a certain standard of living and as part of highlighting the importance of this to our students.
Reason 9
We are a Disability Confident Employer, showing our commitment to finding the best people possible to fill our vacancies and our commitment to celebrating the skills and experience that every member of our staff brings to the workplace.
Reason 10
Finally, we put fair work at the heart of everything we do. To ensure we do this, we follow the principles of the Scottish Fair Work Convention.
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Our Vision, Mission & Values

To transform the lives of our students through inspirational learning and teaching.

We will deliver excellent opportunities for our students and work with them to develop their full potential with life-enhancing skills, knowledge, experience and resilience that will shape their future success.

  • Student-centred
  • Ambitious
  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Integrity
  • Innovative

Careers

PR & Public Affairs Lead

Salary
£38,341 – £41,809

We look for enthusiastic and dedicated professionals who share our vision of transforming the lives of our students through inspirational learning and teaching. Our aim is to have a talented and diverse workforce and we are committed to investing in Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) for all staff to enable us to deliver our strategic priorities.

The PR & Public Affairs Lead will be at the centre of promoting our brand, ensuring the ‘good news stories’ get to the local media and our wider stakeholder audiences to communicate all the benefits we deliver to the people, communities, employers, environment and economy of Fife. You will be at the forefront of our public affairs, stakeholder and political engagement, especially as we proceed towards the completion of our new £100m Net Zero campus in Dunfermline by 2024. You will interact closely with internal and external stakeholders, including our Executive team and Board of Governors.

A key part of your role here will be to drive all communications and engagement with stakeholders for this new build. You will have a good record of leading and driving PR programmes as well as developing great relationships with the press. You’ll also be comfortable engaging with politicians and senior stakeholders within the organisation. If you are a ‘people person’, passionate and confident in your abilities to help the college make a real difference to the people, communities, employers, environment and economy of Fife, this is the role for you.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Working closely with the leadership team and academic areas to develop, implement and manage both the public relations and public affairs strategy
  • Developing a programme of proactive PR designed to enhance the profile of the College
  • Generating engaging content – press releases, thought leadership articles, blogs, profile pieces
  • Manage and influence reactive press and political enquiries
  • Build relationships with Fife-based and national press as well as political figures
  • Line manage one direct report

The PR & Public Affairs Lead is one that makes a difference as we are training and building tomorrow’s workforce. We have a fantastic culture with a collaborative team around us – and this is indicative of years of service across employees. We also offer some fantastic benefits – including 46 days holiday and a workplace pension scheme.

This role is hybrid-based with a couple of days a week on-site at our Dunfermline campus. 

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If you would like any information about this opportunity with Fife College, please get in touch with
Denholm Associates today.

Thank you.

ZOE LUMSDEN

Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

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Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business


In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

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Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

DREW GILLIES

SENIOR CONSULTANT - AGENCY

Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.

DAVID RANDALL

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING & SALES

David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.

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