Editor in Chief

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16 September 2020
HMICFRS
Location: London
Salary: £55,646 - £62,861
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Job Description

Westminster, London

Few Editor in Chiefs can say with complete honesty that their words keep people safer. But in this role, youll oversee reports that increase protection for children and domestic abuse victims, deliver justice for victims of crime, and improve our policing and fire and rescue services. 

Focus on positive change 

HMICFRS provides authoritative information that helps the public assess the performance of their police force and fire and rescue service. We ask the questions citizens would ask, use our expertise to interpret the evidence, and publish the answers and our recommendations in plain English. 

Recent reports have focused on fraud, child protection, domestic abuse and the police response to people with mental health problems. Our fire and rescue inspections also highlighted a lack of diversity, cultural problems and out-of-date working practices.

As Editor in Chief, youll make sure these inspection reports and other written materials are not only clear and well structured but persuasive, so services take our advice to heart.

Quality copy

Practically speaking, well expect you to be the vocal and visible champion of readable, logical and precise language. The inspirational figure who leads our language programmes, assesses reports, recruits and coach authors, and creatively inspires everyone to follow  the guidelines.

Youll work with our publications team to enhance operations too. And therell also be the opportunity to lead the development of our annual State of Policing and State of Fire and Rescue reports closely collaborating with Her Majestys Chief Inspector, Sir Thomas Winsor.

A proven expert

A highly-respected senior writer, editor or journalist; youll be known for your clear thinking, crisp analysis, and ability to write with clarity, rhythm, simplicity and elegance. 

Furthermore, youll have experience of advocating for that same tone in people of all levels as a leader, through training sessions, and in your day-to-day work. 

Knowledge of policing, criminal justice or fire and rescue would help, but isnt essential. Its your writing that will set you apart. 

There are more details on the role and the application process on our website.

Equal opportunities

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for anyone with a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010, if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

We will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, caring responsibilities, part-time working or any other factor irrelevant to a persons work.

We are committed to giving all staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential.

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.