Communications Officer

Health and wellbeing

  • Cycle scheme: save up to half the cost of a new bike and safety accessories.
  • Free advice and counselling service: if you ever need someone to talk to you’ll be able to call our independent, confidential telephone service 24/7 for practical advice and guidance.
  • Health cost cash-back scheme: use our free scheme to help cover the costs of dental, optical, or physical therapies and other medical treatment.

Financial benefits

  • Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: For many roles you’ll need a DBS check to clear you to work with vulnerable people. We’ll help you with the application and cover the cost.
  • Pension scheme: We’ll pay generous employer contributions into your pension alongside yours, so that for every £1 you save for your retirement we’ll pay in 70p
  • Life cover: For staff under the age of 65 years in our pension scheme, we offer a non-contributory life assurance scheme. That means that if you were to die while employed at Southdown your loved ones would be taken care of financially.
  • Interest-free loans: You can apply to us for a loan to cover costs like tenancy deposits, travel season tickets, or buying a car.
  • Help managing your money: Our employees get free access to financial services and advice through Salary Finance.
  • Discounts and offers: you’ll also get discounts in over 170 high street stores and entertainment venues, including discounted cinema tickets, savings on health and fitness, and supermarket shopping discounts too.
  • Long service awards

Work-life balance

  • Annual leave entitlement: starting at 22 / 25 days (depending on division) per year for full time staff, which increases with length of service.
  • Flexible working: many of our staff have some kind of flexible working arrangement, such as part time, compressed hours, job share or hybrid working.
  • Parental and adoption leave – Occupational maternity / shared parental leave and adoption pay.
  • Special leave for emergencies.
  • Special leave for moving home.
  • Special leave for IVF treatment.
  • Career breaks.
  • Time off for public duties.

Training and development

We know that the quality of our services goes hand in hand with the skills of our employees. Our award-winning training team provide a range of learning and development opportunities for every person that works for us. This includes:

  • In-house professional training courses covering a wide range of specialist subjects
  • Support to gain relevant industry professional qualifications where required
  • Specialists working within teams to support development and delivery of best practice.
  • Opportunities to join organisational working groups looking at areas including client involvement, health and safety, staff training, diversity and equality, and staff health and wellbeing.
  • We also have a robust induction process to support new employees fully understand their role and feel confident and fully prepared. All staff have regular supervision and appraisals to ensure they have the skills and support they need to work effectively and achieve their goals.