The Office of Fair Trading is seeking a senior PRO to fill its new chief of communications post and lead a complete restructure of its public relations needs.
OFT's hunt for a director of communications follows the retirement of head of information, Dermod Hill.
The government department, which protects consumers and enforces UK competition policy, is planning a reorganisation of its internal and external communications to coincide with the appointment of the PR director and to match the changes brought about by the Competition Act of March 2000.
The OFT's current information branch is set to change name to the communications branch. It will also extend its existing sectors of news, press, publicity and information management, to include the library, public liaison and information technology divisions - bringing the total communications team number to nearly 40.
Part of the director of communications role will be to oversee OFT's intranet and website, as well as to develop knowledge sharing within the group.
Head of news Mark Kram said the changed role and expanded unit are being designed to develop the OFT's recently-acquired powers to investigate and take action against anti-competitive behaviour, as stipulated in the Competition Act.