1 week ago

External Communications Manager

Birmingham 35K - 40K Permanent

Job Reference: MH152_1630918573

External Communications Manager

upto £40k

You will support the external communications strategy across the UK and play a key part of shaping the growth strategy for the business across the UK.

The role

  • You will work with the wider teams across the UK to provide specialist B2B external comms support
  • To manage the process of identifying and agreeing activity that provides opportunity for recognition through awards or accreditation for all UK businesses.
  • Lead role in drafting and submitting award entries on behalf of all areas of the UK business
  • To liaise effectively and regularly with other members of the UK Communications Team to ensure alignment of messaging and coordination of activity.
  • Work as a member of the Communications incident and crisis management team as and when required
  • To develop and lead the implementation of a creative, ambitious, and scalable external communications strategy (incorporating media relations and stakeholder management)
  • Respond to the news and stakeholder agendas, handle media enquiries and advise on media issues and opportunities.
  • Working closely with the wider marketing teams to support campaigns and ensure PR opportunities are maximised.
  • To ensure external communications materials are appropriately discussed with the business and sign-off is obtained in a collaborative way with both individual businesses and Group Communications.
  • Manage and take responsibility for any budget assigned to the role.

Skills and experience

  • Minimum 4 years' PR and communications experience - either agency or in-house.
  • Excellent verbal & written skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Experience of building and maintaining relationships across different media sectors with demonstrated background in B2B and trade communications and a strong record of securing coverage in all the right places.
  • Experience of writing successful award submissions.
  • Experience in stakeholder management with skills in building and maintaining relationships - including MPs, Councillors, and particularly local government stakeholders, both officers and elected members.
  • Sound knowledge of social media and digital platforms.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills.
  • Good time management and prioritisation.
  • Idea generation and creative thinking.
  • Ability to work closely with a range of internal departments and external partners.
  • Self-motivated, highly flexible and ability to use initiative to do a great job.
  • Commercially aware and results driven.

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