Communications Business Partner

Posted 19 March by Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited
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Looking for a Communications Business Partner to join on of the UK's leading contractors in Maple Cross

Job purpose

Develop and deliver internal and external communications in support of designated operating units (OUs). The role covers a range of internal and external communications activities in support of the designated OUs, including employee communications, media relations, project communications, marketing communications, social media and website content. Strong writing skills are a pre-requisite for this role.

Principal duties and accountabilities

Support the senior communications business partner to:

  • Develop and implement communications plans for identified operating units
  • Provide content for - and contribute to the development of - the intranet, external website and social media
  • Develop and provide content for employee communications, suitable for a range of audiences, some in dispersed locations with limited access to main channels
  • Provide communications guidance to projects and develop relationships with customer communications teams
  • Proactively manage relationships with targeted media contacts, creating news releases, identifying media opportunities and creating content for our clients publications
  • Event management, primarily for the operating units
  • Project manage the delivery of communications material, working with the in-house creative services team and/or external agencies
  • Ensure our clients brand guidelines are followed in all communications
  • Fulfil designated, additional responsibilities across the communications function, as agreed with line manager, for example, UK Management Conference
  • Cover responsibilities on behalf of line manager as required
  • Be a proactive, contributing member of the communications enabling function
  • Develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and peers

The successful candidate will have direct experience of working within an in-house communications function or communications agency. A humanities or relevant degree in journalism, marketing, public relations or a writing-based discipline is an advantage. Also, an advantage, though not essential, is experience in a construction or infrastructure-related environment or one that includes a widely dispersed, project-based workforce.

Requirements An ability to:

  • Combine strategic thinking with hands-on implementation
  • Contribute to the evolution of communications channels and the implementation of new ones
  • 'Join the dots' - making connections and tying stories to strategic priorities
  • Write in a well-structured, purposeful manner for a wide range of media, including the company magazine, intranet and social media
  • Provide guidance on internal communications techniques and tools
  • Provide guidance on the principles associated with activities such as graphic design, web design, print production and management, video production, social media and events
  • Undertake and oversee the three broad requirements for a good communications professional:
  • the insight and experience to be able to 'unpack' a problem or challenge and break it down into its constituent parts
  • the ideas needed to develop creative solutions
  • the appropriate project management skills to ensure successful product/service delivery
  • Prioritise and manage competing demands
  • Lead and deliver projects running concurrently

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