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Location: London, United Kingdom Country Communications Director

Salary: Up to £80,000
Type: Permanent
Posted: 05.09.2019

Working for an environmentally-conscious global leader in power technologies, this is an excellent opportunity to shape, develop and deliver the communications strategy across the UK and Ireland.

The business provides product, system, software and service solutions across the power value chain that are designed to meet the growing demand for electricity with minimum environmental impact.

Reporting into the European Head of Communications, you will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for proactive engagement with national businesses and stakeholders. You will drive brand reputation with key internal and external audiences: employees, future employees, students, business and financial media, community leaders, and customer senior-level functions, while aligning with corporate global messages.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, develop and execute an integrated communication plan to advance the business brand identity in the country, broaden awareness of the organisation’s market leadership and increase visibility across key stakeholder audiences
  • Responsible for all media relations including crisis and issue-related responses
  • Support key leaders with thought-leadership content, communication guidance and engagement opportunities
  • Work closely with stakeholders and target groups to identify and develop compelling stories that support the company’s key messages and strategy
  • Ensure organisational initiatives and projects are successfully communicated internally to employees and stakeholders and build a strong employee engagement
  • Be a key figure within the Region Communications team, including budget control, safeguarding brand identity, managing communications agencies and working with the global team to manage announcements and campaigns

Key Requirements:

  • Several years of relevant communications experience in an in-house matrix setting
  • Cross-functional communication skills with focus on editorial (media, investors, branding, web, internal, etc)
  • Intercultural competence and experience working with European teams
  • Previous experience of working in a highly-regulated sector such as energy, engineering, technology, utilities, etc
  • Strong networking ability and proven experience dealing with multiple stakeholders
  • Understanding of digital communications and social media
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Direct experience working with and influencing senior management

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Senior Consultant Jenny Waters

Jenny's focus is on finding the best talent within the corporate communications space. Working in partnership with UK and global agencies and in-house clients, her expertise covers both external and internal communications.

After several years in leading PR agencies working with professional services clients, including Cooley LLP, Countrywide and LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Jenny joined Hanson Search, bringing a wealth of industry knowledge to her role to help clients and candidates alike.

Jenny is Co-Chairman of the PRCA NextGen London Group, which is a forum providing information, support and advice to practicing PR and communications professionals from Graduate level up to Account Director.

Originally from Scotland, Jenny graduated with a first-class joint honours degree in international relations and legal studies from the University of Aberdeen.

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