Communications Manager

UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)

Contract Type:  Fixed Term - 9 Months Maternity Cover (possibility of it being extended to 12 months)                                                                        

About Us:

The UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) is a group of UK government departments and research funders with interests in international development. The Secretariat brings this group together with researchers and other key organisations. Sharing knowledge and promoting opportunities stimulates collaboration and improves the effectiveness of UK investments in development. This ensures the best science is funded and used to benefit both international development and the UK.  See for more about what we do.

About the role:

This role involves managing and overseeing the UKCDS website and other promotional and awareness raising materials. You will manage the strategic oversight of the UKCDS website by:

  • Writing original content and developing content by editing, optimising and adapting existing material for the website, newsletter and other communications materials
  • Working with UKCDS Secretariat, members and stakeholders to write reports of events for the website
  • Managing routine web updates and social media presence
  • Developing the UKCDS monthly newsletter

You will work with and coordinate research communication activities with members and stakeholders, to ensure added value, coordinated messages and maximum outreach. As a Communications Manager you will take the lead role in organising communications activities at UKCDS events such as conferences and workshops.

About you:

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, preferably in a science or social science, and with appropriate communications experience, with a broad knowledge and understanding of science’s contribution to society. Having experience of managing and leading communications is essential.

You will have technical know-how of the following:

  • Experience of using content management systems
  • Managing social networking applications, including Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Some experience of using Photoshop and InDesign
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics and other communications monitoring tools

You must be able to plan and prioritise own work, ensuring that deadlines are met, and/or re-prioritised if necessary and have the ability to reason accurately and quickly, to learn and to handle complex ideas.


Because you’ll be directly employed by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), you’ll enjoy an excellent benefits package including flexible hours and generous leave. The UKCDS office is based in the Wellcome Trust in London Euston, which has excellent on-site facilities, including a heavily subsidised restaurant and café, as well as a free onsite gym. 

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at and submit your CV detailing your educational and professional background, with a covering letter (no more than two pages) outlining how your experience meets the criteria described within this advertisement with your reasons for applying to BBSRC (full details available via the link above).

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote reference number IRC242212.

Closing date for applications: 3rd September 2017
Interviews will be held in London on the 18th September 2017

The employer, BBSRC, welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or gender. As users of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this vacancy.

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