Communications & Engagement Manager for the Henry Royce Institute

The University of Manchester - Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

Closing Date: 16/10/2017
Employment Type: Full Time
Duration: Available from a.s.a.p until 31 December 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: -
Division: Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials
Hours Per week: Full time
Salary: £39,992 - £49,149 per annum (depending on experience)
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-10744

The Sir Henry Royce Institute is the UK’s home for Advanced Materials research, innovation and commercialisation. With its hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at six partner institutions: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. The £235m Institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in Advanced Materials science, an area which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy. It is also seen as a crucial element of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative, an attempt to boost economic growth in the North of England and balance the UK economy.

The Communications & Engagement Manager will work with the CEO and both the Royce Leadership and Royce Partner teams to develop, manage and coordinate the Communications agenda for the whole of the Royce, ensuring it encompasses all of the partners in order to promote the Royce as a national centre for Advanced Materials Science. They will take a strategic lead in delivering the Royce’s branding, communications and collaborative engagement activity with the aim of informing a wide audience about the Institute. You will promote world-class research, nurture commercialisation opportunities in partnership with industry, and work with internal and external stakeholders to contribute to UK PLC and the Northern Powerhouse.

You will have practical knowledge and significant experience in media relations, strategic communications and marketing, and a demonstrable ability to deliver effective communications and marketing activity across a range of channels. Significant experience in media relations, corporate communication, public relations, journalism or marketing is required, as well as the experience of managing a strategic communications function and balancing conflicting and pressing demands. We are seeking a highly motivated, high-achieving and creative individual with an ability to work on their own initiative and without close supervision in managing several projects at the same time. A degree and/or equivalent professional qualification in public relations or journalism is required.

The School of is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Andrew Hosty (Chief Executive Officer, Sir Henry Royce Institute) via Jackie Holliday (PA)



David Weston (Head of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Science & Engineering)


General enquiries: / 0161 275 4499

Technical support: / 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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