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Head of Communications

Research England - UKRI

Location: Bristol
Salary: £48,202 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 4th September 2018
Closes: 21st September 2018
Job Ref: IRC246004

About Us

Research England is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

As a key component of the research funding system, Research England oversees UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

About the role

As The Head of Communications, you will develop and implement Research England’s approach to high-quality and trusted communications with the public, HE sector and government. This is a varied role encompassing communications strategy, planning, media relations, crisis communications and external and internal messaging.

About you

You will be a graduate or hold equivalent qualifications and can show continued professional development.  It is desirable that you hold a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) or a similar accreditation or membership.

You will have a successful track record as a communications professional, with a proven ability to operate strategically and to shape and embed successful organisational approaches to communications.

You will have considerable experience of dealing with the media including handling queries, writing news releases, organising briefings and gaining positive media coverage.

You will have knowledge and experience of how to ‘modernise’ communications functions and activities, driving innovation in ways of working leading to organisational effectiveness.

You will have the ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging and convincing way, producing communications that are straightforward and clearly articulated for external and internal audiences.

You will have the ability to adapt, reach out and build trust and collaborative working and proven strength in stakeholder management, building effective relationships with people of all levels both internally and externally.

You will have strong organisational skills and the ability to deploy resources effectively.

What we offer

Research England recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is the 21st September 2018.

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