Communications Officer

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Simpson Booth’s client, a global energy company, seek a Communications Officer in Maldon, Essex. This is a permanent staff role, and you will be responsible for supporting external and internal communications, as well as the delivery of a wider communications strategy.

The person will be involved in developing and drafting communications material, at times interacting with members of the public and stakeholders, at others supporting the development of social media communications or delivering project-team internal comms

Operating Environment:

The Communications Executive position is part of a small communications team spread across London and Essex, delivering for an exciting and sensitive construction new build project. Its working relationships outside of the communications team will include the wider project teams as well as important relationships with wider communications functions supporting other projects within the company

Reporting initially to the Head of Communications, the role will develop as the team increases in size. In the current small team, the role will be expected to support on a wide range of activities, before eventually focusing more on internal or external activities as appropriate.

Independently responsible for the following work:

  • Delivery of external and internal communications materials for a range of different audiences including local community, general public, elected representatives, internal project team members, digital etc.
  • Maintaining stocks of leaflets and other information sources as well as other comms materials such as standard presentation packs, exhibition stands and giveaways
  • Maintaining communications tools and channels such as intranets and websites, newsletters, internal comms inbox’s, digital screens etc.
  • Working with the appointed agencies to support communications activity
  • Co-ordination of other public engagement activities as appropriate – e.g. organising leaflet drops to houses, arranging public meetings, supporting conference organisation etc.
  • Co-ordinating requests for information from the public and, with appropriate input from the project team, responding.
  • Requests are likely to include written and email complaints/enquiries, petitions, telephone complaints/enquiries.
  • Creating and developing a record of engagement with key stakeholders distributing and filing records of meetings, agendas, etc.
  • Organising meetings with stakeholders, producing and circulating agendas and other material.
  • Regular monitoring and reporting on stakeholder activity, local media and social media using polling and other research activities to inform the content
  • Production of regular Communications team reports for weekly and monthly project meetings
  • Organisation of Leadership engagement activity
  • Organisation of project team building and social activities
  • Supporting required processes and systems internally including: budget management such as accruals and budget applications; procurement activity; and general logistical support.
  • Provision of other support to the Project as appropriate.

Knowledge, skills and attributes:

To be minimally qualified for this role, a candidate must have:

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work in communications, ideally in a project environment
  • A team player with the ability to develop relationships at all levels and to influence and to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts in the UK
  • Adaptable and flexible working style: with the ability to work on their own initiative.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to develop both re-active and pro-active content and messaging often to tight deadlines
  • Adaptable in the context of an international project and readily able to assimilate organisational change
  • Very organised, efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload
  • A good understanding of the project and having the confidence to talk about it to stakeholders will be necessary.
  • Experience of working with diverse teams across multiple locations desirable

Due to the high levels of interest in our advertised vacancies and the number of applications we receive, Simpson Booth regrets that it may not be possible to respond to all submissions. If you have not heard from Simpson Booth regarding your application within 14 days please assume that, in this instance, you have been unsuccessful.