Strategic Communications Manager, part time - 22.2 hours per week

£42,665 pro rata (inclusive of London weighting allowance)
29 Oct 2018
18 Nov 2018

Strategic Communications Manager 



£42,665 pro rata (inclusive of London weighting allowance)

Part Time - 0.6FTE (22.2 hrs per week)

Fixed term (approximately 12 months, maternity leave cover)

About Us

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.  

MRC is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK.

About the role

The Strategic Communications Manager is responsible for the design, development and delivery of a programme of proactive communications activities designed to increase profile and support for MRC priorities (referred to as 'spotlights'). 

Main duties/key responsibilities: 

  • developing and delivering communication strategies on a portfolio of spotlights such as:  
    • antimicrobial resistance (‘superbugs') 
    • advanced therapies (regenerative medicine, cell and gene therapies) 
    • Health data research
  • sourcing stories and spokespeople to increase positive profile in new and traditional media 
  • developing a good understanding of the research focus and drivers within own spotlight portfolio to inform and shape communications planning and delivery 
  • maximising the effectiveness and impact of communication channels through accurate, timely, high quality content 
  • building close links with researchers, funders and other stakeholders to facilitate effective communications 
  • providing strategic communications advice and guidance on best practice to senior staff 
  • evaluating success and implementing improvements based on lessons learned 
  • monitoring and reporting on communication activities
  • identifying issues and risks associated with own spotlight topics and working with the press office to manage these 
  • recruiting and arranging media training for spokespeople within own spotlight topics
  • contributing to the development of annual budgets and managing spend in own spotlight areas.

Some UK travel, which may require overnight stays, depending on location.

About you

It is essential you are educated to a degree level or equivalent. A communications qualification would be an advantage.

You will have experience in a senior communications role and ideally have a health/science communication background.

Experience of managing and delivering multi-channel communication plans effectively and successfully is essential. 

You must have experience of working with stakeholders at all levels and be able to plan effectively and evaluate communication outputs and impacts.

You will have knowledge of news and feature media environment as well as content delivery across a number of different channels in traditional and new media.

What we offer

We offer a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

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 click the apply now button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 18th November 2018.

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