Communications Manager (Part Time, but flexible + home working)

London (Central), London (Greater)
£25/hr depending on experience
04 Jan 2019
31 Jan 2019

Hours: 15 hours per week - contract

Salary: £25/hr depending on experience

Location: London/Greater London

Flexibility: Flexible working hours, home working

Although this role is predominantly home-based, we are looking to recruit somebody in the London/Greater London area due to meetings being held in the city and potential plans to set up an office in London.

Start date: as soon as possible

About Us

The Biometrics Institute is a not-for-profit membership organisation, which is operating in one of the most exciting and fastest growing segments of the technology market. It has offices in London and Sydney.

Biometrics is the identification of individuals based on a unique physiological characteristic, it includes the use of fingerprint scans, face scans and iris scans.

The Biometrics Institute's mission is to "to promote the responsible use of biometrics as an independent and impartial international forum for biometric users and other interested parties".

It aims to connect, inform and increasingly lead the debate on the responsible use of biometrics.

The role

After a successful period of growth, we are now expanding the team and have a rare and exciting opportunity for a Communications Manager to join us. The successful candidate will work with a small, friendly team who take ownership and pride in their work. This is a new role requiring a start as soon as possible.

We’re looking for a proactive, enthusiastic and highly organised individual, with experience in marketing or communications. You’ll be digitally savvy, proactive at spotting opportunities and managing your own workload, and collaborative in approach.

The London team is currently entirely home-based, so it is essential the successful candidate can manage their time and workload effectively in a remote environment, with the additional complication of an Australian team to support in a different time zone. However, the position offers great variety and flexibility.

If you’ve got a way with words, have ideas for promoting our work to global members and new audiences, and like a challenge, we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

This role reports to the Chief Operating Office who is based in London. The main role objectives and tasks include:

Communications strategy

  • Develop a Communications strategy and plan that reflects and supports the Biometrics Institute’s corporate strategy to connect, inform and, increasingly, position the Institute as a thought leader on the use of responsible biometrics globally
  • Build an understanding of key audiences and tailor key messaging by audience segments to maximise impact and relevance of communications
  • Identify what communications should be produced, how often and via which channel, and implement this for the Institute
  • Own communications budgets and make the best use of limited resources.

Thought leadership

  • Take ownership and responsibility for identifying and maximising communications content from the Institute’s activities, including events, member meetings, committees and best practice guides/resources
  • Proactively promote and share the Institute’s work, both internally across the global membership and externally, through effective public relations and media liaison (being mindful of Chatham House rules to facilitate discussion at key events).

Member communications

  • Draft and execute communications materials, as identified in the Communications Strategy
  • Manage the full end-to-end process for Institute publications, as and when these are required, including e-brochure and Annual Report
  • Update the website with a view to making it the "go-to" site for all things biometrics-related
  • Manage, monitor and develop the Institute’s social media presence (LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs), being mindful of its limitations in this context.


  • Write, edit and proof-read copy for house style and consistency on behalf of the team
  • Manage the Institute’s brand, logo and visual identity.

Review and monitor

  • Introduce evaluation of communications activities to drive ongoing learning and improvement
  • Keep abreast of competitor activity and communications, and updates across the biometrics industry
  • Keep abreast of emerging technology to facilitate and improve communications across global regions, particularly apps and networking tools, and contribute to their implementation as required.


  • Explore and mitigate communications risks, including reputational and data protection/security risks.

Required skills and experience

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in a communications role. Experience in a membership or not-for-profit environment is useful, but not essential
  • Digitally savvy, with a ‘digital-first’ approach to communications in a global, multi-stakeholder community
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional eye for detail
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise in a fast-moving environment
  • Reliability, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Proactive and able to identify opportunities for adding value through communications
  • Ability to logically coordinate & prioritise multiple tasks
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Bright and friendly person with initiative, able to own and drive projects/activities
  • Confidence and efficiency with computers
  • Ability to motivate yourself and manage your time productively in a remote working environment.

Knowledge of or interest and ability to learn:

  • Database programme (FileMaker Pro used)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web CMS (currently WordPress)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop)
  • MailChimp.

Application process

To apply, please send your CV and a short covering letter via the application method below. Please address how your experience and skills meet the requirements of the role.

For any questions relating to this role, please contact Laura Compton, COO,, T: 07926 343955.

We look forward to hearing from you.