Senior Manager, Culture & Engagement Communications, Open to flexible working

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Stevenage, Brentford
16 Oct 2019
14 Nov 2019
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Are you an employee engagement superstar looking for your next challenge? Are you an organisational influencer who can drive understanding of and excitement for change? Do you have a proven track record of executing communication strategies with a grounding in the pharma R&D space? Are you a self-starter with a strong grasp of new media? If the answers to these questions are yes, then we want to hear from YOU!

As a Senior Communications Manager supporting R&D Culture and Engagement, you will serve as a key member of the R&D communications team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our cutting-edge R&D function in a highly visible role, where your work will have an impact on the future of the division and company. Join us as we reshape our culture and re-imagine what Innovation looks like across GSK.

The Senior Manager will serve as a key member of the R&D Culture & Engagement team and will report to the Head of Culture & Engagement for R&D. In addition, this new role will:

  • Be aligned to Early Science, Technology and Pipeline communications colleagues to create and deliver unified, cohesive messaging
  • Partner with HR and Org Development colleagues in support of R&D culture shift programming and activities
  • Provide strategic, internal communications change management communications support to R&D functions, as needed

Your responsibilities:

  • You will execute internal communications strategies in support of early science and technology for the Pharma R&D group
  • Manage key internal innovation-related campaigns
  • Help input on social media campaigns
  • Manage the approval processes of content for media relations (press releases, Q&A, reactive statements) and social media posting (GSK social priorities, video)
  • Manage an editorial content calendar to ensure smooth timelines for development, approval and posting in concert with US brand and digital communications colleagues
  • With the Comms Director, you will ensure effective programming and pull-through of key communications campaigns for internal audiences
  • Partner and liaise with global and US pharma communications team members on developing content (eg videos, photo essays, partner testimonials)
  • Cultivate and build strong, positive relationships with R&D teams, Business Units, key stakeholders and with communications partners
  • Consult with leaders and participate in cross-functional teams to develop and execute departmental change communication strategies
  • Create and develop content for Workplace, including written material, infographics, video pieces, etc.
  • Partner with site-based engagement leads to bring internal communications activations to life at key R&D sites
  • Adhere to budgets and deadlines
  • Track success of communications tactics via a variety of metrics
  • Role model GSK values and expectations
  • You will help manage external agency partners, including PR agencies
  • Role model GSK values and expectations

Basic qualifications:

  • Extensive communications related experience
  • Excellent communications track-record, including experience in designing, developing and creating new media (e.g. video, digital, storytelling/infographics)
  • Pharmaceutical knowledge, preferably in R&D
  • Brand, culture, engagement and change management work
  • Launch and/or employee communications planning and execution experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with multiple and diverse stakeholders
  • Strategic and creative thinker who knows how to construct compelling stories that will resonate with a variety of internal audiences (i.e., scientists, sales, marketing, manufacturing, etc.)
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proven experience developing content across a range of platforms and media (digital-friendly, visual/storytelling style, such as videos and infographics); versatility in creating both branded and unbranded content and willingness to innovate
  • Strong logistics and organisation skills, i.e., background in designing, planning and executing large meetings for internal audiences, with attention to detail and the full audience-experience
  • Experience with back-end SharePoint systems

Preferred qualifications:

  • Hands on technical capabilities and design capability
  • Experience within Executive Communications

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

We're open to all talent - whatever your gender, disability, marital status, religion or belief, age, race, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin.

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email

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