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External Communications Manager

The Institution of Engineering & Technology
Closing date
1 Jun 2022

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Marketing & PR
Contract Type
Full Time
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External Communications Manager

Circa £43,000 - £45,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Stevenage, Hertfordshire (with Hybrid Working)

What if you could support us to communicate our vision - Working to Engineer a Better World - to external influencers?

What if you could make a significant contribution to raising visibility of the IET and enhancing our reputation through external stakeholder management?

What if you were our External Communications Manager?

At the IET, making our world a better place starts by creating a better place for our people. At the IET you'll have more than just a job. Our work is exciting and challenging, connecting the people who solve the problems that matter. It means working with us has real meaning and impact, and you'll grow - professionally and personally - in ways you never thought possible. We're also making significant investments in our people, including providing a modern, vibrant workplace and embracing hybrid working.

What you'll be doing

As the largest professional membership body for engineers and technologists in the UK, we want to be seen as the authoritative voice for the industry within the news media and the place for journalists to come for credible information and media-savvy experts.

As the External Communications Manager, you'll be responsible for managing all external communications, including PR campaigns, media relations, industry engagement and corporate social media.

This role benefits from Hybrid working, which for us means home working and attending the Stevenage office typically two times a week.

What we hope you can bring to the role

The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with excellent communication and creative skills, a bursting contacts book and previous extensive, demonstrable experience in an external communications/media relations role. You'll have the ability to work independently and confidently with a range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

You'll be results driven and highly motivated to work in a fast paced and creative role.

We'd love to get to know you

Is Imposter syndrome creeping in? Don't worry - we'd rather hear from you this time than not hear from you at all! Read on for a little more information about the role; but also, keep in mind that we're open to discussing flexible ways of working, including reduced hours and working in an agile way, supported by a hybrid working framework that allows you to find the best place to do your best work.

A little more about the role
  • Develop and manage the IET's UK media relations, finding proactive ways of achieving positive media coverage of key messages
  • Support the strategic development of the IET's external communications function
  • Develop and implement strategic PR plans for key campaigns, including the management of the IET's external communications agencies
  • Work closely with principal IET media spokespeople to represent the IET to the media
  • Create and manage official IET positions and briefings
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with key journalists and influencers across national, broadcast, trade and regional media - and handle all media enquiries quickly and professionally
  • Manage digital and social media campaigns, including the work of the Corporate Communications Social Media executive, to promote the IET's PR activities, public affairs work and events
  • Write speeches and presentations for the IET Chief Executive, President and other senior colleagues
  • Manage the IET's media and social media monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Mentor and help support the career development of the Senior Communications Executives
  • Act as a communications advisor to IET staff and volunteers in the UK and overseas
  • Manage journalist enquiries and attend media interviews out of office hours

A little more about what we're looking for
  • A relevant degree or equivalent experience in the fields of journalism or communications
  • Extensive experience in an external communications role, with a demonstrable track record of raising an organisation's profile
  • A strong track record and experience of media relations, public relations or journalism obtained in a national or high-profile organisation including experience of devising, formulating and implementing public relations campaigns
  • Demonstrable digital communication and social media experience
  • Experience of working with journalists at national, consumer, trade and regional level to secure significant media coverage
  • Experience of writing features, articles and other content for the full range of external communications vehicles
  • Ability to present information clearly, accurately and to a range of audiences
  • People skills and ability to work with senior stakeholders
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage workload
  • Flexible and positive approach to problem solving
  • IT literate
  • Excellent written English and verbal communication skills
  • A team player
  • Flexible, creative and independent approach to work, with strong ability to use own initiative and delivering excellent results
  • Excellent news awareness

  • Experience of media in the following sectors - IT, engineering and technology
  • Team and budget management
  • Experience of public affairs

What if you could be you? The IET is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To find out more, head over to our 'Work for the IET' site.
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