8 months ago
Community Relations and Media Manager , Permanent, Essex
An excellent opportunity for a Community Relations and Media Manager to lead on local media relations and community engagement for the Bradwell B project in Essex, this position will be replacing a contract position.
The Community Relations and Media Manager reports to the Head of Bradwell B Communications and is part of the Bradwell B communications team based across London and Essex.
This role is a highly visible front of house position and the post holder will be the face of the project for many stakeholders.
- Supporting the Head of Bradwell B Communications, this role will be primarily responsible for building effective relationships with local and regional stakeholders, including the local media, building support for the project as well as managing any related external issues.
- The incumbent will also have a key role in delivering the proactive consultation activities related to the Bradwell B development consent order (DCO) process, and other consenting regimes.
- The Community Relations and Media Manager role is responsible for representing the views of the local community and local stakeholders to the business. The role is part of a wider communications team and will be a key part of this team supporting the entire business - as well as a key participant in setting overall strategy and sharing expertise with other members of the team.
- The role has line management responsibility for the local Bradwell B office and the community relations team as it expands in coming years.
Independently responsible for some of the following work:
- Develops and delivers a tactical local communications plan for Bradwell B covering both Media Relations and Community Relations
- Develops and delivers specific local DCO consultation activities, as part of the overarching DCO Communications strategy, supporting all Bradwell B planning application activities
- Supports the development and management of local stakeholder relationships in coordination with the Head of Bradwell B Communications.
- Develops long-term relationships with local and regional journalists
- Research and audit the activities of local community groups and representatives
- Responsible for delivering a robust local crisis communications plan, ensuring that it is in place and that training and exercises are delivered regularly
- Responds to communications enquiries / issues relevant to the Bradwell B project
- Delivery of socio-economic tactical engagement until the team is further expanded, with ongoing support beyond this time - including in the short-term the running of any visitor centre facilities
- Supports co-ordinated communications with key east of England stakeholders
- Provides key input to Bradwell B messaging and activities including supply chain, and education and skills
- Monitoring and reporting on media and community relations channels, as well as close working with the digital/social media channels
Knowledge, skills and attributes:
To be minimally qualified for this role, a candidate must have:
- Excellent stakeholder engagement and political sensitivity skills
- Excellent writing and presentational skills
- Best in class people management and relationship building skills
- High ethical standards and experience of working with confidential and politically sensitive information
- Experience of delivering / project managing successful communications activities and events
- Experience and expertise in establishing and leading public consultations, particularly in relation to Planning Act 2008 statutory requirements but also under other regimes, and the associated events, activities and management of feedback
- Demonstrates ability to understand a complex industry and the role communications can play in supporting business strategy
- Proven ability to work under pressure to manage fast moving issues and deliver to tight deadlines
- Must be an engaging and persuasive communicator
- Significant experience of media handling and/or public affairs
- Energy or construction industry experience preferable, but not mandatory
- Experience of people management or managing a team
- Understanding of how UK and local Government works and its relationship with other organisations.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent experience and any professional bodies, if appropriate