External Affairs Lead

Walsall, West Midlands
£41,452 to £43,968 per annum
23 Feb 2021
07 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

External Affairs Lead 

Salary: £41,452 to £43,968 per annum 

Based: Walsall, West Midlands

Contract: Permanent, Full time (37hrs per week)  

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday, 7th March 2021

Interview/Assessment: Week Commencing 22nd March 2021

Are you a strategically minded external affairs professional looking for your next challenge and the opportunity to make an immediate impact in a fantastic organisation? Look no further, we are recruiting an External Affairs Lead to hit the ground running and help us deliver on our Corporate Plan.

We are an established, successful and ambitious provider of high quality, affordable housing and support services for our customers and communities. We’re a key player in the West Midlands and one of just 23 strategic partners of Homes England.

We aim to increase our role and influence in the region over the coming months and year, strengthening existing partnerships and developing new ones. We need a strategically minded External Affairs Lead who can help make this happen. Is this you?

You’ll thrive on variety, enjoy working at pace and be proficient in stakeholder management, at all levels of seniority. You will be passionate about the power of communication and love what you do. You will make no apologies for your consistently high standards and expectations. You’ll be key in helping us embed an integrated and strategic approach to our external affairs activity.

This is a brilliant opportunity to join an ambitious Communications and External Affairs Team which has welcomed a number of new expert colleagues in the past 12 months. You’ll report to the Head of Communications and External Affairs.

If this opportunity excites you, please check out the job description for full details about the role.

What’s in it for me?

We are dedicated to the success of our people and places, and of course that includes our colleagues. We want you to succeed and be proud to be part of team whg. We believe in giving colleagues the right balance of autonomy and support to enable them to work to their full potential.

You will receive a competitive salary, 27 days annual leave (plus Christmas shut down), a great pension scheme, health cash plan and a range of shopping and leisure discounts.

Sector experience

Experience of working within social housing is desirable but not essential. If you are new to the sector, you will be expected to get up to speed quickly with the operating environment, key players, challenges, risks and opportunities.

National lockdown

The Communications and External Affairs Team is currently working from home, in line with national lockdown rules. The successful candidate must be able to operate effectively remotely, including building relationships and networking over the telephone and on video calls. We will be returning to the office when restrictions are eased, most likely to a blended model.

We are committed to keeping colleagues and candidates safe during COVID-19 and will deploy a range of selection methods that comply with current guidelines.

whg is committed to safer recruitment and to the protection and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and will conduct appropriate background checks where necessary

whg is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we welcome applicants from BAME and LGBTQ+ applicants.