Strategic Communications Manager

Bury St Edmunds
£48,154 - £54,474 per annum
02 Nov 2016
30 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

We have a new exciting opportunity at Forest Heath District Council & St Edmundsbury Borough Council for a Strategic Communications Manager to join our team. The successful candidate will join us on a full time, permanent basis working 37 hours per week and will receive a competitive salary of £48,154 - £54,474 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.  You will be expected to work across both our offices based in Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall.

Help us tell our exciting story to our staff, partners, residents, businesses, communities and the wider world.

Are you a natural communicator, experienced in getting complex messages across to a range of audiences? Are you also an influencer, able to change the course of a debate? And are you a strategic thinker, able to chart a course through changing circumstances? If so, then this role is for you.

West Suffolk Councils have a reputation for being forward-looking and innovative. Having created a fully shared workforce serving two councils in 2013, we have used system-thinking to create new, integrated ways of working within the councils and with partners. Our focus is now on becoming more self-sufficient, with increasingly commercial behaviours and taking opportunities for income generation. In the meantime, we continue to support our local families, communities and businesses, and deliver high quality services.

About the Strategic Communications Manager role

Key to our success so far has been effective communication. Looking ahead, we are entering a period of even greater change and complexity, where strategic thinking and communication will be critical. We are looking for a talented Strategic Communications Manager to support our Councillors, Chief Executive and Leadership Team as they lead West Suffolk Councils through our next phase of change and transformation.

What we’re looking for in our Strategic Communications Manager

With an appropriate relevant qualification you will be to demonstrate effective leadership and operational management, with a background in strategic communications, media and/or public relations.  An emotionally intelligent individual, who is able to grasp new concepts quickly, embrace change and who thrives under pressure is essential. 

What can we offer you in return as our Strategic Communications Manager?

In addition we can offer contributory pension scheme, performance related pay progression, child care vouchers, cycle to work scheme, employee discount package, generous annual leave and flexible working schemes and a range of wellbeing initiatives.

A secondment opportunity would be considered for this role.

If you would like to take part in this fantastic opportunity and become our new Strategic Communications Manager then please click ‘apply’ today – don’t miss out, we’d love to hear from you!

Closing date: Friday 18 November 2016

Assessment Centre: Friday 9 December 2016

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