Communications Manager

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Reference HQ00020274
Service Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Until end of December 2020, possibly extended into the New Year
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £19.93 per hour, PAYE

About the job:

As a Communications Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus Cambridgeshire, you will manage communications and marketing for a high profile public transport project under the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Working from home/Shire Hall, Cambridge.

This is a temporary role until end of December 2020, possibly extended into the New Year.

  • Plan and lead engagement on the project with senior representatives of businesses and other key stakeholders, building support for projects and facilitating their involvement in further development.
  •  Encourage clear and regular communication with local elected members, businesses and other key stakeholders to build understanding of and ensuring appropriate engagement on projects.
  • Provide central government, Councillors, businesses, residents and other stakeholders with updates, results and feedback on the outcomes of this projects.
  •  Ensure a good flow of information amongst officers across the partnership with an interest in the projects. Must also act as communications lead at the Project Board.
  • Help local councillors, businesses, residents and commuters understand and engage with GCP projects and build support. Ensure that the purpose and benefits of GCP’s programme are known and understood, including how these complement and fit with the wider policy context of the local plans and of transport strategy.
  •  Must plan and use a wide variety of communications channels to support projects. Manage and evaluate the communications and stakeholder plans for the project.
  • Support the GCP Communications strategy by proactively identifying and developing timely, relevant and compelling news items on the project to demonstrate progress of the GCP’s programme, and keep the residents and businesses and other key stakeholders informed via appropriate communications channels.
  •  Provide proactive leadership and direction to officers for the communication of projects.
  • Support and advise the project team, GCP Executive Board, senior staff and project management officers on internal and external communications, including providing strategic communications advice.
  •  Lead and work in partnership with others in the GCP and in other partner organisations to ensure their work supports the work of the project.
  • Work effectively between the GCP partners, ensuring that they are kept informed and up-to-date on the project, that their interests and impacts on their interests
  • Lead development of the project‘s marketing and communications strategy.
  • Support the GCP Head of Communications in creating a culture of empowerment, openness and transparency.
  •  Manage training requirements of project staff and monitor development needs. Undertake regular project progress meetings to ensure projects are on schedule and monitor performance, identifying any issues that arise.
  •  Ensure work is allocated in an equitable fashion and that all staff are working at full capacity in an effective and efficient manner and service requirements are met.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level/equivalent and hold a relevant professional qualification ie CIM, together with proven experience of communicating with business audiences.

  •  Holiday entitlement of up to 36 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  •  Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications

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