Marketing and Communications Officer

Manchester, United Kingdom
£23,334 - £26,243 per annum depending on experience
05 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 18/02/2019
Salary : £23,334 - £26,243 per annum depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Professional Services
Division : ITS Research IT
Hours Per week : 35 Hours per week
Contract Duration : 5 years from commencement of contract

About IT Services

IT Services at the University of Manchester is a vibrant and fast moving department, we focus on delivering excellent customer service and quality services for our staff, students and researchers.

Find out more about our organisation and values:

About This Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a marketing and communications officer to join the N8 Centre of Excellence for Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR; on a five year fixed term contract. This new Centre follows on from N8 HPC, part of the N8 Research Partnership, and will further expand on research collaboration and networking between the 8 institutions. N8 CIR will focus on three areas:

  • Bringing together researchers from across N8 in specific research areas to collaborate on identifying common opportunities in carrying out computationally intensive research
  • The potential for N8 universities to work together to tackle issues surrounding the provision of computationally intensive resources such as cloud
  • The production of software, tools and resources to further computationally intensive research across N8

You will work with the Centre Programme Manager to communicate N8 CIR activities across the 8 institutions in order to ensure that stakeholders are aware of the Centre, its purpose, its activities and its outcomes. You will help to formulate and deliver a comprehensive communications and engagement plan that will support the Centre. The role holder will work collaboratively with the N8 research community, the N8 CIR Project Director Group and other governance groups to ensure the success of the Centre.

The role is hands on and requires an ability to multitask and prioritise work as well as working in a diverse organisation. The range of duties will include those listed below:

  • Maintaining relationships and keeping stakeholder communication channels (including social media) up to date
  • Writing newsletters, articles, case studies and website content for N8 CIR stakeholders
  • Creation of N8 CIR advertising materials including leaflets, event posters, publicity information posters and fliers
  • Organising N8 CIR workshops and events
  • Editing the N8 CIR website
  • Ensuring consistent levels of engagement
  • Reviewing communications plan and strategy

Person Specifications — Essential:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Evidence of producing similar outputs and materials.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills - both written and oral
  • Good competency in the use of Microsoft Office for producing documents, presentations and promotional material
  • Experience of updating and adding content to websites
  • Experience of using a range of social media channels

Be able to:

  • Take the initiative, be proactive, take appropriate action and anticipate problems and opportunities;
  • Work as an effective part of a team;
  • Establish productive relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of skills, including other IT Services staff, academics, researchers and PGRs;

Person Specifications — Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience of working within an academic research environment.

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a busy office environment
  • Awareness of data protection / GDPR

When addressing the person specification criteria in your application for the role, please ensure you make reference to the specific role requirements above.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Manager: Gillian Sinclair


Tel: 0161 2750673

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

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