Future Ways of Working Change and Communications Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,152 to £49,553 per annum
22 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Change Portfolio Office

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 01/09/2023)
Closing Date:  Monday 19 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1401621JT

The University of Southampton has an ambitious portfolio of change, designed to help deliver the goals and objectives outlined in our University Strategy.

The University Change Portfolio Office reports into the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for supporting the delivery of the University’s strategy, through the management of the Strategic Major Projects portfolio and its constituent programmes and projects.

The Future Ways of Working Programme is a complex programme which will deliver multiple workstreams to address the University’s fresh approach to hybrid working and the associated operating model and space implications. It will enable the University to transform the way that colleagues work and interact, building on what has been learned through the changes imposed by Covid-19. This is a huge opportunity to reinvent working practices and deliver outcomes that will demonstrably contribute to: staff wellbeing and satisfaction; equality, diversity and inclusivity; sustainability (both environmental and financial); and, our overall operating model. A programme team is being established to deliver this change. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Change and Communications Manager.  You will be responsible for managing complex multi-channel internal communications, change management and engagement plans, acting as a bridge between projects/programmes and relevant stakeholders, ensuring that the business is engaged and that programme outputs are fit for purpose when transitioned to business as usual. 

You will have experience in change management concepts and practices, design and delivery of communications and engagement strategies and managing people through business re-organisation / re-structures. You will be able to organise, plan and deliver effective communications and engagement activities and able to use effective skills, tools and approaches to tailor support to reactions and responses to organisational change. 

You will have a skill level (including experience and other qualifications) equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification or postgraduate degree within the field of Business Change Management and / or Communications. You will have proven experience of managing change outcomes in a complex environment.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Laura Howells, Head of University Change Portfolio Office via email
About the University of Southampton

We are committed to our strategic principles of collegiality, quality, sustainability and global reputation. We value equality and diversity and we are a founding signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter.  We have held an Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2006, demonstrating that we are committed to addressing equality issues in order to maximise the potential of all our people.

As part of our commitment to your well-being we offer an occupational pension scheme and generous holidays.  Staff also have access to our state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts, and culture facilities, a full programme of events, and access to a number of University employee-discount schemes.

Further information about working at University can be found on our website.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1401621JT on all correspondence.