Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement

Location
London (GB)
Posted
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
08 May 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

UK Research and Innovation
Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. We are an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, and we are supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. We are principally funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The senior leadership team has been established and UKRI are now looking for exceptional candidates for the role of Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement.  As part of the senior leadership team this role will develop, lead and embed a strategic approach to external engagement, external and internal communications and public engagement. 

The ideal candidate will bring significant experience leading communications at an organisational level, demonstrable skills in managing multiple stakeholders, a proven record in developing excellent communications strategy in complex policy areas and will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, handling issues at the top of the news agenda. S/he will be able to develop a compelling public engagement strategy bringing together a broad range of approaches and resources that currently exist across the 9 independent bodies. The successful candidate will have a track record of building, transforming and leading teams to deliver an external relations, public engagement and communications function.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to UKRI on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference KAYIK.  Alternatively email belinda.beck@saxbam.com or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

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