Global Communications Manager (R&D)

London, City of London
£60000 - £70000 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2021

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Global Communications Manager to join our client, a leading global FMCG company with Brands such as Dove, Knorr, Persil & Magnum, based at Blackfriars in London (Currently working remotely from home but must be able to travel to site if required). This is a full-time temporary role for a period of 12 months, working a 36.25-hour week, to start ASAP. This role is paying between £60,000k - £70,000k, pro rata per annum, depending on experience.

Purpose of the Role:

  • To be a trusted advisor and business partner to the R&D Leadership Team and wider R&D team on scientific, technology and impactful innovation communications able to take complex information and turn this into key pieces of storytelling across our channels - leading our communications idea creation and execution against the R&D communications plan
  • To act as a conductor across the R&D function to build the reputation of R&D and its input into the relevant categories/capabilities/ by storytelling (externally and internally)
  • Support with change communications and embedding into the R&D functions new ways of working alongside our digital transformation agenda and programmes
  • To forge strong relationships with Category Comms, Supply Chain Comms, Media Relations, Sustainable Business and other relevant functions to collaborate on the continuous development and implementation of communications.

Main Accountabilities:

Trusted Advisor

  • You will act as trusted Business Partner to the R&D Leadership Team (RDLT); driving excellence in all communications, both internal and external, ensuring excellence in landing key messages across the global R&D Function
  • You will be supporting the activation of an annual communications plan for R&D, which delivers against the top business priorities, the R&D 2021 Strategic Framework


  • You will be the 'spider-in-the-web' for collecting any type of required information, mainly to showcase the science and technology that makes U/L's innovations so appealing. You will be end-accountable for the quality of R&D communications
  • You will be first point of contact for the global R&D community to review requests for external engagement, ensuring that any type of external engagement fits with the overall key (communication) priorities.


  • You will build and utilise an extensive network of contacts across R&D, Cat Comms and other relevant Comms teams, and leverage these relationships to be the trusted advisor to the RDLT and to deliver compelling stories about U/L's innovations, science & technology

Key Skills:

  • Able to provide strategic planning and to act as trusted Business Partner/advisor. Has influence skills and as result is good in managing senior stakeholders
  • Has good business acumen and understands how to communicate in today's ever-changing world
  • Has an ability to understand complex business, science & technology topics and then to translate these into compelling and easy-to-understand stories (tailored to various audiences)
  • Has an all-round working knowledge of the various disciplines of communications such as media relations, social media, issues management and employee engagement
  • Is a real team player. Keeps a balance between personal accountability and delivery through teamwork
  • Has a Bias for Action, shows accountability and responsibility and has a 'can do' attitude
  • Is culturally sensitive and has resilience
  • Has a desire for flawless execution in both written and creative work

Relevant Experience:


  • A minimum of 5 years experience in leadership and communications, preferably in a Business-to-Consumer environment
  • Experience of sitting on and working as a member of a senior leadership team
  • Track record in storytelling and needs to have experience with both internal and external communications
  • Clear understanding of the requirements and demands of an international role


  • Understanding of U/L's (matrix) structure and the implications involved in this
  • Has worked in a PR/Comms environment or otherwise has worked within a 'branded' environment
  • Change management experience


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