Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Corporate Communications Officer 

Permanent role

Based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

REF: SALMAR.12.21

 

Salary range £30,167 to £39,285 p.a

 

About us

Wessex Archaeology is at the forefront of delivering sustainable solutions to managing the historic environment and engaging local communities. We want everyone to understand and appreciate the intrinsic value of heritage for its social, economic and cultural benefits.  Find out more at: https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/about 

 

Why work for us?

We’re an inclusive, passionate team with a strong belief in the value of what we do. You’ll become part of a network of experts, working on diverse and interesting projects across the globe and supported by an organisation that cares about personal development and wellbeing.  

Benefits include: 

  • Continuous development opportunities, including courses and training as appropriate
  • 22 days of annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), rising to 27 after five years 
  • A generous 5% employer pension contribution 
  • Life assurance scheme (3x basic salary) 
  • Generous maternity and paternity options 
  • Bike2Work scheme 
  • 50% of professional membership costs reimbursed 
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offering a free and confidential service 24/7, 365 days per year to the employee and immediate family, in the form of counsel and assistance for personal problems such as work-life balance, legal and health concerns and child and elder care support.  

 

About the role

We’re looking for a proactive, strategic Corporate Communications Officer to join our team. 

This role will focus primarily on developing and delivering seamless, effective internal communications across the company. The role will build a strong culture of collaboration and clarity within our organisation, through activities that engage, connect and inspire our people. 

We are going through a transitional period in our internal communications systems, and you’ll be pivotal in helping people across the organisation stay up to date with the company’s projects, process changes, executive updates, vision and goals by leading on the delivery of strategic internal and executive communications. You will champion the correct processes and channels to use, and work with people across the company to create, launch and deliver communications plans around specific issues and campaigns.   

You’ll also play a role in delivering our communications strategies externally, ensuring that our corporate messages and branding are reflected accurately and consistently. You’ll work closely with key members of the Senior Leadership Team to raise their profile in the sector and to demonstrate thought-leadership, including creating social media and online content and sourcing media and speaking opportunities.  

 

About you

The ideal candidate will be a skilled storyteller, with strong relationship-building skills and a knack for creating and directing engaging written and visual content. You’ll be excited by technology and its possibilities for communication and be a strategic thinker when it comes to using multiple channels and formats to engage diverse audience groups with a specific message. You’ll be proactive and unafraid to engage with people at all levels, from the CEO to specialists and field staff.

Ideally, you’ll already have a few years as an internal communications specialist under your belt, and you’re hungry to take on a meaty, hands-on role to develop from scratch.   

While not strictly required, some experience or understanding of archaeology or heritage is a bonus! 

Ideally, you’ll:

  • Have relevant experience in an internal or corporate communications role  
  • Be a BA graduate in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, History, English or Archaeology (or other relevant degree) - or have an extra 3 years of experience
  • Have 5+ years’ experience and a strong understanding of internal communications channels  
  • Have very strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Have worked with executives to manage external and internal profiles 
  • Have experience in managing a brand  
  • Have a flexible, collaborative, proactive approach 
  • Have excellent relationship-building skills   

 

The details

This will be a full-time, permanent role, based out of our Head Office in Salisbury (flexible working and hybrid working is encouraged, so the role can be based anywhere in the UK with occasional travel to the office). 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Developing and delivering an internal and executive communications plan 
  • Managing and developing the company’s internal communications channels 
  • Aligning internal and executive messaging with the company’s vision, mission, and positioning 
  • Researching and mapping internal customer groups 
  • Developing and maintaining relationships across teams to execute communication initiatives  
  • Maintaining an editorial calendar, researching and creating content (including announcements, change releases, blogs, videos, newsletters, presentations etc)  
  • Planning and managing the company and leadership team’s presence on social media, especially LinkedIn and Twitter 
  • Ensuring consistency of corporate branding and maintaining/updating materials 
  • Staying on top of news and developments within the sector to create response and thought leadership opportunities  
  • Media handling, including proactive publicity and issue management 
  • Monitoring and reporting on activity 

 

Applications

Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available from the vacancies page on our website http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/vacancies) with a copy of their CV and a short article as an example of their writing; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk   

Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 14 January 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. For all queries, please contact Maddy Gilbert, Marketing and Communications Manager: m.gilbert@wessexarch.co.uk  

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.