Head of Communications

Job Title: Head of Communications
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cambridge
Salary: £60,000 - £65,000 plus benefits
Job Published: February 16, 2018 09:45

Job Description

Are you an expert in engaging communities and building advocacy for organisations? Do you know how to win hearts and minds and turn broadcast communications into powerful and effective two-way conversations, internally and externally? Can you build teams and focus on delivering results?


If you can say ‘yes’ to these questions, your next career opportunity could be here at the Royal Society of Chemistry. As the world’s leading chemistry community we’re looking for a world-leading Head of Communications to join our busy, ambitious team.


We’re here to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. As the professional body for chemists in the UK, a provider of high quality chemistry knowledge and as the voice of the chemical sciences, we want to inspire the next generation of chemists and support those already working in chemistry across industry and academia.


We want to create a world where chemistry is helping to make faster progress to solve global challenges. We want to be instrumental in championing a step change in diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences and valued as a proactive thought leader, influencing decision makers and the public. We want our resources to be accessible and indispensable for the teaching and learning of chemistry.


We need to tell our ambitious, exciting story in the most compelling and joined up way so it inspires everyone who works in the chemical sciences or has a passion for chemistry no matter their age, background or where they work.


You need to be motivated by working as part of a team that finds opportunities and delivers measurable results that show how communications can contribute towards achieving strategic ambition. You’ll be working closely in partnership with marketing, creative and events professionals to turn up the volume so the incredible work we do is heard by - and influences - even more people.


You’ll need to understand how to develop brand, manage reputation and take advantage of the opportunities that rapidly advancing digital communications can offer to reach audiences in the most effective way, at the most appropriate time and to generate the best possible response.


You’ll need to feel as comfortable with internal communications as you are with thought leadership and be able to quickly build a network of trusted contacts in the organisation, the wider science community and media.


Leading a team of 14 news and media, corporate communications and digital communications specialists, you’ll have an eye for detail, a commitment to delivery and a passion for results.


This is a specialist role, so if you have a background in chemistry it’s an advantage but not essential. You do, however, need a deep knowledge of current and emerging communications trends and a sound background of leadership and management.


In return for your specialist expertise and passion for promoting the positive impact of chemistry and science generally, we will ensure you have all the training, support and tools needed to be successful in this role. The Royal Society of Chemistry offers an excellent benefits package for this full-time, permanent role including continuous professional development opportunities and flexible working. You’ll be based at the Science Park in Cambridge but with the opportunity to travel and use of our offices in London at Burlington House.


Over 175 years we’ve promoted, supported and celebrated chemistry with our 55,000 members worldwide and become a successful not-for-profit organisation with over 550 staff. Come and help us shape the next 175 years, by applying today.