Communications & Corporate Affairs Manager
It’s a busy and exciting time here at Sandwell Council. With a new Council Leader and a recently revitalised senior leadership team, we are now seeking a talented and ambitious Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager to help us raise Sandwell Council’s profile and ensure our residents are at the centre of our new communications strategy.
Sandwell is one of the largest boroughs in the West Midlands with over a third of a million residents. Like any large metropolitan borough, Sandwell faces many challenges, but also has an impressive number of opportunities to build on over the next five years. These include the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital, the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre (hosting the swimming and diving events for the 2022 Commonwealth Games), the extension to the Midland Metro line, HS2, and a £67.5m Town Fund allocation.
Our “Big Plans for a Great Place” corporate plan is simple but ambitious in its intent, clearly focused on a borough where people are proud of their local area, have better paid jobs, increased levels of skills and more opportunities.
Our future work will be delivered across News, Internal Communications, Marketing, Digital & Creative and Corporate Affairs and you will help us communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
Our new Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager will have overall responsibility for a re-organised team and the delivery of the new communications strategy. You will need to be highly skilled and experienced, able to work at pace with focus and real passion to bring our ambitions to life.
Sandwell Council has faced unprecedented challenges over recent times but we have responded with passion, commitment and continued to serve and support our local communities. We have responded quickly to increased service demand and taken the opportunity to do things differently, improving what we do and how we do it. We need someone who is confident working strategically, but who is operationally strong and who can provide support to an experienced existing team now working in a different way. This is a demanding role where clear thinking and resilience need to go hand in hand with experience, creative thinking and ambition.
Working within a political environment with many different stakeholders across the council and partner agencies, you will need to be an accomplished communicator, able to engage, influence and maintain effective working relationships.
Our offer to you
Sandwell Council are proud to offer employees access to an award- winning employee benefits scheme and a variety of learning and development opportunities.
We really value the hard work and commitment of our employees, which is why we offer lots of benefits to suit different work and personal circumstances. Find out more about our offer and employee benefits here
You will benefit from an agile working arrangement which enables you to tailor working demands to the needs of the business and service requirements.
Our Values; Trust, Unity and Progress make us unique, they define how we do things and are reflected in the way we behave. They are important to us, guiding and shaping our organisational culture. Our values are key to us achieving Sandwell’s Vision 2030 and also guide us when we recruit.
To apply for this role please upload your most recent CV that sets out your relevant experience against the job description. Please also submit a supporting statement, telling us how you meet the essential requirements listed on the person specification.
Hours - 37 hours per week (Agile Working)
We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to their advertised date if we receive a large number of applications. Therefore, you are strongly advised to complete and return your application as soon as possible. When completing your application please refer to the supporting documents attached.
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