Productivity & Skills Communications Manager (2M-MM14542)

2mesjobs 2M Employment Solutions Ltd

Productivity & Skills Communications Manager
Fixed Term Contract
Hours of Work: 36.5 per week
Salary: £45,536- £51,251 per annum + excellent benefits per annum + exclusive benefits
Closes: 2021-06-10 T11:59:00
Location: 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

In these extraordinary times, the need for strong regional leadership has never been more important. At the West Midlands Combined Authority we’re building the future with a shared vision of a happier, healthier, better connected, and more prosperous region – a fast-growing global force with huge potential and ambition.

Delivering good jobs for local people and giving them the skills, they need to succeed is vital to our success and at the heart of the work of our Productivity and Skills Directorate. Great communications is key to the delivery of our work in this area and we’re looking for an exceptional communicator to work with us to lead on the development of innovative campaigns, effective stakeholder engagement with our partners, and raise the profile of the work we do.

Your role will be to maximise impact, engagement, and reach of the Productivity and Skills activity by providing a strategic approach to communication activity – including media, digital communications, and marketing campaigns – that is proactively planned around known events and aligned with broader regional context. This will involve developing a comprehensive forward planner of events, initiatives, and communications, ensuring that the most effective and appropriate communication strategies and approaches are deployed to support the work of the Productivity and Skill Directorate and lead the development and delivery of the Directorate’s overall communications strategy and specific tactical communications plans across all areas of jobs and skills activity.

The role is being offered on a six-month temporary basis.

About you

An accomplished Communications extraordinaire, you’ll have a solid background in public relations campaign planning and evaluation with experience of delivering communications across all disciplines, including media and public relations, marketing and campaigns, and digital and social media. You’ll have the confidence and gravitas to get things done and be able to work effectively with colleagues in our Communications Team. If you have an understanding of the employment and skills sector, then we’d love to hear from you.

About the team

Productivity & Skills, the employment, education, and skills arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority is committed to ensuring that every resident can reach their potential and that business growth is accelerated through access to a skilled workforce. We focus on improving skill levels, tackling poor connectivity, and increasing employment opportunities. We help more people access high-quality training and employment opportunities, increase skills levels in priority growth sectors and create a responsive regional skills system that provides people with the skills to sustain good jobs and careers.

About us

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region, and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better-connected place to live and work.

As an employer we fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us. We are committed to providing a positive, healthy, and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List, and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As the WMCA is undergoing a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.

We’re ambitious, forward-thinking, and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done and encourage creativity, originality, and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

Additional information

Throughout lockdown, most of us have been working remotely and as we begin to look forward to leading a more normal life, we’re planning a new approach to the way we use our office space. We want to develop a flexible approach to the workplace which retains some of the benefits of working from home. This hybrid approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time, blending the best of home and office working.

We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian, and ethnic minority groups, and women at senior levels.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

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