Communications Project Lead

Location
England,London
Salary
£150.00 - £187.00 per day
Posted
31 Jul 2019
Closes
28 Aug 2019
Ref
3647379
Contact
Verity Slade
Job Discipline
Communications
Experience Level
Manager
Sectors
Public Sector
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time
Communications Program Lead to start ASAP -Until October 2019 -£187 PAYE per day including holiday pay -Central London

Job purpose This role will lead the coordination and delivery of communications, stakeholder engagement and marketing activity on the SHARING CITIES (Lighthouse) programme, funded by Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation.

The post holder will responsible for the development and co-ordination of the programme's communications strategies working with the programme's Lighthouse and Fellow cities to ensure the strategy meets their needs. A key part of this work will involve stakeholder engagement and marketing in line with the programme's strategic aims to scale up successful technology, and to contribute to the activities of the wider Smart London Team. Principal accountabilitys

* Development of a high quality, evidence-based communications plans / strategies to meet the needs of Sharing Cities, and reporting tools to show the impact and benefits of communications activity.
* Manage the coordination and delivery of the Sharing Cities programme's stakeholder engagement, communications and marketing activities and shape related strategies.
* Identify key stakeholders through market research and develop strategies to build relationships with, for example, cities and investors in line with the programme's strategic aims.
* Work with the programme's key partners / cities and the GLA's marketing and digital teams to ensure the programme's communication channels (including social and digital including the Sharing Cities' website) are integrated into the GLA wide marketing and communications activity.
* Provide management and leadership skills which contribute to a high performing communications work programme, and the ability to negotiate priorities and resources for their areas of responsibility.
* Act as the main point of contact for external partners for management for marketing and communications services.
* Establish and maintain good working relationships within and outside the Authority and with the Functional Bodies in order to ensure that opportunities for joint communication and marketing are realised
* Build strong relationships with senior managers and partners and hold the required professional expertise in order to deliver a comprehensive communications service.
* Actively seek to develop new city partnerships and business opportunities for Sharing Cities (Replication)
* Monitor social media and prepare tweets/posts, ensuring that the Programme Director, Programme Managers and Programme Boards (as relevant) are aware of all communications and marketing activities as related to programme deliverables and issues.
* To ensure that partner and stakeholder directories are fully up to date, and that the Sharing Cities meetings and events planner is regularly reviewed and informs marketing and communications activities.
* Realise the benefits of London's diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London's communities.
* Maintain timesheets as necessary to record time spent on European-funded programmes (e.g. European Structural and Investment Fund, Horizon 2020) and non-EU-funded activities in order to comply with the funders' requirements.

Technical requirements/experience/qualifications

* Experience of stakeholder engagement, communications and marketing activities including using communication channels including digital and social media
* Excellent written communications skills and ability to support and influence others by building relationships through clear and persuasive written, verbal and physical presentation and personal credibility.
* Experience of managing complex stakeholder arrangements to achieve positive outcomes for the organisation and a successful track record of working effectively with colleagues at all levels of an organisation, and across organisational boundaries, including experience of working with public, business, academia and civic society actors and organisations, with an effective understanding of the differences in their perspectives, values and approach.
* A broad understanding of London and EU agendas for smart cities and technologies, development, infrastructure, planning, transport, housing, environment and sustainability.
* Able to collate information and undertake research, paying close attention to detail, while managing one's own workload independently.
* IT literate with good visual design skills (desirable) and experience of social media campaigns.
* Willingness and ability to travel internationally as per programme requirements. Processes and distils a variety of information to understand a problem fully
* Proposes options for solutions to presented problems
* Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving
* Thinks laterally about own work, considering different ways to approach problems
* Seeks the opinions and experiences of others to understand different approaches to problem solving

If this role is of interest, please do apply ASAP with an up to date word version of your CV highlighting all your relevant experience.

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