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Head of Strategic Communications and Planning

British Red Cross
Hybrid between home and London Head Office
Circa £68,000 per annum pro rata (includes inner London weighting of £3,344 per annum)
Closing date
15 Dec 2022

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Brand Management
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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Head of Strategic Communications and Planning
Location: Hybrid working between home and London Head Office
Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday but we're open to flexible working
Contract: 16 months fixed term (Maternity cover)
Salary: Circa £68,000 per annum pro rata (includes inner London weighting of £3,344 per annum)

Are you a strategic thinker that can successfully lead transformation and champion change as we deliver our ambitious strategy to help people in crisis?

We’re looking for an exceptional Head of Strategic Communications and Planning to drive forward our approach to engaging audiences through best practice communications insight, strategy and planning.

What you’ll be doing

As Head of Strategic Communications and Planning, you’ll be responsible for strategic development and planning of our organisational engagement with audiences and the communications and advocacy activity that reaches them.

You’ll lead the directorate insight and planning function, working with colleagues across the organisation to ensure the communications we deliver are insight-driven, audience-focused and support our strategic priorities effectively – as well as driving ever closer integration to optimise the audience experience, both internally and externally.

You’ll drive forward a critical transformation in our ability to be audience-centric, developing a new approach to audience strategy, building organisation-wide capability around audience understanding and championing innovation in the way we approach communications planning.

The role might be for you if…

You're a leader with all the qualities and experience necessary to drive transformation and champion audience-centric ways of working.

You have experience of working in insight and consumer/supporter research, with a strong understanding of approaches to audience identification and strategy development

You’re a strategic thinker with knowledge of communication planning and a background in successfully leading high calibre teams focussed on providing strategic direction.

Please read the attached role profiles for a greater understanding of key responsibilities/ person specification.

Closing date for applications is (23:59), Sunday 11th December 2022 with interviews to follow shortly after.

Diversity is something we celebrate

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
Up to 6% contributory pension
Flexible working policy



The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.

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