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Deputy Director - Communications

Juniper Green

Eden Scott is delighted to be working in partnership with Heriot-Watt University named International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Heriot-Watt University has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of education around the world with five global campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia and scaled-up on-line learning around the world.

The University is truly distinctive in its global structure, offering students access to education and research across the group and unparalleled opportunities for mobility during their study and research. With some 28,000 students in total, the University works at the frontiers of global educational delivery. In research, Heriot-Watt University is world renowned for research in areas as varied as photonics, additive manufacturing, quantum technology, signal processing, robotics, AI, petroleum engineering, actuarial and financial mathematics, translating and interpreting, logistics and business education. Their results firmly place them alongside the UK's best in their core disciplines with Heriot-Watt University ranked 1st in Scotland (9th in the UK) for research impact.

An exciting opportunity has now arisen for a dynamic and senior professional communicator able to tell the story of this great university to audiences that stretch across the globe and apply for a newly created role, that of Deputy Director - Communications.

This role will lead on all communications for the University and will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders. Reporting into the Executive Director of Global Marketing and deputising as and when required.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Develop and lead a professional approach to corporate communications across the Heriot-Watt Group ensuring alignment with marketing, recruitment and admissions activities

Drive innovation, best practice and enabling frameworks, especially in the use of digital communications and channels - ensuring clarity of approach and demonstrable impact of activity

Safeguard and significantly enhance the University's global profile and reputation through delivery of integrated brand-led communications that help to deliver the University's strategy

Lead and manage a highly effective Communications team to deliver communications that shape and tell the story of the University to audiences that stretch across the globe

Deliver highly impactful and strategic communications plans, award-winning creative campaigns and compelling stories of their success

Drive internal communication that ensure their global community of students, scholars and professionals are committed to the goals set out in their new strategy, engaged with the University's values and understand how they contribute to their own and collective success

Lead out on a key new development areas

Work successfully with senior stakeholders, to provide expert analysis and advice to the senior leadership team to drive engagement with the University's strategy both internally and externally

Work with strategic partners and external bodies to deliver joint communications that will add value to their relationship and their reputation

Drive reputation and awareness so an effective media relations strategy and associated plans

Provide strategic support and guiding frameworks for all campus based Communications teams

Key skills required:

Significant experience of effective senior leadership and management, leading and delivering a wide range of corporate communications activities

Experience of successfully developing and leading organisation-wide communications strategy and implementation

Extensive experience of financial planning

Extensive experience of media liaison, network development, crisis communications experience

A strong track record of delivery in a communications environment in a large, complex organisation

Experience of change management and delivering significant projects

Experience of working within different cultures in a global context

Experience of working with internal and external stakeholders and partners to deliver strategic communications

Strategic experience in supporting a large, complex, global organisation

Experience of managing highly specialised operational teams at or near Director level

Demonstrable experience of managing human resource, workloads and changing priorities for self and others

Demonstrable ability to develop and deliver plans and communication campaigns using digital and other channels

Good understanding of key legislation e.g. FOI, GDPR, Copyright etc.

A very good understanding of social media

Applying candidates are also to be qualified to degree level, combined ideally with relevant professional membership and have working experience in Higher Education or similar.

This vacancy is based at their beautiful campus just outside Edinburgh and offers an excellent competitive salary dependent on experience with significant company benefits which include a package of over 40 days annual leave, employer pension of 19.5% and many more benefits. Re-location package also available and flexible working considered to secure the right candidate.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity with a truly best in class employer where you can make an impact in their communications, please submit your CV on line clearly stating salary expectation or to and for an informal chat or to receive the full role information pack and job description please call Sally on 0131 550 1138. Closing date for applications 5.00pm Tuesday 30th July 2019 and interview date Tuesday 13th August 2019.

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