Communications & Engagement Manager

Job reference:
BAS 112/19
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £30,782 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
17 November, 2019 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking a skilled Communications & Engagement Manager to help develop and deliver the next phase of a strategic Communication & Engagement plan for a new polar ship for Britain.


You will contribute to the co-ordination and delivery of a joint campaign to deliver stakeholder and public engagement in the commission and operation of the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Your role will be to support the delivery of the creation/editing of online editorial content and a social media campaign. You will be the first point of contact for media enquiries about the research ship. You will work directly to the BAS Head of Communications who leads the strategic Communications and Engagement campaign.

You will generally work from BAS Cambridge but you may be required to attend networking and media events as well as meetings with partner organisations. When the ship is fully operational international travel, including to Antarctica may be required.

You will play a full role in the BAS Communications Team, support teams across BAS, and undertake other tasks as requested by the BAS Head of Communications.


• A degree or equivalent professional accreditation/experience (at least 1 years) in PR/Communications/Marketing
• Experience working for a scientific research organisation


• Contributing to the development and implementation of the next phases of the joint communications and engagement campaign to promote and explain the benefits of the ship, and the science that it enables
• Developing and delivering a programme of internal and external stakeholder engagement events and activities
• Researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media
• Liaising with, and answering enquiries from staff, media, individuals and other ‘partner’ organisations
• Evaluation of communications and engagement outputs using industry-standard tools and customised reports
• Providing Press Office support
• Writing and editing articles for in-house magazines, case studies, speeches, and articles
• Preparing and supervising the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmes
• Devising and coordinating photo opportunities
• Organising events including press visits, exhibitions, open days onboard
• Maintaining and updating information about the ship on the BAS website
• Managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 112/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 17th November 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: Wednesday 4th December 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Computer / IT skills

  • Good computer / IT skills - Essential
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office applications especially Word and Excel - Essential
  • Experience of publishing in WORDPRESS and Sharepoint - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of publishing on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to take a balanced approach to decision making, and an understanding of the potential wider impacts of decisions - Essential
  • Use insight to identify target audiences and partners, support decision making and help inform the overall communication approach - Essential
  • Understanding of when to consult or take advice - Essential
  • Capability to undertake appropriate analysis to support decisions or recommendations - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Flexible approach to work tasking - Essential
  • Strong listening skills - Essential
  • Self-confidence and able to deal effectively with people at all levels within the organisation and externally - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to see the ‘Big Picture’ and keep up-to-date with a broad set of issues relating to the work of Government Department (BEIS), UKRI-NERC and BAS - Essential
  • Ability to gather information from a range of relevant sources inside and outside the organisation to inform own work - Essential
  • Gather insight on staff communication usage, needs and preferences. Use these data to inform selection of internal communication channels - Essential
  • Ability to review existing sources of insight (including previous communication activity) to understand the overall context for communication and audience influences/influencers - Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills - Essential
  • Event-management skills - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to analyse and interpret evaluation data for reporting purposes - Essential

Other Factors

  • Good team player - Essential
  • Ability to engage people by collaborating and partnering; demonstrate an interest in others and develop a range of contacts outside own team to help get the job done - Essential
  • Experience of media relations - Essential
  • Experience of event management - Desirable [2]


  • A degree or equivalent professional accreditation/experience (at least 1 years) in PR/Communications/Marketing - Essential
  • Experience working for a scientific research organisation - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Able to track expenditure during procurement process - Essential
  • Some experience of purchasing systems and budget management - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Excellent ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, in plain language, for all forms of business and external communication - Essential
  • Drive, competence, flexibility and a willingness to learn - Essential
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to multitask - Essential
  • The ability to cope with pressure - Essential
  • Creativity, imagination and initiative - Essential
  • Good teamwork, analytical and problem-solving skills - Essential
  • Business awareness and a good knowledge of current affairs - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Ability to develop and write engaging editorial narratives that incorporate key messages; are targeted for distinct audiences; and are appropriate for different media (printed/online/social) - Essential
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills - Essential
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the communication objectives and how these support the overall business/policy objectives - Essential
  • Understanding of how to optimise audience reach through a mix of media channels, including news aggregators - Essential

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
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