View Vacancy - CPK - Internal Communications Manager, B3(L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

This is an exciting opportunity to take forward a key role in a friendly and creative Communications team at the heart of the British Embassy. We are looking for an energetic Internal Communications Manager, who will manage the delivery of impactful and engaging internal communications and will be an integral team member of the Campaigns team.

The UK government has committed considerable additional resources to the China Network which has grown significantly in recent years.  With 5 posts across China and more than 700 staff, clear and well-organised internal communication is essential to ensure effective coordination across the posts. Furthermore, with a network of considerable size, it is important to ensure that staff understand the bigger picture beyond their day-to-day jobs and feel a sense of belonging and pride in the UK government’s work in China.

In this role, the job holder will be tasked with delivering a strategic approach to internal communications. The job holder will need to develop a sound understanding of the many internal communication channels available in order to communicate effectively around the China Network and with London. Building and maintaining relationships with key internal stakeholders will also be essential to achieve success in the role. They will need to work closely with senior leadership to continue to imbed our staff values of Integrity, Vision, Passion, Empowerment and Innovation. They will work closely with important staff committees within the embassy to communicate the work they are doing, ensuring staff feel engaged and represented.

The job holder will work on implementing large-scale Network-wide internal communications campaigns as well as drafting/managing day-to-day internal communication needs for teams across UK government departments. Finally, there will also be opportunity to support the campaigns team in their wider work engaging and interacting with the public to promote the UK’s ‘soft power’ messages across China.

The successful candidate will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills. They will need to be imaginative and creative in identifying opportunities to improve internal communications across the Network. Good team working and interpersonal skills are also essential as the jobholder will have to work with teams and senior leadership across the Network to ensure that internal communications support all teams to achieve their objectives.

The Campaigns Team is a busy team but we work in an environment where all team members support each other during particularly busy periods. There are often opportunities to try new projects or work on different areas. The job may involve occasional travel within China or to the UK.

Internal communications:

Developing high quality, informative and engaging internal communications within the China Network, and also communicating the work of the China Network to colleagues in London. These activities would include (but not be limited to):

  • Developing a strategic approach to internal communications: developing and implementing an internal communications strategy (with support from line management)
  • Working with other sections (Senior Leadership, Community Liaison, Corporate Services and Security etc.) to develop effective internal communication around key issues and campaigns, such as the annual Staff Survey, as well as the Network’s Staff Values Awards, and most recently our Friday Faces campaign
  • Managing day-to-day messaging, as well as coordinating and producing regular newsletters
  • Championing the use of key FCO internal communications channels to communicate successes to London and the Global Network

Events management:

Working closely with other team members on design, organisation and delivery of selected high impact events in support of the Campaigns team’s wider objectives. These activities could include:

  • Contributing creative ideas and concepts to campaign/event planning as part of the team;
  • Leading on the development and management of specific events in peak periods;
  • Negotiating and liaising with suppliers, or internal/external partners for large events.
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Proficiency on Microsoft Office programs is essential to enable design and transmission of internal communication emails and newsletters (Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel etc.)
  • Experience of events management
  • Experience of communications/marketing work including producing robust evaluation reports
  • Design skills on software such as Photoshop and Indesign are desirable
  • Understanding of international, especially UK-China, relations
Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Managing a Quality Service
21 October 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
11 November 2019

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic salary, good leave entitlement, and insurance plan, etc. The gross salary (before all deductions) is CNY 17, 870/ month for Chinese Nationals and an abated monthly salary of CNY 24, 746/month for British Nationals and spouses/ partners (all nationalities) of diplomats who are ‘W’ (diplomatic) visa holders and meet passport criteria.

We also offer excellent development opportunities and a 22-day annual leave entitlement in pro rata.

Conditioned working hours is 35 hours/ week from Monday to Friday and flexible working can be arranged upon personal needs.

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Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Beijing is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Chinese employment law.

All applications must be received before 11:55PM (China Standard Time) on 21 October 2019.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.