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Internal Communications & Engagement Manager (18 months FTC)

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Alexandra Kambanella

Senior Consultant - Temporary 0207 759 7929

Alexandra, Hunter Merrifield’s senior interim specialist, has been successfully placing high calibre candidates into Membership, Digital Engagement and Policy roles for more than 3 years. Her in-depth knowledge of the membership space enables her to effectively place Senior Programme Managers and Digital Engagement experts into forward-thinking community-driven organisations. She holds a BA Hons in History, following which, she interned for a leading intergovernmental organisation and developed a keen interest in how public affairs and research drive social change.

Central London,

circa £48k

18 months FTC

We have an exciting opportunity as an Internal Communications and Engagement Manager, working for a renowned organisation at the heart of public policy for London. This is a unique opportunity to effect a tangible change for a dynamic and diverse workforce. In this key corporate role, you will help develop and implement an employee engagement strategy to support the leadership team in shaping the culture of this organisation. You will also oversee all internal communications making sure staff are engaged and informed, and that their voice helps to inform decision making and organisational change.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in internal communications or staff engagement role, and a proven track record of managing varied online and offline channels, in a similarly high-profile role.

What will my responsibilities be?

  1. Develop and implement an internal communications strategy, utilising the full range of communication channels including print, electronic, video, and face-to-face.
  2. Provide overall editorial control and sign-off of all internal communications materials, taking into consideration political and media sensitivities within and outside the organisation.
  3. Advise senior managers, internal clients and stakeholders on communication and staff engagement related issues, plans and programmes
  4. Oversee the development and delivery of processes, interventions, and systems to support employee engagement, delivering employee engagement surveys, analysis and action planning.
  5. Line manage the Internal Communications Officer, supervising work and providing ongoing guidance and support
  6. Work with the Chief Officer and Directors to coordinate leadership communication and staff engagement including Mayoral announcements, briefings, corporate cascade messages, and Senior Management Team meetings.
  7. Support communicators from across the organisation, to work collaboratively and deliver corporate programmes.

This involves:

  • Chairing regular meetings and developing joint work programmes
  • Composing key messages and formal updates, coordinating input from all group members on campaigns, and reporting back on progress made.
  1. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of internal communications, feeding back guidance into the wider HR&OD team and SMT.
  2. Provide specific communication initiatives to facilitate change programmes for the Authority's approach for example accommodation strategy, digital transformation, and leadership communication.

What do I need to be successful in this role?

  1. A proven track record of managing and delivering internal communications gained through significant experience in a comparable role in a high profile organisation.
  2. Significant experience in a staff engagement role, implementing programmes and facilitating cultural change
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to use a variety of media to produce attractive and engaging communications.
  4. Judgement and confidence in communicating messages to varied audiences, media, and political awareness.
  5. Knowledge of content management systems and intranet best practice.

If you have experience facilitating company-wide culture change and are looking for an opportunity to use your skills to create positive change, get in touch today.

Huntress Search Ltd does not discriminate on the grounds of 'protected characteristics' as defined under the Equality Act and other relevant UK legislation.

Huntress Search Ltd acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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Interim Project Manager (3-4 Months)

Kings Cross, London

£180-£200 per day

The IOP is a global membership network and charity at the forefront of the Physics community. They run a range of programmes that deliver an impact across education and business and work closely with policymakers to create increased awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us.

The IOP is passionate about recognition within this sector and has an established and widely recognised Awards scheme. These awards reflect the breadth of work in the physics community - spanning academia, industry, education, and outreach. This is a busy and exciting time for the team, so they are now looking to take on a confident, data-driven Project Manager to support this programme for a period of 3 -4 months.

What would I be doing on a day to day basis?

This is a diverse role with a variety of responsibilities and the successful candidate will work with teams across the organisation. Your day to day task will be split into the following areas:


  • Ensure successful delivery of 50 Groups managing governance, committees, budgets, member participation and digital presence as well as progressing potential new groups

Business Innovation & Growth Group:

  • Build a delivery schedule for Business Innovation and Growth Group (network to support entrepreneurs and physicists/innovators in small, medium and large businesses), running workshops and events across nations and regions
  • Run sector-focussed open innovation programmes to address industry challenges


  • Deliver the IOP's prestigious Awards programme (science awards, honorary fellows, Philips award), including coordination across other departments and marketing to stakeholders
  • Increase engagement and impact of Business awards, ensuring high value to winners


  • Identify and manage partnerships to add value to programmes, adding delivery capacity and expanding market reach
  • Lead business innovation and entrepreneurial workshops to support entrepreneurial physicists and start-up businesses.
  • Manage relationships with senior level stakeholders including the Institute's members, it's Science & Innovation and Groups Committee members, as well as political, academic and industrial contacts

What do I need to be successful in this post?

  • You will be a natural self-starter, with lots of energy and a good eye for detail.
  • Ability to prioritise, and coordinate multiple projects and competing work demands.
  • Ability to see the "big picture" while managing several small projects.
  • Comfortable reporting works orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
  • Positive interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with others.
  • Ability to understand, apply and use software applications including advanced skills in Salesforce, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

I am thrilled to be supporting the IOP with this dynamic post, so if you are looking to join a progressive and vibrant organisation, apply today!

Huntress Search Ltd does not discriminate on the grounds of 'protected characteristics' as defined under the Equality Act and other relevant UK legislation.

Huntress Search Ltd acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.