Communications Manager – R&D

Communications Manager – R&D

  • Location

    United Kingdom

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    Communications, Permanent

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  • Contact:

    Willem de Ruijter

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

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Our client is a R&D global leader in agriculture; dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of the 15,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of the ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture.

Role purpose:

This role is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and engagement program for the R&D division, to support the delivery of business priorities, foster an innovative and inclusive culture, and communicate the exciting story of scientific achievements and contribution to sustainable agriculture.

In particular, it is focused on:

  • Partnering with R&D leaders and project teams to shape, implement and measure communications and engagement programs that support key business initiatives and change programs, and strengthen the communication of innovation milestones and successes.
  • Developing and proactively communicating the innovation story in an engaging way – with a focus on contribution to sustainable agriculture and plant health.
  • Developing leadership communication. 
  • Managing R&D communication channels, ensuring compelling content and aligning across the company.
  • Developing and implementing stakeholder events.
  • Establishing strong working relationships with R&D site communicators to ensure alignment and coordination.

Experience required for the job:

  • 8-10 years communications experience or related field.
  • Significant professional experience with integrated strategic communications, social media and channel management, brand and reputation building, stakeholder engagement, events, issues management, change management.
  • Ability to develop and implement communications strategies to address business challenges and to engage diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in communications within a science-driven environment and being able to communicate complex scientific issues in an understandable way.
  • Ability to build rapport, trust and credibility with leaders, key stakeholders and other communicators.
  • Experience within a global business and working within a matrix and in cross-functional / cross-cultural teams.
  • Strong team player.

Minimum education and critical knowledge required for the job:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in communications or related discipline.
  • Excellent English – other languages a plus.
  • Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills across different media.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Partnering, engaging, and influencing skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.