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External Communications Manager

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  • Discipline:

    B2B Communications, Communications

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  • Salary:

    Circa £65,000

  • Contact:

    Joanne Watkins

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  • Consultant:

    Joanne Watkins

A FTSE100 chemicals company whose mission is to harness science to enhance lives is seeking an External Communications Manager. With over 5,000 employees globally, they are focused on the development and production of innovative ingredients for the Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical, Cosmetic and Personal Care markets and the successful candidate will join their corporate team based in East Yorkshire. Reporting to the Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs you will lead the external communications capability and help shape the function and strategy and have one direct report. You will need to have experience in corporate reporting / FTSE listed. The company is known for its high sustainability innovation and you’d be working in a fascinating and fast growing sector.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of a global communications strategy

  • Joint responsibility for the delivery of corporate reporting, integrating financial and non-financial results

  • Responsibility for the day-to-day management of a press office

  • Training senior stakeholders and acting as the Company spokesperson

  • Lead communications support for any Group-level crises

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with external agencies to maximise their value to the business Lead the creation of compelling content in a variety of formats to promote the company’s brand and Purpose through key corporate channels

  • Lead cross-functional teams to define, plan and deliver sustainability and innovation communications

  • Lead website and social media development projects with the Digital team with responsibility for day-to-day delivery of corporate content on digital channels


Key skills required:

  • Prior experience working in an external comms role within a publicly traded, global organisation

  • Ability to develop a corporate communication strategy, aligned to company values and business vision, within a multi-brand organisation

  • Experience in corporate reporting including the integration of non-financial information demonstrating sustainability leadership

  • Background in crisis communication management and risk mitigation

  • Excellent people leader with the ability to coach and develop and team and lead and influence cross functional teams within a matrix organisation

  • Strong project and change management skills Creative, collaborative and progressive thinker who can work across a complex global organisation and is able to influence and engage at all levels

Due to a high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to everyone. We will get in touch if you are successful in your application.


VMA GROUP is a leading international interim, contract, temporary and permanent recruitment and executive search specialist. We are specifically focused on providing support to the communications, marketing, digital and change communities.

Our specialist practice areas cover: communications, corporate communications, internal communications, change communications, PR, media relations, financial communications, CSR, public affairs, investor relations, marketing, brand, digital marketing and agency services.

We have a reputation for providing expert consultancy services and advice, supported by in-depth knowledge of the professions we recruit for. Our thought leadership and benchmarking studies have become go-to resources for the communications, marketing, digital and change industries, supporting planning and decision-making for organisations of all shapes and sizes.

In the UK, VMA GROUP has offices in London, Bristol and Manchester and in Europe, VMA GROUP has offices in Amsterdam and Brussels, but we work with organisations and individuals on a global basis.

VMA GROUP is committed to equal opportunities and is an Inclusive+ Recruiter.