Corporate Affairs Manager - Maidenhead

Contract type
Working Pattern
Full time
Dates that interviews will take place
W/C 18th November 2019
£48,060 - £55,269 + Car/Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits
Summary of vacancy

Are you an experienced Corporate Affairs Manager?

You can help create a greener UK.

A greener, more environmentally-friendly UK is possible – and we’re making it happen.

As a Corporate Affairs Manager at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, you’ll be contributing to an ever growing established company that’s helping customers reduce their impact on the environment, conserve natural resources and reduce landfill.

About the role

What will I be doing?

  • Operating across the public and private sectors, and serving millions of customers every day, SUEZ UK has a wide and diverse range of stakeholders -  from politicians, regulators and the media to business directors, academics and householders.
  • You will be responsible for formally managing many of these relationships, by devising and implementing the communications and public affairs strategy for our large Southern region, which spans from the Midlands to Cornwall in the South West and Kent in the South East – encompassing London too.
  • Across the business, SUEZ UK is undergoing a dramatic transformation to help the United Kingdom become more resource-efficient, by replacing traditional waste disposal methods, such as landfill, with a host of new technologies and services designed to extract the maximum value from the things we throw away, thereby also conserving natural resources.
  • As a senior member of the communications team, telling this story and influencing others to play their part in this “Resource Revolution” is key to your role.
  • Operating with a high degree of autonomy, you will develop and drive delivery of a comprehensive corporate affairs strategy for the region – aligning the communications needs of internal and external stakeholders, at all levels, and integrating public policy, public relations and internal communications activities.
  • A key function of the role is to protect the reputation of SUEZ UK across the region, among both stakeholders and the general public. This involves not only managing communications issues, but also anticipating and reporting on reputational risks before they occur, by being the eyes and ears of the organisation via a wide-ranging internal and external network of contacts.
  • Further to this, you will monitor, measures and evaluates the success of communications activity in their region using appropriate, objective, tools - reporting the outcomes back to SUEZ UK's directors.
  • You will develop, and maintain, relationships with key journalists, influencers, politicians and sector peers across the region, and where required, will also provide expert communications advice to high-profile clients – helping them to develop and implement communications strategies around our service offering.
  • Furthermore, you will also support internal communications campaigns to engage and involve the thousands of people working for SUEZ UK across the southern region.
  • The person in this role must stay abreast of relevant public policy issues within the region and keep the wider business informed of developments as appropriate. Similarly, you will be expected to maintain continual professional development in relevant communications disciplines, and apply professional best practice to their work.
  • In addition to being a credible spokesperson for SUEZ UK, and the principle point of contact for media enquires in their region, you will identify, trains and coach suitable spokespeople within the company for media interviews and public speaking engagements.
  • The role reports to the Senior Corporate Affairs Manager and is responsible for a team of six people – with direct line management of a full-time Corporate Affairs Executive, who supports the Corporate Affairs Manager in their work across the region and three Community Liaison Managers/Communications Managers associated with SUEZ UK’s long-term contracts with Cornwall Council, Suffolk County Council and Surrey County Council.
  • In addition to being a spokesperson for SUEZ UK, and the principle point of contact for media enquires in their region, you will identify, train and coach suitable spokespeople within the company for media interviews and public speaking engagements.
  • The position would be located at our UK Head Office in Maidenhead with regular travel around the region.

What are the requirements?

  • You will be a leader, strategic thinker and excellent communicator. Through experience and aptitude, you will be comfortable advising both SUEZ UK, and high-profile clients, from board level to shop floor, while operating with a high degree of autonomy.
  • You must be able to see the bigger picture for the region and have the enthusiasm, drive and passion to engage and involve other senior managers in development of the Corporate Affairs Strategy.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and political insight is essential, as is the ability to build a large and effective network of internal and external contacts.
  • Calm and level-headed in a crisis, you must be able to give considered and expert professional advice in challenging and often rapidly-changing situations. They should be in experienced media relations and excellent ambassador for the business.
  • The person in this role must take an engaged and active interest in the recycling and resource management sector, relevant policy issues and wider associated industry developments. While experience in this sector is preferable, it is not essential as long as the candidate can demonstrate a depth of knowledge earned through formal and informal learning in their current sector.
  • You will be an experienced Corporate Affairs or Public Relations manager with at least 10-years’ experience in a similar role, either in-house or in an agency. You will preferably have experience in the B2B private sector and environmental services sector, but this is not essential.
  • Furthermore, you will have prior experience of successfully managing a small team and will have a demonstrable track record of communications strategy formation and delivery.
  • Ideally, the candidate will hold accreditation with either the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) or Public Relations and Communications Associations (PRCA) and be able to demonstrate continual professional development in their career to date.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel extensively across the region, as required, and will therefore need to hold a valid UK driver’s licence.

Who we are

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK is a forward-thinking company recognised as one of the top places in the UK to work. We are proud of the fantastic opportunities for personal growth and development we offer our people. As we continue to develop and grow, you can play an important part in the essential work we are doing to make businesses and communities more sustainable.

Working at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK is not like most jobs – it means striving to secure our planet’s resources and being part of the resource revolution. By joining us, you will help to safeguard the environment and the public through essential waste and water management services, contribute to the sustainable development of communities, businesses and regions, and promote the emerging low-carbon circular economy.

With a raft of benefits, family-friendly policies and excellent remuneration packages, there’s never been a better time to join SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. A friendly and supportive place that you will love to work in, we believe creativity, clear communication and our drive for excellence are the keys to our success. If you share our thinking – and have the qualities we’re looking for – you could play a big part in our dedicated team.

To find out more or apply, please complete the application form and attach your CV.

*No agencies please*

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