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Corporate Communications Manager
Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds
Job Title: Corporate Communications Manager
Location: Bristol, Birmingham or Leeds
Join a team that makes real changes
Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a
comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Bristol,
Birmingham, Leeds and London.
The firm advises businesses across construction, energy &
resource management, higher education and financial services,
complementing the firm's market leadership within housing, local
government and health and social care.
We currently employ over 500 people, including 80 Partners, and our
award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate,
property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and
clinical negligence) legal advice.
Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has
recently either won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious
awards including 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021.
We are driven by our 4 values: Relationships, Results, Reputation and
Responsible. These give us a sense of purpose and ensure we always
work collaboratively with clients and colleagues, continually improve,
make the right choices and act with integrity.
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes
applicants from all backgrounds.
Rise to the Challenge
We have an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Communications
Manager to join us. The role holder will be an integral member of the
Business Development & Marketing management team and will work
closely with the Business Services Directors, the Marketing Manager
and wider Business Development & Marketing department, plus play a
role in supporting the firm's Responsible Business programme and other
key firm-wide strategic projects.
Reporting to the Director of Business Development & Marketing,
the successful candidate will manage all communications to promote the
activities of the firm externally and internally:
Based upon the Firm's Five Year Business Plan and Business
Strategic objectives, manage our external communications to promote
corporate news, including Financial Results, Awards, Directories,
Appointments and Responsible Business messages through traditional
and digital PR, plus social media.
Manage supplier relationship of the firm's PR agency and Media
Proactively manage the firm's awards submissions calendar for
corporate/legal, regional and market awards
Manage production of the firm's internal communications, delivered
to 500 staff across 4 offices, with regard content generation and
scheduling of activity
Champion and manage the firm's internal brand identity and Tone of Voice
Manage the firm's Intranet (and development programme) the
Intranet's sub-editor network made up of colleagues across the firm
and responsible for the firm's internal communications calendar
Support the Business Services Directors (HR, Knowledge, Risk,
Transformation and Finance) with communications consultancy for
delivery and communication of strategic projects
Line management of the Corporate Communications Executive.
Key responsibilities include:
PR - Manage PR agency and communications
activities, including corporate news and Responsible Business media
releases, awards, media monitoring service and News content on the
Social media - Ensure proactive management of
content via the firms' social media channels to promote the firm's
corporate news, Responsible Business activities and other content.
Internal communications - Manage the Intranet
infrastructure, and future developments, and delivery of strategic
communications including the weekly firm newsletter and weekly
interview series. Support other departments across the wider
business in communicating firm-wide projects and initiatives
including our IT and delivery change programme, Responsible Business
activities and other communications projects.
Strategic projects - provide internal
communications support to Business Services Directors with
consultancy advice and support to contribute to project development
and communications delivery, either external or internally.
Responsible Business - play a key role in
contributing to the Business Development & Marketing Team's
support for our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Community
Support, Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing strands of our
Responsible Business programme, plus other community and fundraising
initiatives, and pro bono work originating in each our four offices.
The ideal candidate will be within a commutable distance of either
Bristol/Birmingham/Leeds to have one of those bases as their home
office. As a firm, we have fully embraced hybrid working and our
people have a high degree of flexibility in terms of how they work, in
line with the needs of their job role, team and internal/external
clients. Travel where required would be to our office locations, as
the successful candidate will manage external and internal
communications to promote and protect the firm's brand across the firm.
Who we are looking for
5+ years' experience in a similar role (preferably within a
professional services environment)
Experience working with a PR agency
Experience of delivering B2B social media
Experience of creating and delivering internal communications,
including internal comms projects
Desirable - experience using a Content Management System (CMS)
such as Umbraco and social media scheduling software such as Hootsuite
Line management, ideally of communications professional(s), with
leadership and coaching skills
Ability to project professionalism and develop excellent working
relationships internally and externally
Strong written and verbal communication
Organised, proactive, with strong attention to detail and able to
Positive, enthusiastic and personable ("team player")
Willingness to learn and be adaptable to change
Educated to Degree level or with previous experience working in a
Communications or Marketing role
We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which
includes 25 days holiday (plus the option to buy up to an additional 5
days), a generous pension scheme and private medical insurance through
Vitality (including "phone a GP service", discounted gym
membership and 'Vitality' Partner discounts).
All of our people are entitled to a biennial private health
assessment through Nuffield Health and are included in the group life
assurance scheme. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme (free
telephone support and counselling service) and a cycle scheme (Save
Tax & NI on a bike for cycling to work).
Where possible, we want to offer all Bevan Brittan people flexibility
to work their week in a way that suits them - we operate a hybrid
working model based on the needs of our clients, teams and that of the
individual. Our core business hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday,
however we are open to individuals working more flexibly around those
times and would welcome a conversation with you if you have any questions.
To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of
Bevan Brittan's identity, running through our culture and embodied by
the clients we serve.
Bevan Brittan seeks to play an active role within its local office
communities. Through regular fundraising events, support for local
initiatives and annual charity donations at Christmas, we have
established a culture of giving within the firm. In December 2021 we
donated a total of £60,000 to our four regional office charities, with
each charity receiving £15,000 to help fund their vital services.
Our current selected charity in Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance.
We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through actions
rather than words; colleagues from across the firm are already heavily
involved, living and breathing the four pillars of our Responsible
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Collectively, these four pillars ensure we look after our colleagues'
wellbeing; offer an environment in which all can progress on merit,
regardless of personal circumstances or background; give something
back to the communities in which we work; and protect the environment.
Bevan Brittan is proudly a carbon neutral firm. We have achieved the
UN's Climate Neutral Now accreditation and our environmental
sustainability plan is focussed on achieving our net zero carbon target.
Each lawyer has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for
local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen
colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol),
Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham), Yorkshire Cat Rescue
(Leeds), Great Western Credit Union (London), and several others.