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Job Title Corporate Communications Manager
Location 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 monitoring service
  • 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 firm's website.
  • 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 manage projects
  • 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

Work-life Balance

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.

Responsible Business

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 Business strategy:

  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing

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.