Do you have a passion for finding and sharing stories? Are you curious, creative and organised? Does news and current affairs interest you? If so, we have a brilliant opportunity to join the Group Corporate Affairs team.
Before we get into detail about the essential skills needed for this role (keep scrolling) here’s a snapshot into a few days in the life of Jo*, an assistant communications business partner in Group Corporate Affairs and part of the Insurance, Pensions & Investments (IP&I) team.
IP&I is delivering exciting, innovative products and solutions and will generate much of the growth needed to help the Group achieve its purpose of helping Britain prosper. It is home to the Scottish Widows brand and around 5,000 colleagues helping millions of customers with their life insurance, pensions, investments, home and motor insurance needs.
Jo’s team work across internal and external audiences: supporting leaders to share their growth stories one minute, the next the focus could be on managing an inbound media enquiry or developing a thought-leadership report.
In February, Jo designed and ran a high profile internal broadcast for everyone in IP&I. Jo worked closely with the IP&I CEO’s office to craft an engaging agenda, prepped the host so they understood how the broadcast would flow, coached speakers on their presentation style and how they could use on-screen visuals to enhance their delivery.
As it was a team effort, Jo had to make sure that everyone understood what was expected of them in the run up to the broadcast and on the day, this included managing an external agency and creating video content so there were lots of moving parts and people involved!
Afterwards Jo used feedback from the people who watched the broadcast, speakers and team working behind the scenes to consider ways to make future broadcasts even better. Jo summarised this into a feedback snapshot, so senior leaders could see the key themes at a glance.
The following day Jo caught up with a key stakeholder who wanted to discuss their media plan. Jo asked lots of questions about what they wanted to achieve, what good looked like for them and what their overarching business aims and objectives were for the coming months. After the stakeholder meeting Jo briefed members of the GCA media relations team on the discussion, Jo’s take on what was realistic and could be achieved. Together they co-created a plan which delivered strong media coverage.
If you think Jo’s role sounds interesting and you have experience of doing similar things or skills you think are transferable, then we’d love to hear from you!
As a small team with a broad remit, there will be lots of opportunities for stretch and development. So we’re looking for someone with a growth mindset and can-do attitude, however there are some skills which are essential for anyone who wants to apply:
Ability to seek out a great story that shows how we’re growing with purpose and replay or elevate this so more people hear it
Collaborative and comfortable working with a range of stakeholders
Experience of delivering communications through a range of channels in particular face to face events, video production and virtual broadcasts
Great attention to detail
Excellent writing skills
Experienced in using Viva Engage suite, in particular Teams Live and Yammer
A passion for news and current affairs, with an interest in financial services an advantage
**whilst Jo is a fictional character, the activities described in this job are all real and have indeed been carried out by the outgoing role holder
What you will get in return!
We’ll give you a broad remuneration package which includes:
A performance share bonus
A generous pension contribution
A flex cash pot you can adjust to suit your lifestyle
Private health cover
28 days holiday plus bank holidays
Various share schemes including free shares
We’re also passionate about diversity and equal opportunity with industry recognition across gender, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and families. And, being disability positive, reasonable adjustments can be accommodated in our Recruitment process, just let us know.
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