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Engagement Manager - Projects and Events (14 month's mat cover)

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 Closes: 18 Aug 2019
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Circ. 14 month FTC opportunity for maternity cover

As the Community Engagement Manager – Projects and Events (14 month mat cover) at HS2, you will responsible for supporting the planning, development and delivery of the community engagement strategy for route-wide internal and external communication and engagement activities including events and projects. This includes collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, contractors and partners to ensure engagement and communications are co-ordinated, consistent, timely and accessible to those communities that may be affected by the route.


About the role:

  • Support on the development and delivery of various internal and external events. These may include roadshows, conferences, exhibitions and staff events.

  • Support the development of the overall community engagement strategy by developing innovative and interactive communication tools, engagement platforms and a series of events.

  • Support the development and design of the new intranet and internet site for community engagement, ensuring it meets the needs of the business and communities in which HS2 operates.

  • Support the development and delivery of a series of training workshops and ‘toolboxes’ for our internal teams and contractors to utilise across the business

  • Support the development of tools to demonstrate and measure the communication and engagement tools impact on stakeholder relationships and in the communities in which HS2 operates.

  • Working with colleagues in creative services, ensure that all external facing engagement tools are appropriately branded or co-branded and commission updated templates and documents as and when required.

  • Define, implement and manage a series of defined projects that will assist the CE team in achieving the strategic goals through opportunities identified in partnership with other departments and contractor teams. These may include construction hoardings, archaeology, Health and Safety education workshops, visitor centres and others.

  • Support the development of a series of narratives for key issues across the programme, for use internally by CE and wider HS2 colleagues.

  • Provide clear and concise briefings, analysis and reports on complex issues for the Director of Community Relations and senior members of HS2.

  • Deliver workshops to ensure the wider organisation understands the scope of the engagement team and what information and support is required to deliver an effective engagement programme.

  • Participate in the overall development, of HS2’s Community Engagement Strategy that delivers meaningful, two-way, accurate and consistent communications and engagement.

  • Support the delivery of the strategy, ensuring it meets the strategic needs of the business as well as the individual needs of each Phase, ensuring communication and engagement activities, tools and platforms are fit for purpose, meaningful and tailored to local communities.

  • Management of reporting procedures  for the route-wide team as directed by the strategy team

  • Act as the front face of the organisation, developing and deepening relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally to ensure buy-in and overall delivery of the strategy.

  • Provide advice and support to senior members of HS2 and their contractors regarding engagement with external audiences as required, ensuring information is communicated in plain English and meets accessibility requirements.

  • Develop effective working relationships with contractors, ensuring they understand HS2’s commitments, behaviour expectations, and metrics by which they will be measured.

  • Work closely with the Helpdesk, providing regular updates and face-to-face briefings on sensitive issues.

  • Develop effective relationships with other communications colleagues in corporate affairs and ensure regular sharing of information.

  • Deputise for senior engagement manager when needed




About You:

  • Experience of working within communications or engagement in the public and private sectors, on projects of comparable scale, scope and complexity.

  • Experience of managing events, from initial brief through to post event evaluation.

  • Successful track record of implementing innovative and interactive solutions in community engagement and response across a diverse and challenging environment

  • Ability to develop challenging relationships and build trust amongst stakeholders and communities exercising diplomacy at every stage

  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to interpret and respond to changing landscapes and understand and communicate complex issues with clarity and

  • Robust under pressure and able to work to tight deadlines in dynamic, fast-moving organisation

  • Managing external agencies as part of an in-house client team

  • Understanding of the complex political environment within which HS2 operates, including relevant governance and accountability issues

  • An ability to be heard through personal credibility and the exercise of sound judgement

  • High level communication, networking and ambassadorial skills

  • Excellent influencing and listening skills

  • Excellent written communications, verbal communications and interpersonal skills

  • Experience working across multi-disciplinary communications teams including marketing, corporate affairs, branding, PR, media relations and corporate communications is advantageous

  • Experience of designing and developing innovative and interactive communication and engagement channels.

  • Experience of delivering community engagement in a fast paced, high profile and challenging environment.

  • Evidence of good planning and financial skills, with the ability to deliver projects and activities on time and within budget.

  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop and deliver difficult messages to highly sensitive audiences.

  • Proven experience of designing and developing innovative and interactive engagement and communications tools.

  • A track record of successful delivery in a maturing environment against challenging timescales and developing requirements.

  • Experience in managing teams to deliver multiple overlapping activities under pressure to meet tight deadlines

  • Some experience of providing counsel at a senior leadership level across an organisation on community engagement

  • Proven ability to build working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Experience of working in a political and/or regulated environment/sector


It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.


HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.


In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.


HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.


HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.


We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.


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