Head of Corporate Communications

After a long period of sustained growth, we are looking to invest significantly in our Marketing and Sales team which has led to the creation of a new role of Head of Corporate Communications to be based in either London or Bristol.

This will be a key and transformative role, supporting the firm's strategic objectives by line managing the communications team to develop and execute a cohesive communications plan.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is a future-focused international legal practice with a global turnover of over 442m and more than 1,600 talented lawyers in 26 offices around the world. We have an incredible client base ranging from FTSE 100 companies to disruptive start-ups, spanning some of the most cutting edge sectors of business.

We achieve our continued success through a deeper understanding of our people and clients, a collective vision, and a focus on maximising the opportunities of change.

What you'll do

  • Manage the implementation of the firm's corporate communications strategy, policy and process for both internal and external communications through a range of existing (and new) channels, delivering innovative projects on time and within budget.

  • Work directly with the UK Managing Partner advising on internal communications to enhance engagement with firm strategy and future vision. 

  • Primarily a UK role, there will also be responsibility to oversee the wider international communications group including advising the International CEO.

  • Contribute to brand and corporate identity strategy to ensure it remains distinctive in the market and translates well across digital media.

  • Provide strategic communications advice to senior management across business services (HR, IT, Finance etc)

  • Line manage the Internal Comms team and lead on improving the use of existing internal comms channels and developing new ones to maximise employee engagement and information flow throughout the business.

  • Lead and line manage the PR team and ensure the firm has strong relationships with key press contacts and opinion formers within financial/business and legal press. Ensure all media engagement is appropriate and contributing to the firm’s communication and business objectives. 

  • Liaise with Sector BD Managers, the Head of Client Knowledge and the Campaigns Managers to ensure the communications team is working appropriately to support the firm’s “go-to-market” strategy and key, priority projects. 

  • Contribute to the Crisis Management team on any incident or issue and manage the implementation of subsequent communications internally and externally ensuring all communications are well-managed and protect the firm’s reputation.

  • Ensure key spokespeople are briefed and prepared for any media engagement and act as a point of escalation for media engagement as needed beyond current PR contacts in the firm. 

  • Oversee the firm’s content across all channels (including website and social) to ensure the firm reputation is enhanced and protected.   

What we're looking for

  • Proven track record of implementing a cohesive communications plan in a senior communications role.
  • Significant people management experience – able to lead/direct and motivate a variety of professionals in the delivery of various corporate communication projects.

  • Significant project management and effective change management experience.

  • Proven ability to advise and influence senior management. 

  • Significant strategic media relations and internal comms experience preferably in a legal/professional services or Partnership environment.

  • Ability to analyse complex business challenges and formulate communications solutions. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to motivate and interact with people at all levels.

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

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