Head of Local Communications & Community

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 21/08/2019

Head of Local Communications & Community

Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

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About the role

Exciting opportunity to join our Group Communications team as Head of Local Communications and Community.  Based out of our Head Office in Welwyn Garden City you'll be responsible for all Local Communications and Community Programmes across the UK via your team and directly with local media, authorities and MPs as well as through our work with Community programmes and partners.


You will be responsible for

  • Overseeing and implementing a proactive approach to local stakeholder engagement - including local MPs (working with the Government Relations team), local authorities, and media, managing all local media enquiries.
  • Management of x4 local communications managers and x3 local community managers, leading and guiding the team to ensure consistently excellent results are delivered and local communications and community programmes are easy for stores to implement.
  • Representing the business externally including at public meetings and community related speaking opportunities.
  • Shaping Tesco's community strategy by working with Retail, Customer and Government Relations teams so it aligns with the needs of the communities we serve and wider business objectives.
  • Leading our relationships with our core community programme partners, including FareShare, FoodCloud, Trussell Trust, Groundwork.
  • Supporting the property team with the communication needed to deliver their objectives (including colleague briefings, community consultation and relationship with elected officials).
  • Overseeing Tesco's charitable giving and sharing good practice to ensure activity remains strategic and responsible
  • Managing the UK Community budget
  • Managing our local PR agency 

You will need

  • Strong background in local communications or public affairs roles.
  • Experience in delivering large cross functional projects and project management.
  • Experienced people manager with a track record for leading high performing communications teams and managing remote teams. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage and influence internally and externally.


What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:
  • An annual bonus scheme of up to 45% of base salary
  • Car Allowance of £7,320 per annum
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco.
  • A retirement savings plan:  6%-10% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay 
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Health Screening every 2 years
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world.
Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’.
Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.
In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We want our customers to be inspired and whatever they are looking for, we’re finding bigger and better ways to provide it.
We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards. In return we offer excitement, a great team, an excellent benefit package and significant career development opportunities.
If that sounds exciting then we'd love to hear from you.
NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details before your agreed start date. 

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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