Local Communications Manager - London & South East (Maternity contract)

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

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

United Kingdom

Apply by: 12/04/2021

Local Communications Manager - London & South East (Maternity contract)

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

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About the role

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen in our Group Comms team for a Local Communications Manager - London & South East on a maternity contract.

This role helps shape the ongoing Tesco community narrative externally, creating more opportunities to tell a positive story and demonstrate the impact of the work we do within our local communities. Within this, you ensure that the high-profile multiple property development programmes we are now rolling out across our estate will be communicated to the right external audience, including the retail property market. You will promote and protect Tesco's reputation and handle sensitive queries from media and stakeholders.

You help build networks to enable Tesco to have positive conversations about our business with a number of local and national stakeholders and representatives of the retail, property and charity sectors.

You will be responsible for

  •  Acting as a spokesperson and representative for Tesco across my region. 
  • Promoting, defending and advising the business on reputational issues. 
  • Promoting the work of Tesco across my region and bringing our national initiatives to life in targeted and relevant local campaigns, with a particular focus on working closely with the Community team and our charity partners to support, communicate and advance each of our core community programmes and pillars.
  • Identifying relevant and impactful opportunities in media or other channels where we can widen audience awareness of our community reach, partnerships, investments and role our stores play. A significant part of this should be building relationships with strategic local authorities, including the GLA, and working with Government Relations to engage relevant stakeholders and support the Government Relations strategy.
  • Supporting the property team in the execution of their development strategies across London and the South East. Developing and managing a communications plan that supports our proposed store growth across the UK and our readiness to acquire new sites.
  • Owning and resolving escalations/correspondence from local MPs, Councils and other stakeholders regarding constituency/local matters.
  • Developing and delivering specific communications that help people understand the proactive way Tesco work, for a local audience. Working with our communications agency to create targeted and relevant local press releases across my region, supporting our wider messaging. 
  • Showing and demonstrating where and how our story telling has had impact and results and where we could do more through our networks, in key cities, in communities that need more support.

You will need

Media background either in journalism or PR and experience of media handling.
Public affairs and/or solid political understanding with experience of local Government communications, particularly the planning process.
Excellent writing and communication skills with a blend of proactive, corporate and property, retail and or third sector experience.
Influencing and collaboration skills including managing external stakeholders. 

Experience of the property planning process, local council planning would be advantageous as would knowledge of the food retail sector.
Public speaking or presenting would be helpful.

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:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco 
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move.  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 are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities.  We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you.  Everyone is welcome at Tesco.
NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on 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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