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ESS Recruits client specialises in developing low-carbon solutions aimed at reducing industrial carbon emissions. Their solutions include carbon capture, storage, and hydrogen. The company is currently focused on a key project in Scotland, which aims to create a catalyst that will facilitate industrial decarbonisation. This project will play a crucial role in helping the UK and Scotland meet their net-zero goals while maintaining the viability of important industries. The successful development of this catalyst will have significant implications for the future of low-carbon solutions.
The company is currently seeking an experienced Communications Manager to lead the development and implementation of communication strategies. You will play a key role in ensuring effective communication with internal and external stakeholders to maintain a positive project narrative, oversee delivery of community engagement and public consultation.   
Job description
The role will report to the Head of External Affairs
Key Objectives of the Role
  • Develop and implement comprehensive communication strategies aligned with project objectives and organisational goals, including public consultation to support development planning applications.
  • Project management expertise, with an ability to work across a complex matrix of stakeholders and manage a high performing team.
  • Proven ability to drive strategic change within a business or project.
  • Collaborate with project managers and key stakeholders to integrate communication plans into project timelines.
  • Support Head of External Affairs with stakeholder engagement strategies and ensure alignment of key messages.
  • Manage a small Project Communication Team (Senior Communications Advisor, Community Liaison Officer, and a part time Stakeholder Lead).
  • Engage and manage external communication agencies to leverage their expertise and support in executing communication plans and deliverables.
  • Chair and/or participate in working groups as required.
  • Designing and implementing successful integrated communications campaigns, working across a broad range of media including digital, social, film, print and PR.
  • Represent the project at external meetings, political briefings, industry events.
  • Provide link between the organisation’s Corporate Affairs central function and the project.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • 7-10 years’+ experience working in a senior communication/ engagement role.
  • Project planning experience, with an ability to work across a complex matrix of stakeholders and manage a high performing team.
  • Experience working in the energy industry, preferably working with low carbon energy/ energy transition.
  • A track record of delivering effective communication and stakeholder engagement campaigns.
  • Strong people skills
  • Excellent written, editing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to absorb and interpret complex information and translate into clear, simple messages.
  • Experience of crisis communications and/or successfully managing sensitive issues
  • Working knowledge of UK and Scottish policy on climate change, net zero targets and industrial decarbonisation
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, plan and prioritise workload and manage a small team.
  • Ability to undertake regular travel to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Central Belt of Scotland as required.
  • Degree level education or equivalent
The Individual
  • Highly organised and confident leader.
  • Flexible and comfortable with change.
  • Team player and diplomatic.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Comfortable coordinating a broad range of parallel activities
To apply please contact Zela Mole at ESSrecruit (
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