Communications & Marketing Manager

Forum for the Future

  • Team: APAC
  • Salary: S$76,112 to $85,852 per annum, dependent on experience
  • Location: Singapore
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 4th Mar 2021 +08

Job Description

Candidates must have a valid right to work in Singapore.

Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.


As the world looks to build back better from COVID-19, it’s a key moment for the sustainability movement. Do you want to ensure communications plays a central role in helping shape a better future for people and planet? Do you want to create compelling communications campaigns for Forum’s programmes in Asia that really resonate with audiences? We are looking for a strategic, creative and adaptable Communications & Marketing Manager experienced in developing and delivering multi-channel communications strategies to join our growing communications and fundraising team. 

This is a new role within Forum and provides an opportunity to work as part of an international team of passionate changemakers within a leading sustainability non-profit. You will play a unique role in leading communications in Asia that support programmatic impact and income generation, as well as underlining our brand positioning. You will also support Forum’s global corporate communications work, and are set to join the team at an exciting time of growth, with significant expansion in Asia and the US. 

Based out of our office in Singapore, you will report to the Head of Marketing and Communications in London and work closely with our dynamic APAC and India teams.

About Forum

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai.

For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

As an international leader in practical systems change Forum contributes to tackling critical global challenges, including a current focus on: 

  • Keeping global warming within 1.5ºC of pre-industrial levels

  • Providing enough food for everyone, produced in a sustainable and affordable way 

  • Ensuring the supply chains we rely on for goods and services are resilient and equitable

  • Inspiring and equipping individuals and organizations to drive positive change more systemically. 

About the team

This role is based in our Singapore office and will sit within Forum’s international Connect team, which leads our fundraising, communications and marketing activities. Our aim is to raise our brand profile among key target audiences, build long-term funding relationships and grow income to drive systems change for sustainability. 

About the role

You will lead the development and delivery of integrated communications and marketing campaigns for our major programmes, calling on the full channel mix - from media relations and digital to partnerships and content marketing - to engage stakeholders in Forum’s work. 

You will play a key role in supporting the Asia team in raising Forum’s profile among targeted audiences, and in equipping and empowering them in driving systemic change through a wide range of engagement activities and thought leadership opportunities.

About You

The Communications & Marketing Manager will be an experienced and proactive communicator with excellent written and verbal skills, able to leverage Forum’s strategic relationships and networks, and to work effectively across a matrixed structure, geographies, and external partner organisations.

You will be creative and resilient with an adaptive mindset, able to support communications and organisational development within the context of ongoing change. You will also be a highly organised multi-tasker, able to manage multiple priorities within tight budgets and while juggling often-competing deadlines.

You enjoy working with people from different cultures and across geographies and your preferred ways of working are embodied by Forum’s values (being courageous, adaptive, empathetic, inquisitive, playful and respectful).

Ideally, you will also bring an understanding of, and a passion for, sustainability and the change we are trying to create. 

Your experience

  • A strong track record of developing and delivering targeted multi-channel communications and marketing strategies that support programme delivery in an international organisation (preferably in the sustainability field)

  • Based on a keen eye for a story, a strong track record of developing compelling thought leadership material for diverse audiences 

  • Knowledge of the Asia media landscape and experience in developing proactive and reactive media plans that support programmatic impact

  • Experience in managing creative and communications agencies to deliver on time and within budget.

You have a demonstrated ability to:

  • Work independently across an emergent organisation with a high degree of innovation, creativity, resilience and adaptability

  • Network with senior leaders in diverse sectors, with a focus on our programmatic partners 

  • Successfully navigate complex relationships and multi-stakeholder environments, building strong relationships internally and externally as you go

  • Work with programme staff to ensure we are telling inspiring stories at all times that support income generation and brand building, as well as programmatic impact

  • Speak and write fluent English, with excellent writing skills. Written and verbal skills in other languages such as Bahasa, Hindi and/or Mandarin would add significant value

  • Coach and support others to build their own communication skills

  • Enable yourself and others to prioritise the right things, in the right way, at the right time.

If this role interests and excites you, we would love to hear from you.  Where you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description, but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.

In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team. We offer various opportunities for flexible working to help you manage your work life balance.

To find out more about this vacancy, please download and read the full job description.

Application process – please read before applying

We use the Applied platform because it is designed to reduce bias in our recruitment process. To apply for this job, we ask you to answer a few work-based questions. Please therefore read the application questions carefully and answer them in the space provided (250 words) to clearly demonstrate your understanding of the role, and how your skills and experience will enable you to thrive and deliver in this post in Forum for the Future.

We use the Applied platform because it is designed to reduce bias in our recruitment process. To apply for this job, we ask you to answer a few work-based questions. 

Your answers will be randomised and anonymously scored by members of Forum’s selection panel. Our initial selection is based on how you answer these questions, rather than looking at your CV. Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. 

The Applied platform includes instructions on how to use the portal. Once you start your application you will be presented with a dashboard which helps you to track your progress and reminds you of the closing date for the application. As you complete sections you can draft and save your responses to review and submit when you are ready to (as long as you’re within our required application deadline).

Please note:

All Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our Singapore office.If you do not already hold the right to work in Singapore and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working in your chosen location, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with Forum for the Future will be passed on to us for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee. For full details on how we collect and use your personal data please visit our privacy notice here.

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Equal Opportunities

Forum for the Future wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public.  We actively support and promote diversity as an essential component of sustainability, and as a key element of our organisational values.  We oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, caste, religion or belief. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, and come from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Thu 4th Mar 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Thu 4th Mar 2021