Communications Manager (PEC)


  • Salary: £38k - £54k, plus excellent benefits
  • Location: Central London, Blackfriars - we offer flexibility to work remotely
  • Closing: 8:00am, 1st Jun 2021 BST

Job Description

We are recruiting for a Communications Manager, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)!

About Nesta

We are Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale solutions to society’s biggest problems. Our three missions are to give every child a fair start, help people live healthy lives, and create a sustainable future where the economy works for both people and the planet. 

For over 20 years, we have worked to support, encourage and inspire innovation. We work in three roles: as an innovation partner working with frontline organisations to design and test new solutions, as a venture builder supporting new and early stage businesses, and as a system shaper creating the conditions for innovation. 

Harnessing the rigour of science and the creativity of design, we work relentlessly to change millions of lives for the better. Find out more at

About the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre 

Nesta is leading a large consortium of university and industry partners to deliver a major research centre on the Creative Industries for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Our consortium connects leading thinkers, across multiple academic disciplines, with expertise that spans the breadth of challenges facing the UK’s creative industries, and leverages long-standing relationships with government and industry. The Centre has the ambitious objective to use academic research in a timely and agile way to address the biggest policy challenges facing the UK’s creative industries. 

How will a Communications Manager contribute to Nesta’s success?

This role-holder will have overall responsibility for developing and delivering the communications strategy for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) that uses all channels across the communications mix, with a particular focus on media and digital engagement. 

The post holder will also act as brand guardian and guide the development of a consistent and coherent messaging approach across all of the PEC’s external communications. This is particularly important as the PEC matures and develops a position for its long-term sustainability, and we are ideally looking for someone who has experience in strategic communications. 

The role will involve working collaboratively with the rest of the PEC’s core team based at Nesta, and will be based within the PEC’s five-person Policy Unit, managed by the Head of the Policy Unit and working very closely with her. The post holder will manage a Policy Communications Officer.  

The role

  • Acting as an Editor for all content across the PEC’s website and twitter, maintaining meticulous attention to detail and copywriting, a consistent brand voice, and a considered approach to ensure the PEC’s channels are accessible and inclusive; 

  • Leading the PEC’s digital communications activities, including our website, curation and production of digital content and the social media presence of the Centre in order to meet the PEC’s quantitative communications targets; 

  • Acting as a brand guardian when working with the PEC consortium’s researchers and the PEC’s numerous research and industry partners. As well as in the PEC’s own channels and materials, also ensure that the PEC’s branding is correct and consistent across the partner materials and channels; 

  • Working closely with the PEC consortium to agree communications approaches, and then to ensure lessons, stories, outputs and outcomes from the Centre are captured and shared in the most appropriate and impactful ways;

  • Maintaining relationships with the communications teams of our funders and other core partners to ensure alignment; 

  • Line management of the Policy Communications Officer to support and the delivery of their work.

The person

  • Experience executing a communications strategy for policy and research work, including brand-level work; 

  • Experience managing a press function, with strong expertise in media relations and securing high impact media coverage;

  • Experience of digital communications with previous responsibility for managing a website, social media channels, and a newsletter;

  • Able to work in a fast-paced, impact-focused environment and flexibly respond to changing and competing priorities; 

  • Experience working on projects with a wide range of stakeholders and partners;

  • An adept and confident networker with strong influencing skills; 

  • Excellent project management skills; 

  • Experience of managing third party creative agencies to produce marketing materials; 

  • Excellent editing and writing skills;

  • Experience of managing websites and social media presences, of creating compelling digital content and delivering small scale website development projects; 

  • Experience of working in/familiarity with the creative industries is desirable.

What we offer

Salary: £38k - £54k pa plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more 

Location: This role is based in 58 VE but we offer flexibility for our people to work remotely

Term: Fixed-Term Contract until May 2023

Hours: This is a full-time role but we offer a range of flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to take advantage of them. Many do.

Reports to: Head of Policy Unit

Making an application

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 1st of June 2021.

Interviews will take place w/c 7th of June 2021.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements. 

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. 

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be blind 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 blind review

Applications closed Tue 1st Jun 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be blind 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 blind review

Start your de-biased application