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Head of Communications – Western Route & Great Western Modernisation

Swindon, Wiltshire£Competitive dependent on experience

Head of Communications – Western Route & Great Western Modernisation

Network Rail

Swindon

£Competitive dependent on experience

Every year 1.3 billion journeys are made on Britain’s railway and 100 million tonnes of freight is transported. A million more trains run every year than just five years ago too. That’s why Network Rail is on a mission to deliver a better railway that will make a massive difference to passengers and freight users across Britain. Take the Western Route. Over the next five years our ambitious plans include electrifying it to provide more reliable journeys and improved connections. We’re also working to introduce new ‘Super Express’ trains that will provide a fleet of new trains. In short, there’s never been a better time to join our communications team.

Throughout the programme we’ll look to you to provide the best strategic communications leadership around. This will include developing and delivering a strategy that promotes our investment in the route, supports the delivery of the programme and manages the complex issues that arise on a daily basis. Providing expert advice on best-practice communications while developing a deep understanding of the business will be key. Along the way, you’ll work in partnership with senior leaders and communications colleagues to come up with effective communications for a variety of audiences. We’ll also rely on you to regularly review and monitor activities, manage branding use and implement a major incident communications plan.

To make this challenging role yours, you’ll need substantial experience in public/corporate affairs that includes developing and overseeing the delivery of comprehensive and complex communications strategies. The personal credibility to build strong stakeholder relationships and work with the most senior managers to deliver effective communications on our behalf is also key. We’ll also be looking for evidence of the highest quality leadership and management skills, including managing teams and delivering projects and campaigns on time and within budget.

To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: 31 August 2014.

Network Rail welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and is committed to interviewing all applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria advertised. We are striving to achieve the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol and to create a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.