External Communications Executive

Farnborough, Hampshire with some UK travel expected
£25k to £30k dependent on experience
08 Apr 2013
08 May 2013
Full Time
Contract Type

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?



  • Responsibility for managing a robust system for incoming media enquiries
  • Being involved in the on call press rota
  • Willingness to work away from the main office and visit some of the 25 UK sites when  required
  • Where appropriate, deal with low level media enquiries, including liaising with the  business
  • Monitoring daily current news agendas
  • Writing website copy for relevant stories
  • Develop relationships with local and trade media, where appropriate
  • Organise site visits for stakeholders including media, politicians, civil servants and investors – including relevant security protocols
  • Accompany film crews and photographers on site and ensure that QinetiQ best represented
  • Responsible for managing the online press office and website

Government Relations & Public Affairs

  • Monitor and prepare briefs on key Parliamentary events
  • Update and manage the records of relationships with key stakeholders and QinetiQ public policy, support the dissemination of information on QinetiQ’s government relations
  • Retrieve and disseminate Parliamentary / governmental information as required
  • Support the creation of Government Affairs activity, such as site visits and Parliamentary events, as required


  • Day-to-day management of suppliers of monitoring, databases, newswires, evaluation, subscriptions and other suppliers
  • Liaising with offices of MPs, media and public affairs agencies
  • Responsible for the management of meetings, hospitality and booking venues and general event management where appropriate
  • Attend meetings where appropriate and produce minutes/action logs   

Key accountabilities

  • Support to press team
  • Support to head of government relations

Knowledge and skills required

  • A strong interest in news and current affairs and business
  • Basic understanding and interest of the media and its trends
  • Likes working at a pace, unflappable, agile, flexible and able to multitask while prioritising workload
  • Ability to liaise with others taking a judgement about timing, appropriateness and manner
  • Ability to summarise complicated information in a timely and relevant manner to brief colleagues, senior management
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • Eagerness to learn and develop in the role
  • Confident and able to make independent decisions using best judgement
  • Strong inter-personal skills – friendly, approachable
  • Shows initiative, bringing solutions to problems
  • Diplomacy and tact with the ability to say no whilst meaning it but not causing offence.
  • Self-motivated/self-starter – able to work with minimal supervision
  • Good organisational skills
  • Team player

Behavioural requirements

  • Customer focused
  • Mobility
  • Responsive, energetic and enthusiastic with a can do attitude, organised
  • Ability to handle situations under pressure
  • Able to see the wider picture
  • Diligent and attention to detail
  • Professional in approach to the workplace and colleagues


  • Flexible to working schedule dependent on deadlines
  • Working to deadlines with a challenging workload
  • Ability to keep cool when times are pressurised
  • Having to learn quickly and think on your feet
  • Being persistent to get the answers required from the business

Essential qualifications

  • MS Office literate (esp. Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent English language skills - written and oral
  • Driver’s license