Future Cities Catapult

£35,000 - £42,000 yearly
Future Cities Catapult London, UK
Jan 31, 2019
Permanent
The PR and Social Media Manager has an important remit to lead across all our communications channels. You will deliver timely, accessible and impactful communications to key audiences. In addition to publicising what we do, our communications activity / strategy is designed to generate and sustain the engagement of cities, businesses, academia and other key stakeholders in our work and to increase understanding of our mission, providing thought leadership around our projects and programmes. You will directly influence these key audiences by ensuring our messages are clear, consistent and appropriately targeted, using a variety of media, including our website, social media and wider public relations. In addition, you will be responsible for managing our internal communications channels. Key Responsibilities: Devise and implement communications plans and strategies for developing and disseminating content across traditional and social digital channels, including third party platforms, to demonstrate the impact of the Catapult’s work. Through press releases and news stories, proactively work to secure media coverage for the Catapult through the dissemination of positive news and by actively tracking, and capitalising on, the news agenda. Lead on all social media, across all platforms, ensuring a distinct and consistent voice for the Catapult, crafting dynamic and engaging content that achieves essential cut through above the noise. Define, curate and lead a social media content plan across all social channels designed to engage key stakeholders and create an interactive relationship between media, businesses and the Catapult, in order to grow online communities/followers and organic content, reach and engagement, and to deliver measurable results. Collect and review social media data to develop more effective campaigns, and where necessary develop strategies and implement new tactics to improve effectiveness. Act as the central point of contact for internal communications. Develop and manage the portfolio of internal communications channels on behalf of the leadership team, in collaboration with key information (and information system) owners.  This may include, but is not necessarily limited to staff meetings, newsletters, announcements, intranet, webinars and staff away days. Co-ordinate and implement content and technical changes to the corporate website. Assist in developing and implementing the corporate brand and improving our efforts to effectively market our services. Regularly report on communications activity across a range of key metrics for reporting to senior leadership and government stakeholders. Contribute to the development of communications strategy and its implementation. Undertake any other reasonable duties to support the Catapult in achieving its strategic outcomes and ensure effective business operations. Skills & Experience: Bachelor degree qualifications in communications, public relations or related field, or substantial equivalent experience. Excellent ability to write in English, translating complex material into easy to read promotional copy. A strong track record in advising colleagues on communications approaches ensuring the use of the most appropriate channels to achieve maximum impact. Essential and proven previous experience managing social media as part of an integrated marketing approach. Experience of digital media good practice, including a user-centric approach to content and accessibility. Demonstrable experience in editing websites, including working with a content management system, e.g. Wordpress and master website analytics. A keen news sense and strong knowledge of the UK media landscape across all its platforms.   Experience of gathering data and providing data-led reports to demonstrate the impact of communications activity. Experience of working within a set of brand messages and identity guidelines. Accuracy and an eye for detail. Creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Excellent organisational, interpersonal and networking skills, including coordinating and motivating colleagues, working effectively as both an individual contributor and as a member of a multi-cultural team. Excellent communicator with the ability to manage conflicting priorities. Ability to exercise initiative and plan work independently. An understanding of video and audio (e.g. podcast) production, online channels or platforms. Excellent capability using the Microsoft suite, especially PowerPoint. An interest in urban innovation would be desirable. Role specifics: The PR and Social Media Manager has an important remit to lead across all our communications channels. You will deliver timely, accessible and impactful communications to key audiences. In addition to publicising what we do, our communications activity / strategy is designed to generate and sustain the engagement of cities, businesses, academia and other key stakeholders in our work and to increase understanding of our mission, providing thought leadership around our projects and programmes. You will directly influence these key audiences by ensuring our messages are clear, consistent and appropriately targeted, using a variety of media, including our website, social media and wider public relations. In addition, you will be responsible for managing our internal communications channels.
£45,000 - £50,000 yearly
Future Cities Catapult London, UK
Jan 29, 2019
Permanent
We’re looking for a brilliant Visual Designer to help us assist in the creation and development of web and mobile applications, and participate in designing the output for the whole organisation. Fast urbanisation is one of the most important trends changing our world over the coming decades. You are interested in helping cities and keen on using your design talent to solve urban challenges and develop solutions which will make our cities more sustainable. You will work in multi-disciplinary teams with service designers, insight specialists, data scientists and developers, help us to build our unique combination of capabilities around data, technology and design, and contribute to our value capturing and communications, ensuring that our work is documented, published and disseminated in engaging ways. With a huge variety of projects in the pipeline, you will be comfortable working on a wide range of tasks and projects from visualising data and information in digestible and inspirational ways, to creating videos and animations, to designing user interfaces of apps. Our projects are collaborative and innovative by nature. You value interaction and prefer to work closely with partners and clients, discussing possible approaches and solutions. You don't shy away from experimenting with new technologies and approaches, but prioritise a great user experience over technical novelty. Your work will inspire and support the full spectrum of Future Cities Catapult stakeholders, visitors and collaborators. Key Responsibilities: Collaborate with our multidisciplinary team to define and implement innovative solutions for service and product visuals and experience. Create engaging and innovative visualisations for a variety of projects as part of working closely with service designers, insight specialists, data scientists and developers. Execute all visual design stages from concept to deployment. Conceptualise original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design roadblocks. Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and site maps to communicate interaction and design ideas effectively. Present and defend designs and key milestone deliverables to peers and executive level stakeholders. Conduct user research and evaluate user feedback. Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards. Skills and Experience: BA/MA in Interaction Design, Digital Design or related At least 5 years of experience as a digital designer An impressive portfolio of own-designed mobile apps, web sites and print publications Experience and examples visualizing and helping to communicate complex concepts, flows, data, information, etc. Solid experience in creating wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and site maps Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, OmniGraffle, or other visual design and wire-framing tools Proficiency in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for rapid prototyping Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction​ Up-to-date with the latest UX/UI trends, techniques, and technologies Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process Ability to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines Flexible attitude to the use of tools and methods Good communication skills to explain your concepts and designs Willingness to travel for work or research, mostly UK-based, but possibly internationally. Also desirable: Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript & jQuery Portfolio of motion design Understanding of Information Architecture Basic knowledge of Internet of Things technologies, landscape and IoT platforms, as they might apply to future cities Experience in projects centred on urban challenges, technologies and places Understanding of user centred design and development methods and experience in using them in real-world projects. Interview Dates CV Screening – w/c 25th February 2019, if successful you will be contacted w/c 27th February 2019  1 st  Interview – w/c 4th March 2019   Please note: Due to the nature of this role we may close it earlier than advertised, if this role is of interest to you then we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.