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COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER

Hamilton, Scotland

£ Competitive

We are looking for someone to join our team in Hamilton to support our ambitious programme of new renewable energy and property developments in Scotland.

EMPLOYEES BENEFIT FROM:

• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
• Company pension scheme
• Annual bonus depending upon Company and individual performance
• Company vehicle allocated
• Health and wellbeing discounts
• Cars4Staff scheme offering up to 25% off new and used vehicles
• Cycle to work scheme

OVERALL OBJECTIVES:

You will be a persuasive character with strong communication, interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills and the confidence and credibility to engage with and influence a wide range of people to achieve positive outcomes. To be successful you will also need to develop a good knowledge of the local area and the key stakeholders around each of our projects.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

1. Devise, manage and deliver project communications strategies in support of the Banks Group’s forward programme of new developments in Scotland.

2. Promote the work of Banks Group with a range of stakeholders including MSPs, MPs, and their advisors, local politicians, business organisations, local communities and local businesses.

3. Work within Banks project teams alongside the project manager and planner to devise and implement strategies to obtain community and political support to ensure that each new development proposal has the best chance of achieving planning success.

4. Ensure that all Banks Group Scottish projects are supported with a range of engaging and relevant marketing communications material including, news releases, project brochures, web page and an agreed programme of social media posts.
5. Prepare reports for submission with planning applications that set out how the company has consulted with a range of stakeholders, what views were expressed and how those views have been taken into account.

6. Organise and attend community meetings, workshops, public exhibitions, open days, presentations and community surveys to promote Banks’ projects, explain the benefits of the proposals, record feedback, seek support and identify economic, environmental and social benefits delivered by the development.

7. Help to manage and promote the Banks Community Fund and Connect2Renewables initiative to ensure that tangible benefits are delivered to community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects in the vicinity of Banks Group’s renewable energy and property developments in Scotland.

8. Establish and maintain close links with community representatives, councillors, residents and businesses in the vicinity of Banks’ developments and ensure that local communities are kept informed of development proposals and the associated community benefits.

9. Investigate and resolve community enquiries regarding the activities at Banks Group sites.

KEY CONTACTS:

You will work closely with local and national politicians, local residents, businesses and community leaders, attending and facilitating community meetings, public exhibitions and open days.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

You will travel extensively and must be a capable driver with a full UK driving licence.

IMPORTANT DATES

The deadline for applications is 25th October 2019. Interview process comprises of first stage face to face interview. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage face to face interview with Personal Profile Analysis.
To apply, please send your CV and answer the following questions to: HR Department, Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL or by email to applications@banksgroup.co.uk or visit the website www.banksgroup.co.uk/current-vacancies

The Banks Group is committed to equality of opportunity

Please answer the following three questions in no more than 400 words each, your responses to these questions will be used as part of the short-listing process.

1. Give an example of a time when you had to negotiate with a customer/member of the public/community group or politician. Please tell us what you did, why you approached the negotiation in that particular way and what the outcome was.
2. Tell us about a time when you had to present an idea to an individual or audience who you did not know and of who were potentially hostile in order to persuade them to a particular point of view. How did you present the idea, how did you feel when you faced challenges and how did you respond to those challenges and what was the outcome of your presentation.
3. Please describe how you have developed and built effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders in your current/previous roles. What did you do to establish those relationships, how have you gone about maintaining them and how have you used those relationships to support effective business outcomes.

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