The Cobalt Institute (CI) is committed to promoting the responsible and sustainable sourcing and use of cobalt globally. A key part of the Institute’s role is to communicate their work and views to a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally. In order to further drive forward communications and increased external engagement, we are assisting CI in recruiting a (Senior) Communications Manager.
Based in Brussels the Manager will work with the President and the wider team to position the CI and its programs as driving positive change to the benefit of its members and the wider industry.
Reporting to the Senior Manager – Government and Public Affairs, the (Senior) Communications Manager is going to lead on CI’s communications activities by:
· Overseeing the internal and external communications of the CI. Helping to design and implement a cohesive communication strategy;
· Developing internal communications, by creating internal communications plans for both staff and membership to deliver communications goals throughout the organisation;
· Controlling the flow of information between the organisation and the public and ensuring consistency with the communications strategy;
· Managing media relations;
· Ensuring quality control of all information released by the organisation and its consistency with the overall organisation strategy. Overseeing all content production, supervising the preparation and dissemination of promotional materials;
· Managing digital and social media channels;
· Supervising the work of external agencies;
· Overseeing the development of the crisis communications plan;
· Conducting analyses on the annual communications plan, goals and strategies; and
· Managing the communications budget and allocating appropriate resources in all communications activities/projects.
The role requires an experienced, dedicated, responsible and supportive professional who is able to proactively advise the CI and its members towards positive communications outcomes. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills, as well as good interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others are a must.
Key requirements include:
· Proven, extensive experience in the field of (political) communications;
· Master’s degree or equivalent qualifications/experience in a related discipline;
· A knowledge of developing and implementing communications strategies in a political/regulatory context;
· A strongly independent work ethos with the ability to drive and own one’s work;
· Experience in leading communications programs;
· A capacity to identify issues and to deal with them proactively and effectively in order to find consensus, achieve meaningful goals and make positive progress;
· Proven political judgment;
· Highly strategic thinker, and significant experience in developing and driving effective strategies;
· Excellent analytical skills, first-class attention to detail, strong organisational and time management skills;
· Excellent negotiation skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
· Experience of working in an international industry association and providing member services is a major asset;
· Excellent ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. Other languages (French, German, Spanish) are a positive benefit;
· The ability to travel (20-25%).
· Strong growth potential within CI, as well as internal exposure within the industry as well as external exposure among key stakeholders and EU institutions;
· The opportunity to create, shape and own a new role, adapting it to one’s strengths;
· A competitive salary, including a range of perks within the salary package, such as lunch vouchers, a transport subscription, health insurance, a pension scheme, an annual bonus and others.