United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Communications Manager – One position (London, with travel)

Organization: Adam Smith International
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 25 Feb 2017

Adam Smith International is seeking a Senior Communications Manager. The role is based in Adam Smith International’s London headquarters with regular travel to project locations.

We are looking for someone with a diverse skillset and international expertise in media, journalism and/or public affairs.

The Senior Manager will work closely with the corporate communications team, regional communication advisers and project team leaders. The Senior Manager will supervise a Communications Manager and act as Head of Communications when needed.


Adam Smith International is a global leader in delivering projects that support economic growth and government reform. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments.

We are headquartered in London, with offices in Nairobi, Delhi and Sydney, along with major project offices in many developing countries worldwide. Our projects are funded by a wide range of donor organisations; we also work directly for host governments.


  • Play a leading role in establishing external corporate relations for Adam Smith International, including media engagement and public affairs;

  • Take a leading role in managing strategic communication to grow the Company’s brand;

  • Develop and maintain solid relationships with company spokespersons, journalists, politicians and other key stakeholders;

  • Manage and mentor members of the communications team.

  • Dealing with the press and ensuring enquires are handled in an appropriate manner;

Selection criteria

  • At least eight years’ experience working in communications with strong media relations and public affairs expertise.

  • Previous experience and a deep understanding of international development;

  • Have strong media handling experience in both proactive and reactive press work;

  • Exceptional, proven writing skills and the ability to summarise and repackage technical information in clear, compelling language;

  • Ability to write accurate, newsworthy and compelling content that will include a mix of hard news, analysis, features, expert interviews, videos, photo essays, timelines, case studies, graphics and social media content;

  • Ability to engage with a diversity of audiences – target communities, donors and senior government decision makers.


  • Excellent, proven written communication skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks appropriately;
  • Hard-working, pro-active, adaptable and enthusiastic;
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability;
  • Effective people management skills;
  • Computer literate in Microsoft packages. Knowledge of Adobe products is a distinct advantage;
  • Fluency in English is essential and either French or Arabic is desirable.

Duration and timing

The Senior Communications Manager position is a permanent position. We offer our permanent employees an attractive compensation package which is fair and highly competitive. Pay structures are evaluated annually and take account of external market analysis. We ensure internal equity through a robust performance management approach, focused on meritocracy.

We also enhance our compensation package with a comprehensive package of benefits focused on your health and well-being, including a suite of insurances, holiday entitlement and pension options.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and short cover email, highlighting relevant experience and expertise, and availability, with the subject line: Senior Communications Manager (London) in our current opportunities tab at www.adamsmithinternational.com . Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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