Senior Communications Manager


12th November 2019

Unit:Academic Services
Salary:£41,526 to £49,553
Location:Milton Keynes
Closing date:12 November, 2019 - 12:00


The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.


The role  

This is an exciting opportunity to join Academic Services as it enters a new phase of its organizational structure.

As the Senior Internal Communications Manager, you will play a key role in leading and delivering the Academic Services communications strategy to inform and engage stakeholders both within Academic Services and across the university.

Working closely with the Academic Services Senior Team and the University Leadership and Change Communications team, you will advise on and develop communication plans for ongoing strategic change initiatives ensuring that these motivate, inspire, inform and engage colleagues. You will also lead the day-to-day running and delivery of Internal Communications and Engagement within Academic Services.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate significant communications and engagement expertise, has a strong record of achievement and who can balance the needs of their stakeholders alongside organisational need and priority. Working on several projects and responsibilities at any one time, you will need a flexible and creative approach to problem solving, particularly where there are time pressures.


Skills and experience

Do you have experience of designing and implementing effective communications plans in large organisations?

Do you have knowledge of how different communication approaches impact on the delivery of objectives, and when and how to use different methods to their best effect?

Do you have a customer focused approach to work?

Can you deliver to agreed timescales and briefs, working both as part of a team and on your own initiative?


What you get in return

On top of a competitive salary and pension scheme, we offer many staff benefits including generous leave allowance, flexible working, fee waiver for all OU courses and qualifications, childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work scheme and secure bike parking, free on-site car parking, on-site nurseries, and many different sports and leisure clubs offering discounts and other benefits.

The position is based at the OU’s Milton Keynes campus, in easy reach of Milton Keynes Central railway station (32 minutes from London Euston) and the M1 and A5.


For more information and to apply, please click here.


This is a fixed term contract from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2021


If you have any questions, please contact the Resourcing Hub by email


Please note: If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest and encourage you to apply for future positions