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External Affairs Advisor

Posted 20 Sep 2022
Work experience
2 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
£40,000 - £50,000 per year
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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The plan to power our nation sustainably. We at National Grid are responsible for delivering energy to millions of homes and businesses in the UK. Every time you plug in your phone or flick a light switch, we’ve played a part.

National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) are seeking External Affairs Advisors to develop and manage the day-to-day implementation of stakeholder and engagement strategies for electricity transmission infrastructure projects, that will help connect clean, green power to people’s homes and businesses.

You will:

  • Assess the effectiveness of our strategic approach to project communications and regional engagement, identifying and recommending our approach, working in company with the wider project team.
  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective and efficient communications content across multiple channels to meet projects’ needs to time and budget, working with community relations agencies where appointed.
  • Provide and coordinate a route for projects’ day-to-day complaints management process, escalating issues where guidance and advice is required at a corporate level.
  • Work with the regional external affairs manager and National Grid’s corporate teams, as a point of contact to help coordinate responses to media and stakeholder queries.
  • Liaise with the corporate team to coordinate project updates to internal audiences and, where appropriate, feed into briefings for wider external National Grid stakeholders - ensuring project teams are aware of corporate-level issues that could influence project communications’ activities

Our roles are hybrid, with our projects based across England and Wales. We have roles that will support projects in the North-East, East Anglia and wider London/South-East, and Wales (Welsh speaker highly desirable). Some travel will be required to these areas.

About you

  • Highly articulate with very strong written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Experience of preparing communications material for print, broadcast and social media, including web content
  • An understanding of external factors which impact the development of infrastructure projects
  • Knowledge of the energy sector would be an advantage, as would a good understanding of the planning process and how this influences community engagement
  • Track record of stakeholder, community and media engagement, and effectively managing relationships with contractors and suppliers

What you'll get

  • A salary of £40,000 - £50,000 dependant on capability
  • Annual Performance Based Bonus
  • 37-hour week, with hybrid working model between home, office and project sites (as required)
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing to 26 after two years’ service) plus eight statutory days
  • The option to buy additional or sell holiday days
  • Generous contributory pension scheme - we will double-match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%
  • Financial support to help cover the cost of professional membership subscriptions, course fees, books, exam fees and time off for study leave – so long as it’s relevant to your role
  • Access to several flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few
  • Family care benefits including a back-up care service for when your usual care arrangements fall through (six paid days each year as standard with the option to purchase further days)
  • Access to a numerous apps which support health, fitness and wellbeing

National Grid is one of the world's largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.

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