Senior External Communications Manager

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Communications and PR
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: C.£55,000 (depending on experience)

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Senior External Communications Manager

Location: Northampton

Career level: Managers and Experts (SM1)

Salary: C.£55,000 + excellent benefits (depending on experience)


You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare


A top 20 UK charity, St Andrew’s that transforms the lives of people experiencing complex mental health illnesses or disorders by providing specialist secure mental healthcare.  We aspire to deliver truly world class, holistic services within our outstanding, modern facilities.  We also have a responsibility, as a charity, to educate the next generation of professionals and to innovate, researching new treatments, therapies and environments to achieve better outcomes for our patients.


Our independence means we can always put patients’ interests at the heart of decision making, while re-investing surpluses in frontline services.  We are currently transforming the Charity and have introduced Integrated Practice Units (IPUs) as the vehicle to deliver ‘Value Based Healthcare’.  This will ensure our patients consistently achieve the best possible outcomes and local teams gain more control and responsibility.


The role


This role will have overall responsibility for enhancing our reputation as a charity that transforms the lives of people who are experiencing a mental illness or disorder and as a first class centre of education and innovation.   


As Senior External Communications Manager you will head up all external communications for the charity and will report directly to the Director of Communications.  You will take overall responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive external communication and media relations strategy and plan, ensuring alignment with St Andrew’s strategic goals and the overall communication strategy.


Working closely with the External Communications Manager, you will maximise the use of internal research and thought leadership to offer compelling insights, enabling the charity to leverage this with external stakeholders.


You will also use multiple channels, including social media, to enhance St Andrew’s reputation, integrating this with internal communication activities.


Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key journalists in appropriate media will be key. You will act as a spokesperson for the charity where necessary as well as supporting, developing and guiding the external communication media skills of the Executive team and other senior internal stakeholders.


About you


We’re looking for a communications expert with significant experience of leading and producing proactive and reactive external communications. You will need strong experience in managing communications across all media channels and a proven track record of establishing working relationships with key media editors and journalists at both a national and local level.


You will have a strong track record of influencing and building collaborative partnerships with senior internal stakeholders.  You will need to demonstrate an ability to measure success in the service you provide. This is a challenging and highly visible role that will require high levels of resilience, flexibility and drive for results and will suit someone looking for real career development and progression.




If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here. If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Tom Bingham, Director of Communications on 01604 872 836 or


Closing date: 31st March 2019