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Title Corporate Editor / Copywriter
Ref HE/3415
Directorate Communications
Preferred Location Birmingham or Guildford
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 09 Jun 2017

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

Highways England is currently recruiting for a Corporate Editor to be based in either Birmingham or Guildford office.

To research and execute high-quality copy for a wide range of corporate channels, including publications; features for the website, speeches  andcorporate presentations. Take ownership of the tone of voice style guidelines; deliver advice, training and guidance on appropriate application of the style guide. Work with the corporate communications business partners to deliver high quality targeted corporate communications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Research topics and execute high-quality copy and content (features, opinions, profiles etc.) for a wide range of corporate channels, both online and in print
  • Produce content for corporate publications
  • Personally take editorial responsibility for a number of Highways England’s publications (Business Plan, Annual Report and Roads Investment Strategy and other strategic documents)
  • Seek reader feedback, and routinely feed into the development of publications and communications campaign commissions
  • Draft corporate announcements, policy and strategy documents, speeches and presentations. Working closely with other communications colleagues and senior management from across the wider business to ensure the consistent presentation of key messages
  • Take ownership for refreshing, updating and continuous rationalisation of Highways England’s tone of voice and writing style guide, advising internal stakeholders and supply chain on their application
  • Support the corporate story and develop content that delivers company objectives
  • Ensure that the company’s tone of voice is implemented consistently across all corporate communications. Lead workshops and informal training on tone of voice for colleagues across Highways England, empowering them to be confident when communicating about the company to an external audience
  • Work with digital communications colleagues to ensure an integrated and timely approach to communications across digital channels. 
  • Contribute to the wider reputation management of the company handling sensitive issues (and when required, becoming part of the crisis communications team), supporting the work of the press office, internal communications, community relations and public affairs

About you:

  • Extensive experience of business writing
  • Experience working in an internal or external communications role
  • Proven experience of delivering written communications and editorial services for a range of audiences
  • Experience of delivering written communications for digital and print channels
  • Relevant professional communications qualification or education to degree standard in English Language or English Literature

So we can really get to know you and what you can offer please include a CV with your application.

You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements.

We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible

Help keep England moving. We look forward to hearing from you.

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