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Communications Manager

  • Post Date:17th January 2020
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Job Description

Job Title: Communications Manager
Reporting to:Head of Communications
Location:London / Wallasey
Employment type:Full time
Benefits:Competitive package, including pension and flexible working

Deadline for submissions: Monday 10 February 2020


The Communications department is responsible for representing the internal and external messaging of maritime trade Union Nautilus International. 


The Communications Manager will be responsible for shaping and directing Nautilus International’s daily content output and helping to drive our Communications Strategy. The Communications Manager will manage, commission, write and sub-edit professional content for all the Union’s publications, online, on social and in print as required.

This role requires a high level of up-to-date maritime industry knowledge, competency in knowing what the hottest topics are at any time and how Nautilus’ strategic aims can help shape the discussion. It requires a creative thinker who is tenacious in their ability to drive the story, with a clear Union angle, and publish to a consistently high standard. The Communications Manager will work closely with communications and campaigns teams to ensure consistency of messaging across all Union output.

This role would suit a communications specialist, PR professional or journalist who wishes to grow into a more diverse role. It requires considerable out-of-hours work, some domestic and international travel, and a keen involvement with the Maritime Industry. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Research, pitch, commission and write daily online and print content in line with the Union’s Strategy and with accuracy, flow, and to deadline
  • Monitor and use multimedia, nonlinear and alternative storytelling strategies to support Strategic objectives and widen membership base (including video, podcast, social, and live events)
  • Coordinate with colleagues across the Union and its charitable arm to define content priorities
  • Monitor all emails and feeds from Nautilus colleagues, news bureaus and other agencies for editing and further publication
  • Edit contributions for all Nautilus communications submitted by colleagues and external contributors
  • Oversee adherence to house style across Union communications and provide advice and training to colleagues
  • Lay out, proof read and amend all communications including Nautilus Telegraph print pages as required
  • Write, edit and upload new and amended webpages as required
  • Attend and report on industry events in the UK and abroad
  • Attend and report on Nautilus Council, General and other meetings as required
  • Prepare reports for, and presentations to, the Head of Communications
  • Mentor and train other communications staff, including interns
  • Perform any other duty as directed by the Head of Communications and / or General Secretary

Required Skills and Experience

  • Graduate level (or equivalent) education or training and/or significant proven experience in PR, communications or journalism
  • Interest/experience in trade unions
  • Knowledge of, experience, or interest in the maritime industry
  • Demonstrable evidence of successfully leading content teams
  • Experience of commissioning, writing and editing outstanding content
  • Proven ability to use current digital and other communications channels for content creation and promotion, including content management systems (CMS)
  • Self-sufficient with IT skills (Outlook, Word, Excel etc)
  • Strong copywriting and research skills
  • Flexibility with team skills to work in multiple team environments
  • Strong organising, project management and business planning skills
  • Proactive, forward thinking and able to take responsibility across an organisation efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels including at executive level

Deadline for applications: Monday 10 February 2020

To apply:

For further information please contact Nautilus International Head of HR Heather Wood

Nautilus International is the trade union and professional organisation for maritime professionals at sea and ashore. We represent 20,000 maritime professionals including ship masters (captains), officers, officer trainees (cadets) and shipping industry personnel, such as ship pilots, inland navigation workers, vessel traffic services operators (similar to air traffic control), harbourmasters, seafarers in the oil and gas industry, and shore-based staff. Nautilus International is an equal opportunity employer.