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External Communications Manager

£70k-£80k | London |  Client Services/ Account Handling |  Permanent  | Ref:886580



Adam Walker

Which team do you work in?

Healthcare Communications

Which area do you specialise in?

Advertising, PR and Digital 

How do you keep up-to-date with the issues in your sector?

The best way is to constantly communicate with my candidates, new and old. If something is happening within the industry, candidates are usually the first people to know and voice their opinion.

What's your favourite film and why?

Probably Leon. 12-year-old Natalie Portman learns how to become an assassin from Jean Reno, who has a strange relationship with a potted plant and tries to kill the drug fuelled Gary Oldman. Brilliantly over-the-top.

If you could invent one thing what would it be?

Lightsabers – need I say more?

What makes you #DistinctlyDifferent?

I formed a record label with a few friends at 18, which expanded massively, and went on to host stages at a couple of national festivals. I didn't realise how valuable it was at the time, but networking with key industry figures and musicians was crucial. Our artists quickly grabbed attention and are currently on tour across Europe. As a huge music aficionado, it’s fantastic knowing we’ve pushed them to that level. Looking back, it’s the same in any industry – networking, knowing your industry leaders, and attending national and international events is key.


The Role

External Communications Manager - Pharmaceutical Company - London - £70k-£80k


The Company

Currently working in a PR agency? Or are you looking for your next step within a Pharmaceutical company? A new and unique opportunity has just opened with a leading pharmaceutical company for a Communications Manager, focused on external communications

A top 20 Pharmaceutical company, based in the London area, is currently looking for an External Communications Manager. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone in a Senior position within a Pharmaceutical Company or someone who has a strong PR Agency background seeking a new challenge.

  • Worldwide presence - multiple offices in multiple countries

  • Over 100,000 employees worldwide

  • Consistently rated in the top 20 admired companies by Forbes - covering all industries

  • Vibrant, modern, recently renovated office space


The Role

As an External Communications Manager, you will have previously worked in a healthcare or pharmaceutical environment and be able to demonstrate experience and success in digital and social media campaigns. You will lead the UK communications team, and report into the Public Affairs Head. You will:

  • Manage and lead the UK external communications team, responsible for all external and corporate communications

  • Develop and employ a corporate communication strategy, improving the organisations reputation in the UK

  • Be the designated media contact and spokesperson

  • Develop updates, alerts and briefing documents for Management and other senior leadership on breaking news

  • Work alongside the Government Affairs team



As a successful and proven External Communications Manager, you must have:

  • Experience working as a Senior Manager within communications

  • External Communications experience

  • Experience leading, coaching and managing a communications team

  • Substantial knowledge of Digital and Social Media outlets

  • Experience working directly with clients and managing multiple accounts

  • Whilst it is not an essential factor, having previous experience within a PR or Advertising Agency would be advantageous.


What should you do next?

This External Communications Manager role is a great opportunity with a leading pharmaceutical company and will not be around for long. If you are unsure and need some advice, give me a ring, otherwise just click apply, upload your CV and send, it's really that easy! Unless otherwise stated, if applying for a job within the European Union, you must ensure that you are already authorised to work there.

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