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Internal Communications and People Engagement Manager

Date: 16-Mar-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

This role is responsible for delivering the UKD Internal Communications and People Engagement strategy to ensure coherent and consistent messaging and activity, reinforcing the sector’s focus on continuous improvement of the employee experience, supporting our cultural development with our values and behaviours at the heart.

Reporting to the People Director and working closely with the Chief Executive and a range of senior stakeholders to inform and shape the internal communications and people engagement approach. Through specialist knowledge and experience, this role will support the UK Defence Sector in the creation of meaningful employee experiences driving belonging, inclusion, engagement, wellbeing and retention.   

This individual is accountable for the delivery of employee communications across a variety of channels and ensuring full integration and coherence with the broader UK Defence marketing and communications function and alignment with the QinetiQ Group Strategy.  Strong relationships and interfaces with the UK Defence Marketing & Communications team along with the QinetiQ Group Communications Team are essential to shape, embed and champion QinetiQ’s group-wide approach. 


Key Accountabilities

  1. the design of an Internal Communications and People Engagement strategy for the sector which inspires and engages employees
  2. Provide specialist insight and knowledge to the People Director and broader business stakeholders on internal communications and people engagement best practice and latest trends
  3. Manage Sector internal communications channels, messaging and content for key information and announcements
  4. Plan, manage & deliver key events, both virtually and in-person. This includes, but is not limited to, QTalks, Employee Roadshows, Leadership Conferences and other people-focused forums and interventions
  5. Collaborate with the sector leadership team to create engaging and creative content for a wide variety of internal communication channels
  6. Ensure all content, messaging and collateral aligns to the QinetiQ narrative and represents the brand in the most effective way to connect our people to our purpose, vision and values
  7. Work in partnership with the People Director and the broader People Function to support the design of our Sector people and engagement strategy
  8. Measure and analyse the impact and effectiveness of all communications activities to inform future plans and engagement
  9. Deliver QinetiQ Group internal communication campaigns and activities within the Sector to create awareness and understanding
  10. Partner with the sector and Group Marketing and Communications teams to leverage opportunities to promote and enhance our employer reputation and brand both internally and externally
  11. Keep up-to-date with the latest trends and best practice in employee communications to continuously improve engagement


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  • Ability to effectively manage, and execute multiple projects; with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A passion for communications and people engagement, with a keen interest in new technologies, platforms and channels
  • Excellent communicator and creative thinker, with an ability to use both data and intuition to inform decisions
  • Able to build relationships and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Writes in a clear and concise manner, using appropriate grammar, style and language to create meaningful content
  • Willing to learn and develop in complex stakeholder environments with a strong desire to understand how the business works and generates revenue
  • Thrives in environments where there is a high need for collaboration and team work and where working at pace is a key requirement


Experience & Qualifications

  • Depth of experience in communications, particularly within employee communications
  • Experience of successful delivery in multi- stakeholder environments, with good relationship management skills
  • Experience of editing and updating intranet/web content and analysing web analytics
  • Experience in delivering events both virtually and in-person
  • Strong commercial focus
  • Experience of working with senior leaders


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.