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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  Salary starting from £38,000 plus excellent benefi

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Career Area:  Sales, Communications & Marketing

External Communications Manager

Somerset, Permanent, Salary starting from £38,000 plus excellent benefits

Closing date: Wednesday 3rd March
Interview date: Week commencing 8th March

The Opportunity

EDF, one of the country’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, is looking for a creative and experienced professional to join the media and political stakeholder relations team at the Hinkley Point C power station project in Somerset, working with the Senior External Communications Manager and the wider communications team at Hinkley Point C and EDF.

This role forms part of a team which works flexibly across disciplines and projects, pulling together the best available expertise in a collaborative and supportive environment. As an External Communications Manager, you may find yourself leading communications projects and plans for a range of topics and you will be an expert in media relations as well as public affairs, with the ability to work across a range of communications activities including digital communications.

Key relationships will include senior managers and leaders within the assigned business/regional area as well as colleagues in the wider Hinkley Point C and EDF communications team. You will escalate issues as appropriate to the Senior External Communications Managers or the Head of Hinkley Point C Communications and will make recommendations and suggest solutions on communications issues. 

Day to day you will:

  • Deliver and create a strategic external communications plan aligned to the priorities of Hinkley Point C.
  • Commission and create content for publication via a range of external channels (e.g. EDF newsroom and digital channels) plus approve station newsletters.
  • Work with the business to identify and escalate Hinkley Point C issues.
  • Organise exercises, training of spokespeople and liaison with responding agencies, playing a key role in emergency planning.
  • Participation in the out of hours duty press office rota providing a 24-hour on-call media response ( week in ten approx on out of hours press rota).
  • Provide media relations support and maintain excellent relations with the national, regional and local media.
  • Communicate to political stakeholders at all levels from national to local.
  • Create and publish content about Hinkley Point C for digital and media audiences.
  • Be a key contact for leaders on issues covering media relations and public affairs.

The Person


  • Collaborative: An effective collaborator and networker with the ability to build relationships at all levels with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Influential: Ability to influence and manage complex relationships in a large organisation.
  • Innovative: Ability to think outside the box with a continuous improvement mind-set.
  • Organised: Calm and focussed approach with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, making effective decisions according to circumstances.
  • Knowledgeable: In depth knowledge of the UK political process and excellent contacts in politics.

The Skills


  • Media handling experience and able to demonstrate an interest in media.
  • Evidence of external experience and interest in UK politics.
  • Demonstrated success in the organisation and delivery of successful media and public affairs activities and events for a complex organisation.
  • Ability to commission and publish content in media and digital channels.
  • Energy experience helpful, but not mandatory.
  • Experience of coaching and mentoring.

Competitive Salary and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn a bonus.  

Please let us know if you require flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application.  We’re happy to talk flex in line with the requirements of this opportunity.

Why EDF?


At EDF, everyone’s welcome. It’s a powerful statement of our intent to make sure we’re about the people who work with us – a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that’s vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.

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