Chief Communications Officer

  • Location: London/Hybrid
  • Salary: £six figure salary plus benefits
  • Ref: GH-2405-9453
  • 2024-06-11T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

Join a world class organisation that is changing business, changing lives, creating profound impact.

London Business School is one of the world’s leading business schools. It is consistently ranked in the global top ten for MBA programmes and is widely acknowledged as a centre for outstanding research. As well as its top-ranked, full-time MBA, the School offers award-winning executive education programmes to organisations and their people from around the world. Based in two of the world’s most dynamic cities, London and Dubai, it is where extraordinary minds and diverse perspectives connect to have a profound impact on the way the world does business and the way business impacts the world.

Later this year Professor Sergei Guriev will take up the Deanship of the School. The Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is a member of the senior management team.   

The opportunity:

As a member of the Dean’s Senior Management Team, the CCO will deliver an integrated and comprehensive communications strategy to raise the School’s national and international profile.  The CCO will deliver communications and events that attract, inspire, and connect with its audiences. 

Main responsibilities include:

Leading communications (internal and external), public relations, public affairs, events, community engagement, and editorial planning and acting as a sponsor of change, the CCO will be responsible for:

  • Strategic Counsel - Provide advice and counsel on strategic communications, public affairs, and reputation management to the Dean and the School’s leadership, ensuring consistent messaging to, and engagement with, external and internal audiences.
  • Strategy and Planning - Develop and implement plans to deliver strategic communications, high quality events, community engagement, key elements of the Five-Year Plan, and the sustainability strategy, collaborating with and sharing expertise with all departments.
  • Leadership - Influence the strategic direction of the School, providing visible leadership as a powerful advocate.
  • Change Management - Champion change across the School by acting as a sponsor and by modelling the expected behaviours to win hearts and minds.
  • People - Promote a culture where staff can belong and thrive.

Required skills, experience, and abilities include: 

  • Executive Committee or Senior Management Team experience in a complex, global or international organisation.
  • A track record of effective C-suite counsel, strategic communications, and delivery within a complex organisation with multiple competing demands.
  • Deep knowledge of the legislative, regulatory and standards environment.
  • A non-hierarchical leader with strong influencing and stakeholder management skills, able to influence other senior leaders and sustain internal relationships at all levels.
  • Experience of leading organisation-wide business change or transformation programmes, including the engagement of employees and stakeholders.
  • Significant people management experience with experience of leading a multi-disciplined workforce.

This important leadership role is a rare opportunity to shape the voice and influence of a world class organisation.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB)

London Business School is a globally reaching institution, committed to creating tangible and sustainable change in driving inclusion and belonging within our School, education, and society at large. 

We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone in our community feels they belong and thrive. This is a key School priority, and we want everyone who joins London Business School to feel respected, welcomed, and heard.

We need your help to enable us to assess how we are doing, but filling in this form is voluntary. The information provided will be kept confidential and will be used exclusively for monitoring purposes. Please download and complete our Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form, thank you.

How to apply:
For more information, please consult the detailed Candidate Pack and then apply via the ‘Apply for this Position’ button.

Please note that the deadline for applications is noon on 13th June 2024.

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