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FULL_TIME 2024-06-20 00:00:00 2024-06-14

Communications and Operations Manager | Ref: PSR0040313

Reading | Marketing & communications | Start: ASAP | Duration: 12 months+

Posted 1 month ago

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Communications & Operations Manager

Inside IR35

Contract Term: 18 months

Contracting Authority: AWE

Location: Hybrid (2-3 days rom Aldermaston, remainder WFH/Remote)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this role, all applicants must hold active SC (or higher) security clearance, and be eligible for DV clearance)


What if you could work on something that you can’t test… but cannot afford to fail? Something that could have spent years on a submarine, is launched into outer space (where the temperature is below -250c), comes hurtling through the atmosphere, being heated up and shaken and then must work? Some challenge.

That’s exactly what the team of over 6,500 people at AWE do every day: delivering important work, in support of the most important mission – keeping the nation safe.

AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Their role in nuclear deterrence and their specialist technical assistance to nuclear threat reduction is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK. Working to support the defence of our country, AWE has a clear mission: to keep everyone, the environment, their products and information, sites, and everything around them, safe and secure.

The role key accountabilities are as follows:

  • Support the development and implementation of strategies and plans to enable the delivery of effective business operations, capabilities, and services.
  • The enduring delivery, measurement and monitoring of business operations, capabilities, and services to ensure maturity and improvements are achieved.
  • The delivery of continuous improvement, innovation and change management to ensure that the Business Area is recognised for developing and applying best practice across the enterprise.
  • Support the growth of academic, professional and industry relationships with AWE’s key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that strategic alignment is achieved.
  • Develop and manage the change, communication, and engagement approach to support the Business Unit, in accordance with corporate strategies and business objectives.
  • Lead, coach and develop a team at a local level, where required, to deliver team and personal objectives safely and securely to meet our operational plans.
  • Deliver assigned projects in accordance with requirements, operational constraints, time, cost and quality.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security, and quality and be a great team player.


As a Communications and Operations Manager your main responsibilities will be: 

  • To manage business operations, ensuring effective Governance within the Business Area, with a focus on compliance and reporting.
  • The management of stakeholder relationships both within the business unit and wider enterprise
  • The management of business operations resources (people, plant and cost).
  • To lead the planning of tasks/projects and the subsequent delivery to time, cost and quality.
  • To lead, support and initiate day to day business operations, improvements and changes in line with the business operations strategy.
  • To lead, initiate and perform risk and opportunity identification and subsequent actions.



  • A proactive, results oriented approach to communications planning and delivery.
  • Good written communication skills for use across a wide selection of communications channels.
  • Passionate about conveying clear messages and calls to action adapted for neuro-diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrable listening and questioning skills - able to get to the source of information and interpret, in plain English, appropriately to chosen audiences.
  • A proficient project/campaign coordinator and effective influencer.
  • Experience in utilising the most appropriate mix of channels to ensure a positive outcome to communication activities.
  • A positive self-starter and able to work well operating as part of a team.
  • Experience in managing and/or coordinating internal and external events.
  • The ability to analyse, and interpret charts, spreadsheets, and schedules.
  • Comfortable working collaboratively with team members, taking account of different abilities and workloads.
  • Committed to translating strategy into operational reality, with excellent skills in making sense of complexity.
  • You can demonstrate tenacity and resilience professionally when working in a pressurised and fast paced changing environment.
  • Experience of working in a project, programme or portfolio environment.
  • Experience of change management.


If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply or get in touch with Paula.Sloan@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk



AWE’s ambition is to create workplaces that recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and where people feel able to be themselves at work. They strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants.

Disability confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, AWE guarantees to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.


Armed Forces Covenant  

AWE guarantees to interview veterans or spouses / partners of military personnel who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of ex-military candidates / military spouses or partners, who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.


If you qualify for the above, please notify us on PSRapplications@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk.

We will be in touch to discuss your suitability and arrange your Guaranteed Interview.

Should you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the recruitment process or if there is a more accessible way for us to communicate, please do let me know.


In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following “this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.


Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not Overseas.

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