Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

Senior Digital & Social Specialist

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) also use Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have an AWEsome opportunity for a dynamic and innovative Senior Digital and Social Media Specialist to join Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

This is an exciting time to join Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) as a Senior Digital and Social Media Specialist as Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) begin a once in a generation programme of work in support of the United Kingdom’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent.

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) are located in the countryside between Reading and Basingstoke with onsite parking. There are good bus links between Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury.

Salary: Starts at £42,400 Negotiable (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing – more information available on Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) careers site

As Senior Digital and Social Media Specialist you will provide overall leadership, strategy and direction for the AWE external website and other social channels. This is a genuinely exciting time to join as Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) enhance Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) digital channels to communicate and engage with a range of different audiences. A dynamic and proactive approach will be needed, and you will have overall oversight for the way Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) use digital and social media to tell the AWE story.

A typical day for a Senior Digital and Social Media Specialist could look like this:

  • Developing and leading a digital communications strategy aligned to the AWE business plan and Corporate Affairs campaigns
  • Facilitating best practice on the AWE website and digital channels
  • Acting as head of profession for web and digital, mentoring and supporting communications colleagues involved in devising and delivering appropriate content
  • Continually monitoring and evaluating industry best practice, providing advice and counsel on how AWE can maximise potential opportunities
  • Providing overall counsel on the website and digital channels, overseeing content planning and delivery with campaign leads and the Corporate Affairs Leadership team
  • Heading the development and implementation of an effective evaluation and measurement system to continually assess the performance of the website and digital channels
  • Owning and influencing relationships with appropriate partners involved in the management of the website and digital channels

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) need you to have experience of:

  • A background in digital and social media
  • Delivering a winning social media strategy
  • Coaching people to create effective and engaging content
  • Industry peer analysis to achieve goals and instil best practice

You must be willing and able to obtain and maintain Security Clearance (funded by Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)) in order to start with Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in this role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.

This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

Closing date: 9th June 23

If Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) receive an exceptionally high level of applications, this vacancy may close early. So don’t prevaricate, get your CV updated and apply now!

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Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) ambition is to create workplaces where Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) employees feel able to be themselves at work. Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.

Contract: Full Time
Salary: £42,400 Per year
Region: North West England
Location: Reading RG7 4PR
Closing date: June/9/2023
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