Head of External Communications (Relocation opportunity)

Head of External Communications (Relocation opportunity)

Ref: JO-2201-109773 | £84000 - £100000 per annum + Tax free, relocation, private medial | Location:London, England | Added:13/01/22

The Company

A leading retail group in the Middle East in looking for a Head of External Communications to join their team to develop and drive all external communications strategy.

With a rich history, they have the rights to some of the world’s leading Fashion, Beauty, Home, Leisure, Food & Beverage brands across the Middle East.

This is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture and provides an amazing opportunity to travel ( across the the GCC meeting key internal stakeholders and external partners in places such as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and more.

This is a relocation opportunity.

The Role

The Head of External Communications will develop the strategy to enhance brand awareness, promoting the group values, positive impact they have across regions and to protect the brand’s corporate reputation. They will work closely with Senior Leaders to ensure any external leadership pieces are aligned with the values.

Day to day duties will include:

  • Develop a Communication Strategies with measurable targets to evaluate the impact of programmes delivered
  • Lead external communications strategy in support of the business’ and reputation management goals
  • Drive the corporate content strategy and overseeing press office comments, and ensure the corporate narrative has been effectively messaged to external stakeholders
  • Guide the strategy of Owned and Earned Media (media, web, Social Media etc…) and ensure it aligns with the Communications Strategy
  • Act as Brand Guardian for the Group, presenting corporate narrative across all channels (media, text, visuals, video, brochures, etc.)
  • Oversee relationships and engagement with PR agencies and monitoring agencies (rates, output, standards)
  • Provide communications thought-leadership in Area of Responsibility (AOR)
  • Protect the brand’s reputation through issues and crisis management
  • Manage direct reports and other team members within matrix-based structure – drive performance and support skills / employee development
  • Ownership of the Budget

The Skills and Experience Required

To be successful in your application for the Head of External Communications, you will have built similar experience within a large corporate Retail environment, or gained significant experience partnering Retailers from a reputable Agency partner.

You will have:

  • 5+ relevant years’ experience, a mix of agency and in-house communications experience preferred
  • Extensive experience leading corporate communications teams and programs
  • Experience working within large complex organizations, ideally multi-brand, multi-geography retail environments
  • Commercially minded and highly experienced in consistently delivering high impact external communications programs and with an ability to coach and drive best practice.
  • Educated to Degree, ideally within communications or related subject
  • Experience in AOR, enhancing brand sentiment, Reputation Management and Crisis Communications


This is a relocation opportunity with a Tax Free salary between £85,000 to £100,000 (£140,000 – £170,000 UK equivalent before tax) and offering benefits such as:

  • Tax Free salary
  • Relocation support
  • Private Medical
  • Life Insurance
  • Schooling (up to 2 children)
  • Discounts from leading brands and retailers
  • Opportunity to travel across the GCC
  • & more

Contact Jay Thandi to find out more about this incredible opportunity.

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