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Communications Officer



Marketing & Communications
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Please Note: The deadline for applying is 23.59 the day before the job posting end date.

JOB TITLE Communications Officer


REPORTS TO: Assistant Director

SALARY: From £38,000 plus (depending on experience)

WORKING PATTERN: Hybrid working with 2 days a week in the Office


The Leverhulme Trust is a charity that supports ambitious blue skies research. Awarding between £100–120 million annually, the Trust is amongst the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, primarily in the university sector. The Trust’s income comes from an endowment; we do not fundraise.


The Trust currently undertakes various communication activities to promote its grant schemes and showcase the research it funds. It maintains an accessible and informative website, promotes its schemes and grantees on X (previously Twitter), produces high-quality print publications (Annual Review, Newsletters, etc.), hosts several high-profile events annually and maintains a database of key stakeholders with whom it interacts.

This role will have responsibility for developing digital assets, managing the Trust’s web presence, and leading on particular strands of social media activity.


  • Assist with developing and delivering the Trust’s communications strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with Trust staff and grant holders to write, edit and proofread a range of communication materials.
  • Develop and commission digital assets and messaging for key digital channels, including creative audio and visual communications such as podcasts and short films.
  • Develop, collate, and update online content, including the website and social media channels.
  • Plan and organise virtual and live events as part of the communications strategy.
  • Assist with the evaluation and monitoring of communications activities, analysing the results to inform future strategy.
  • Manage the advertising and email marketing campaigns.
  • Identify and maintain a database of key stakeholders, providing timely and relevant information to them as appropriate
  • Generate lists and reports from the grants management system to be used in publicity material.
  • Contribute to any other activities directly linked to communications-related tasks.


External: liaise with grant holders, designers, printers, advertising agencies, the press and university administrative staff.

Internal: close contact with Trust staff at all levels regarding communication-related tasks. Close liaison with the Director on communications strategy.


  • Educated to degree level, highly IT literate.
  • Communications experience in print, digital and social media
  • Experience in using social media tools effectively for outreach and engagement.
  • Proven experience in producing effective web content.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail, with a proven ability to communicate complex concepts to a non-specialist audience.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, taking initiative when necessary and prioritising effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in working with a range of computer-based and online applications, including website content management systems.
  • Competence in the design and production of communications and marketing materials for print and presentations
  • Experience, or willingness, to develop and coordinate audio and visual media (podcasts, films)

The following would be desirable:

  • Background in science or research communications


  • Good team working skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Effective time management skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines.
  • Able to liaise effectively and confidently with people at all levels.
  • Ability to translate creative ideas into a practical approach.
  • A proactive, friendly and flexible approach


Unilever supports the Trust in its human resources operations. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

What We Offer

Competitive salary plus generous additional linked benefits.

Diversity and inclusion are central to the Trust. Diversity is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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