Colleague Engagement Business Partner (fixed term contract)

Colleague Engagement Business Partner (fixed term contract)

We are seeing a Colleague Engagement Business Partner to join our People Operations department on a fixed-term basis.

Colleague Engagement Business Partner (fixed term contract)

Location:  UK, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Role

The Colleague Engagement Business Partner will be accountable for key aspects of colleague communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) during a period of maternity leave.

Working with internal stakeholders at all levels to implement consistent internal communications via a variety of channels across the Group, the role will be accountable for providing best practice communications advice and counsel during a time of significant change.  From a Corporate Social Responsibility perspective, the role will also have focus on continuing the implementation of our CSR strategy, working with colleagues and external bodies to drive activities and initiatives that have a positive impact on our people and local communities.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with a range of stakeholders, from Senior Executive to front-line colleagues, develop and flawlessly execute internal communications plans and activities across the Group;
  • Responsible for creating content, designing initiatives, events and programmes that bring our strategy to life for colleagues;
  • Plan, manage and deliver communications for specific company-wide initiatives;
  • To advocate the critical business importance of effective internal communications and support the consistent use of the brand;
  • Writing a variety of communications including business announcements, executive messages, Q&A documents, speeches, scripts, articles and blogs;
  • Managing and maintaining existing internal communications channels;
  • Execute on plans, projects and initiatives that further embed of CSR strategy;
  • Maintain a network of local charities and relevant external bodies with shared objectives, cultural and environmental aims;
  • Promote CSR at Utilitywise internally and externally through a variety of channels such as social media and various events;
  • Coordinate and lead all community relations initiatives, for example our volunteer programme;
  • Support the wider People Operations team with the further embedding of our mental health first-aiders.

Experience

Essential

  • Previous, proven experience of strategic internal communications in a corporate organisation at a senior level;
  • Proven experience working with senior stakeholders, crafting and implementing communication plans;
  • Experience of building strong relationships and influencing senior stakeholders;
  • A solid understanding of CSR;
  • Business copy-writing for a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent IT skills including PowerPoint and Excel.

Desirable

  • Experience of strategic employee engagement, Human Resources would be an advantage but is not essential;
  • Experience of engaging audiences through social media;
  • Understanding and experience of community volunteering;
  • Change management knowledge.

Personal Qualities, Aptitudes, and Skills

  • Excellent stakeholder management;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and high pressured environment;
  • Attention to detail and quality focus.

Additional information

  • Proof of eligibility to work within the UK;
  • References to cover last 5 years’ employment.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering email to recruitment@utilitywise.com.

The Company

Utilitywise is a high paced, high growth business that exists to support businesses of all shapes and sizes with their utility needs, be they simple or complex, by connecting our customers with the very best products and services in the market. Over the past ten years, Utilitywise has grown from a fledgling business to one that now supports tens of thousands of businesses across the UK and Ireland, and into Europe. From simply securing a great energy deals via our unrivalled relationships with suppliers, through to intelligent technology solutions, compliance expertise and innovative procurement services we can help businesses to save time, effort and money so they can focus on doing what they do best.

Our mission never stops however, and we are constantly exploring new ways to grow our business and deliver for customers with unique and differentiated propositions and channels.

The Group operates from its headquarters at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside and currently employs approximately 1,600 staff across its operations.

Utilitywise was founded in 2006 as an energy procurement service provider for UK businesses. It has since grown and is now an established independent energy procurement and energy management business, it listed on the AIM market in 2012.

The Company negotiates rates with energy suppliers on behalf of business customers, provides an account care service and offers a range of products and services designed to help customers manage their energy consumption. Customers are based throughout the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, across a variety of industry sectors and the public sector, and range in size from small single site customers to large multi-site customers. In total Utilitywise has c.38,000 customers split across the two divisions; enterprise and corporate.

The Group has achieved strong revenue growth to date, seeing revenues rise from £11.7m in the financial year ended 31 July 2011 to £84.5m at financial year end July 2016. This is a result of strong like-for-like growth and the acquisitions of Clouds Environmental Consultancy, Aqua Veritas Consulting, Energy Information Centre and t-mac Technologies. Adjusted profit before tax rose from £16.7m in 2015 to £18.3m in 2016. Utilitywise has enjoyed in excess of 20% revenue growth year on year.

As the Group seeks to expand further, it has strengthened its already robust management team with the appointments of Brendan Flattery as CEO in October 2016 and the appointment of Richard Laker as CFO in January 2017.

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