About the role

We’re a lean, agile and important team within the business that is focused on supporting our clients’ corporate communications and public affairs requirements. As one of the sectors largest independent communications agencies for the built environment, we support clients across the space, helping to manage their reputations, raise their profiles and communicate with a range of stakeholders.

We’re looking for a passionate, experienced and organised Associate Director (Corporate Communications), someone who can lead and shape client programmes, generate and pitch for new business and help to guide our client offer and agency marketing.

We work with a range of exciting clients across the built environment, from public sector local authorities who need help communicating their property and housing ambitions through to large, listed companies acquiring assets and progressing development proposals.

Your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Media relations: being a well networked relationship builder, consistently securing coverage in the relevant nationals and trade publications for clients as well as being tuned into relevant podcasts, blogs and more
  • Setting the strategic direction for clients and making sure that content and programmes align with client briefs and objectives
  • Offering relevant reputation management advice to clients, together with other senior team members
  • Supporting and driving our new business strategy by developing industry networks and leading pitches
  • Together with the client team, create and proof-read targeted, engaging and effective content (press releases, blogs and social media posts, thought leadership articles) on behalf of clients
  • Develop and implement creative, integrated engagement strategies and communications campaigns, by working effectively with our in-house studio, planning, placemaking and political insights functions
  • Identify opportunities for clients and Kanda to build their profile at industry events, conferences etc.
  • Work closely with our political insights function to ensure we capitalise on local and central Government opportunities as part of our wider public affairs strategies
  • Managing up and down to ensure that projects are completed to a high standard and in a timely fashion
  • Account manage and line manage junior team members, supporting their work and career progression
  • Working closely with the Strat Comms Director to grow our Strat Comms offer
  • Supporting Kanda’s marketing and new business strategy through event participation, digital content delivery and other outputs

Key Attributes and Skills:

  • 6+ years in communications / agency environment
  • Experience within the built environment including established media relationships
  • Proven delivery of media relations and corporate reputation management
  • Extensive B2B experience
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic – unafraid to voice opinions and progress ideas, and a keen eye for new business leads
  • Works collaboratively; good team player
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills including an ability to advise at a senior level
  • Excellent time management and ability to work in fast paced and varied environments

About Kanda

Kanda is the fastest growing independent communications consultancy working in the UK property industry. We are a multi-disciplinary agency that is passionate about and dedicated to property and place-making – helping built environment creators, agents and operators to navigate

change, tell their story and connect with customers, communities and influencers.

We use our breadth and depth of experience to help our clients navigate external factors and internal business challenges, crafting robust multi-channel communications and branding programmes that align with strategic business objectives and which speak to multiple stakeholders. Our strength in planning consultation means that we understand the nuances of the sector and are intimately acquainted with the challenges and opportunities facing our clients and their businesses.

With more than 50 built environment experts, we work with our clients to understand, navigate and respond to the commercial drivers impacting the real estate sector, including Government

legislature, local issues, consumer trends and confidence as well as macro-economic factors.

Since launching in 2017, we have secured over 200 planning consents and developed a unique and bespoke consultation toolkit for the property sector underpinned by political knowledge and networks at all levels of local government. Our current client list includes developers, international investors, local authorities, housing associations, Great Estates, housebuilders, supermarkets, high street retailers and NHS trusts.

We have developed five company values that govern how we work with each other and with our clients, these are Integrity, Openness, Inclusive, Creative and Collaborative.

What we offer

We believe our people are our biggest asset and have developed an industry leading benefits package based around financial rewards, wellbeing and social rewards and physical rewards to ensure that our employees feel fully supported in all areas of their professional lives. In addition to the usual perks like fruit bowls, company drinks etc, we offer the following to all employees:

Financial:

  • Life assurance (3x salary) and income protection scheme (75% of salary)
  • Discretionary 10% bonus paid in two sums per financial year
  • 5% company pension contributions
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay for those becoming parents

Wellbeing and social:

  • Formal time off in lieu policy
  • Length of service rewards at 5, 7 and 10 years
  • 2x company social days per year including our Kandie Staykation overnighter
  • 25 days holiday plus 3 days over Christmas, as well as a birthday day
  • ‘Thrifty Thursday’ Kanda sponsored lunch on the last Thursday of the month before payday

Physical:

  • BUPA private medical cover
  • Access to Health Assured, our Employee Assistance Programme which offers free access to counselling, legal advice, health support and more

Equal opportunities

Kanda is an equal opportunities employer; we encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to attract a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We welcome applications from candidates regardless of their ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religious beliefs or age.  

Recruitment Process

Please email recruitment@kandaconsulting.co.uk with a cover letter and CV to apply. Early application is encouraged.

Stage 1 – Successful candidates will be selected for interview

Stage 2 – Shortlisted candidates will be invited for second interview

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