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, including those at both a local and central Government level.

We’re looking for a passionate, experienced and organised public affairs manager to support our team, someone who can help to lead and shape client programmes and navigate policy developments as they happen.

We work with a range of 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:

  • Monitor policy developments in the built environment and analyze their potential impact on the sector
  • Be a policy expert on key issues impacting clients in the built environment, offering relevant advice to clients together with other senior team members
  • Identify opportunities for clients and Kanda at policy focused events and
  • Develop policy focused thought leadership programmes on behalf of clients
  • Draft, design and proofread advocacy materials (positioning papers, briefings, presentations, etc.). 
  • Undertaking stakeholder mapping and relationship building engagement programmes
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies and lead this execution
  • Together with our Director of Political Insights, develop a robust and clear thought leadership position for the agency around political insights and expertise
  • Support our new business strategy and targeting, undertaking research on specific businesses and contributing to proposals

Key Attributes and Skills:

  • 3+ years in public affairs / agency environment
  • Honed relationships at public sector level
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic – unafraid to voice opinions and progress ideas
  • Works collaboratively; good team player
  • Organised and delivers a high quality of work with strong attention to detail
  • Robust copywriting skills
  • A passion for the built environment and the policy landscape influencing decision making at both a local and central government level
  • Strong ability to assimilate, analyse and summarise written material quickly
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Excellent Time Management

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

How to apply and recruitment process:

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. 

 Please email recruitment@kandaconsulting.co.uk with a cover letter/email and CV to apply. Early application is encouraged. Please write: Public Affairs Manager in the subject field.

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