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Senior Communications Manager

We are based in Berkshire between Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury with onsite parking
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

Job Details

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

This is an exciting time for a Communications Lead to join our growing Communications team.

AWE Nuclear Security Technologies is entering a new era as we deliver critical programmes to support national security. We’re looking for an experienced Communications Lead to join our communications team and help tell the story of our unique mission to keep the country safe.

Location: We are based in Berkshire between Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury with onsite parking.

Salary Range: £45,560 to £52,000

What’s exciting?

We are about to embark on a project which will see exciting changes to our organisation to ensure that we are able to deliver our vital mission to keep our nation safe.

A typical day for a Communications Lead could look like this:
  • Developing, creating, maintaining, and delivering engaging and timely content using a wide range of techniques and channels
  • Working with stakeholders to draft relevant messages to achieve communications, project, and campaign objectives
  • Enhancing draft written or visual materials by ensuring content is targeted and dynamic
  • Creating new copy, imagery, audio and video materials to support the narrative/storytelling
  • Articulating difficult messages in a simple manner
  • Proactively seeking out stories and case studies to support the narrative/storytelling and achieve the communications objectives
  • Applying project management skills to support the successful delivery of campaigns, projects, and communications activities

We would like you to demonstrate some of the following:
  • Copywriting experience with a focus on engaging storytelling
  • Digital and social media skills and experience
  • A strong communications background, potentially with some experience working with press and media
  • A “can-do” approach
  • Well organised with excellent time management skills
  • Working in a dynamic environment on multiple projects
  • Managing communications or social media crisis
  • Producing copy for social media and asset creation

We recognise that you may not tick every single box but that doesn’t mean we won’t be interested in seeing an application from you so do go ahead and apply now!

AWE has been voted one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK. We have a range of benefits to suit you including:
  • 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work). That’s a lot of time off!
  • Defined contribution Group Personal Pension (between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Death in service benefit

You can find out more about our benefits on our AWE Carers site.

Some things you need to know:
  • The advert will close on: 23rd July
  • Interviews will be on TEAMS (90 minutes) in early October with a ten-minute presentation. There will also be a pre-interview skills test.
  • You must be willing and able to obtain and maintain Security Clearance (funded by us) in order to start with us in this role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.
  • This role does require some attendance for meetings on site as required at RG7 4PR along with occasional travel to our other sites, if required.

(Sorry agencies - this is being managed by our internal recruitment team.)


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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