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Group Science Planning & Comms Manager

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Group Science Planning & Comms Manager

  • NE02720
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About Us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices. As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance. Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The Role

The Planning and Communications manager develops and implements capacity planning process and tools for Group Science. Leads a small team and ensures compliance with finance and procurement processes for GSRA. Manages the business planning process and its delivery for GSRA.

They also create, lead and implements the Group Science internal communication strategy and builds the internal profile of GSRA. Leads engagement programmes with the GSRA Senior Leadership team to ensure alignment and coordination of change initiatives.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Develops, implements and improves capacity planning process and tools for the GSRA function. Enabling a proactive approach and focused prioritisation aligned to corporate strategy and business plan.
  • Leading the Group Science internal communication strategy, to ensure the function delivers its strategic and operational internal communication goals, and builds Imperial Brands’ Science internal profile.
  • Develops forward looking strategy of workforce planning. To understand the capabilities needed in the long-term and identifies options to access them.
  • Leads engagement programmes with Group Science Senior Leadership Team to ensure alignment, support and coordination of change initiatives.  Develops and provides material to support leading change initiatives (including sharing best practice & key learnings from internal / external activities.
  • Works with relevant stakeholders to oversee the creation and implementation of tailored learning programmes for technical capabilities, efficiency in business processes and building agility.
  • Manages the Business Planning process for GSRA.
  • Champions Group Science within the business to ensure the optimal stakeholder network to enable us to deliver our Vision.
  • Manage the delivery of ad-hoc strategic projects for the Director of Group Science and projects that develop or improve operational processes and best practice ways of working for GSRA.
  • Responsible for monitoring financial performance against functional business plan throughout the year.
  • Leads a small team responsible for identifying and maintaining the preferred supplier list for GSRA, managing the financial spend of critical and material projects within the function, ensuring training and compliance in procurement and finance business processes.


Key Relationships

  • Group Science Director
  • Heads of Group Science Department & teams
  • Group HR: GSRA HRBP, Centre of Expertise, Leadership Development
  • GSRA Finance BP
  • Business planning process team
  • Innovation Team
  • Group Strategy
  • Insight & Intelligence
  • Group Communications
  • Corporate Development
  • Consultants
  • Leadership Coaches & trainers
  • Law firms and 3rd party businesses

Skills & Experiencing

  • Strong relationship building skills and ability to foster cross-functional collaboration
  • Strong and proven communications experience (e.g. delivering communications based projects)
  • Strong and proven capacity planning and resourcing skills
  • Strong and proven project management skills
  • High influencing skills and experience
  • Credibility at a senior management level
  • Well-connected across the business
  • Curious to explore new technologies to improve communications and planning
  • Self-starter, well-organised & completer finisher
  • Broad understanding of the business and its current and future challenges
  • Constructively challenges to drive results
  • Strategic, methodical thinker with ability to question, learn and proactively research and consolidate findings

What We Offer & Next Steps

Competitive salary, bonus scheme, pension, and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period, and bank holidays), flexible working policy, corporate discounts, Health Cash Plan, and other wellbeing initiatives.


Next Steps

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply, highlighting their suitability for the above post.

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