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Communications & Engagement Intern - Global Technology Centre

Date: Aug 28, 2021

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is an original aerospace innovator. For decades, GKN Aerospace technologies have inspired and industrialised the aerospace industry, combining engineering and technological excellence. Today we are truly global. With 17,000 employees in 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on our advanced technologies. Going forward we intend to further enhance our capability by building a network of Global Technology Centres (GTC). GKN’s new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol is a £32m state of the art technology research and development facility which will act as a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. It will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain, to help strengthen aerospace technology and support the UK’s Industrial strategy – Would you like the opportunity to work as an intern at the GTC?

We are looking for a talented individual with a passion for developing communication medium and improving how people communicate and work together to join the GTC Operations team on a 12 month internship. This role involves setting up a variety of communications channels, ensuring the content is developed and communications are delivered to the appropriate audiences.  Building positive, pro-active relationships with key stakeholders and working with stakeholders to deliver our communication plan will be key to this role .Another key aspect of this role is to launch important initiatives such as Wellbeing, Diversity and inclusion initiatives and promote the GTC both internally and externally.   This is a real ‘hands on’ role and will give the role holder opportunity to make a significant impact on connecting our technical community and improving levels of employee engagement with the aim of making the GTC a ‘Great Place to Work’!

This is a very exciting and potentially career defining opportunity. You will be an integral member of a team that is embarking on a journey to make a positive change for everyone that work at the UK GTC.

Job Responsibilities

•    Develop and manage the internal communications plan which will involve setting up and overseeing a range of communication programs/initiatives:
o    Liaise with the company’s provider for webcasts and set up a quarterly leadership webcast.  
o    Collaborate with the relevant persons to ensure live ‘town hall’ sessions with senior managers are set-up and delivered.
o    Drive and motivate line managers to ensure they deliver team updates.
o    Update and manage our technical community intranet site to provide content such as an technical community overview, meet-the-team, leadership webcast content, webinar content, quarterly round-up of FAQs and local stories.
o    Coordinate and deliver the technical community HTML e-mail newsletter.
o    Set up webinars (focused on projects, sites & people from across the technical community).
o    Use yammer to provide alerts to important new messages, encourage peer-to-peer content sharing etc and ensure we are maximising its use.
•    Coordinate with the relevant stakeholders to gather content for delivery for the various communication channels.  Review and use editorial skills to suggest improvements to content.
•    Oversee making ‘meet the leaders’ videos.
•    Set up ‘trainer the trainer’ events for storytelling.
•    Capitalise on opportunities for positive communication stories and collaborate with appointed communication ambassadors to increase the quality and quantity of our communications.
•    Ensure outputs are on brand, promoting the technical community communications collateral such as our strapline, identify symbol, icons and powerpoint templates.
•    Develop and manage other communications channels as appropriate, e.g. an employee app.
•    Develop measurement and evaluation tools to understand the effectiveness of the communications plan and to identify opportunities for improvement.
•    Support the development and deployment of a technical community induction e-learning module.

Job Qualifications

Person specification 
Understanding of communications and marketing.
•Digitally savvy, a great writer and with an understanding of primary social media.   
•Working knowledge of MS packages.
•Excellent written, presentation and verbal influencing skills. 
•Creativity – spotting opportunities for positive communication stories. 
•Building stakeholder relationships and networks.      
•Excellent attention to detail with a high level of organisation and prioritisation. 
•Initiating action and tenacity to follow through tasks to completion.         
•Calm whilst working in a complex and global environment, flexible to handle changing priorities 

Qualifications Required: 
Degree qualified (or equivalent) or studying towards a degree in a relevant discipline (communications, marketing, PR or business administration).

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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