Head of Communications - HS2 - London

STRABAG AG - UK BRANCH Tunnelbau London Job-ID: req29391

Über uns

STRABAG demonstrates their leading role in tunnelling with the execution of large international projects. Our technical and organisational know-how as well as decades of comprehensive experience offer our clients a guarantee for safe and technically perfect project implementation. We offer various tunnel building methods and continuously adapt and perfect these to address the specific problems of each individual project. Our employees, with their dedication and their extraordinary technical knowledge, made us who we are today. Here in the UK we have already been working on two innovative large-scale infrastructure projects and are looking for people with expertise and passion to expand our services across the UK.

Ihre Aufgaben

The Role:

This is an exciting and rewarding permanent career opportunity for an experienced head of communications to form and lead a small communications function for the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCSJV) which is carrying out the Main Works project for HS2.  You will be accountable for delivering proactive and reactive communications, with a particular focus on internal, but with involvement in external communications through media relations and public affairs. You will work under the direction of the SCSJV programme director, the joint venture companies’ communications directors and our client, HS2 Ltd.


  • Closing date for application: Friday 22nd November 2019. 
  • Skills set:  internal and external communications, public affairs and media relations. Must have construction/engineering or transport experience and have worked in a project environment.
  • Job location: London with travel to sites.  
  • Accessible by public transport? Yes
  • Working hours: Weekdays (with some out-of-hours / on-call as necessary)
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 


As well as delivering the communications activities necessary to support the main works project, you will be responsible for protecting and enhancing the reputations of each of the joint venture parent companies and will need to work within those organisations’ protocols for media relations, issues management and public affairs, in particular. A major element of the role is to deliver internal communications to bring the team of more than 800 staff and up to 10,000 members of our supply chain together.

You will have prior experience of working in a transportation or construction/engineering major project environment. In addition, you will be comfortable working in a fast-paced matrix environment, be highly personable and able to form strong relationships with multiple stakeholders at all levels.  You will be comfortable taking a hands-on approach, with experience in handling issues and crises in conjunction with a range of internal stakeholders.

About us:

SCS (SCSJV - a joint venture of Skanska, Costain and STRABAG) brings together an industry-leading combination of tried, tested and successful partnerships, world-wide high-speed rail experience and extensive national and regional knowledge. 

SCS is responsible for lots one and two (out of a total of seven) of the first phase of the main works.
Lot one will start at Euston railway station in London and comprises the construction of two tunnel tubes with a length of 8.8km each. Lot two begins from Old Oak Common station in north west London and also comprises tunnels to be built within the city.

Key responsibilities:


Internal communications:

  • Accountable for devising and directing the delivery of the annual SCSJV internal communications plan.
  • Lead responsibility and oversight of the delivery of inspiring leadership communication.
  • Accountable for ensuring the team provides strategic planning and messaging advice and devises creative communication campaigns that inform, motivate and change employee behaviours
  • Accountable for ensuring internal comms campaigns are aligned with parent companies 


External communications:

  • Significant involvement in external communications, public affairs and media relations, but working closely with the client (HS2) and the parent companies to ensure their interests are represented and their reputations are protected, and their own protocols are adhered to. This includes involvement in developing a shared communications plan with our client’s senior communications leaders to ensure the SCSJV’s interests are accurately reflected in our client’s communications.
  • Leading on high level media and stakeholder visits to joint venture sites and the management of film crews/documentary makers in liaison with our client.
  • Providing our client and parent companies with content for use in their own internal and external communications activities.

  • Ensuring parent companies are fully briefed and have oversight of all issues that could pose a reputational risk to them.This will include drafting lines to take, media responses and obtaining approvals from client and parent companies.

Branding and collateral:

  • Accountable for the SCSJV branding guidelines, ensuring they are reflected in all communications materials.
  • Accountable for ensuring the project team is supported in the creation of business-critical communications collateral which includes the management of a small roster of suppliers.



  • Build relationships with key senior staff in HS2’s Corporate Affairs, News, External Relations, Public Affairs, Marketing and Digital teams
  • Be the central point of senior-level contact for liaison between parent companies and the HS2 communications team, including the management of approvals.
  • Work closely with the Programme Interface Manager to ensure consistency of key messages and ensure team members take a joined-up approach to communications, community and stakeholder engagement.
  • Work closely with parent company communications teams

Ihre Voraussetzungen

Desired qualifications and experience:

  • Educated to degree level
  • Professional membership of CIPR and/or PRCA and must be committed to continuing professional development
  • Must have senior-level corporate communications/media relations/ public relations experience gained within the construction, engineering or transport sector
  • Must have experience working supplier side, delivering communications as led/directed by Government/public sector clients
  • Must have extensive experience of involvement in issues and crisis management and dealing with the media and stakeholders in challenging situations
  • Must have experience in crisis communications and responding to major incidents as part of Gold / Silver command structure (as directed by client’s Comms Gold)
  • Experience of working in high-pressure, complex operational and political environments, working at pace to deadlines and responding to rapidly changing circumstances and objectives
  • Experience in leading geographically disparate teams, both office-based and remote.
  • Excellent oral and written communicator
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills
  • Excellent at building relationships
  • Must be able to influence and negotiate, in a tactful and diplomatic way, to ensure HS2 and the parent companies’ interests are represented, while developing and maintaining excellent relationships with the client, parent companies and others at all times
  • Experience of managing people
  • Ability to influence at managing director/JV Board level
  • Excellent planning and organising skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of the local, regional and national policy context in which HS2 operates

About us:

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 Main Civils Contracts which include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels). The combined value of the contracts is around £1.8billion with the works due for completion in 2025.  Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador). SCS Railways is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from disabled candidates.

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.
HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous, you do not have to provide a response.

All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2. We will not share any of your data with other parties. This form is not mandatory, but your response would be appreciated

Deadline for application: Friday 22nd November 2019.

Unsuccessful applicants: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants on an individual basis.

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