ADS • London, United Kingdom

Senior External Communications Officer

Salary:  Competitive, depending on experience

1–2 days/week at home

9-day fortnight

Core hours 9–5.30

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Job Description

Role Outline

As senior communications officer at ADS, you’ll work as part of a busy communications team, delivering media relations, digital and strategic communications to enhance the reputation of ADS’ sectors. As the trade association for the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries, your work will help shape the reputation of our sectors at home and abroad.

Our ideal candidate is a proactive team player with experience communicating to a wide variety of audiences, including using traditional and digital media channels. While you may not have experience in our sectors, you’ll have an eye for detail and storytelling abilities to ensure the continued success of the ADS brand.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate communicator to define and grow the ADS brand. You will report directly to the Head of External Communications and collaborate with the wider ADS Government and Policy team.

There are no formal employment or educational requirements for this role.

Skills & Competencies

  • Media relations experience desirable
  • Creative thinker with confidence to voice new ideas
  • A team player willing to collaborate with different internal and external teams
  • Pro-active, organised and able to multi-task across simultaneous projects
  • Exceptional copywriting skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Experience with:
  • MS Office suite
  • email-marketing software
  • Wordpress
  • Analytics (e.g. Google Analytics)
  • social media scheduling
  • monitoring and analytics
  • design (e.g. Canva, InDesign or Photoshop)
  • event registration and management platforms (e.g. ExpoPlatform, Eventscase)
  • -video editing (e.g. Premiere Pro - desirable but not essential)

Contract & Benefits

Contract; Permanent, fulltime role, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Location; Hybrid role working from the head office in London and home

Compensation: Competitive, depending on experience

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Benefits; Bonus, pension, private health insurance, life insurance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, 9-day fortnight, hybrid working, extended remote working, enhanced parental leave, 28 days annual leave, buy additional annual leave, long service additional annual leave

Company benefits

9-day fortnight
Open to job sharing
Open to part time work for some roles
Open to compressed hours
Work from anywhere scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Compassionate leave
Season ticket loan
Travel insurance
Time off in-lieu
28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Company shutdown periods
Enhanced maternity leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
Salary sacrifice
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Skilled worker visas
Employee assistance programme
Volunteer days
Teambuilding days
L&D budget
Enhanced sick days
Mental health platform access
Fertility benefits
Menstrual leave
Gym membership
Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Women’s health leave
Mental health days
Pregnancy loss leave
Childcare credits
Adoption leave
Cinema discounts
Charity donation scheme
Commuter loan
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Life assurance
Interest free loans

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Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
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Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done
Working at ADS

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Farnborough, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Toulouse

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom