Change Communications Manager at AWE, Reading, Remote/Home, 12 Months, £Contract Rate

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  • Remote (Reading, Remote/Home)
  • Jul 04, 2024
6 Months or more

Contract Description


Change Communications Manager - Inside IR35

Contract Term: 12 Months

Contracting Authority: AWE

Location: Hybrid working (2/3 days pw onsite in Aldermaston and remaining WFH)

What if you could work on something that you can’t test… but cannot afford to fail? Something that could have spent years on a submarine, is launched into outer space (where the temperature is below -250c), comes hurtling through the atmosphere, being heated up and shaken and then must work? Some challenge.

That’s exactly what the team of over 6,500 people at AWE do every day: delivering important work, in support of the most important mission – keeping the nation safe.

AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Their role in nuclear deterrence and their specialist technical assistance to nuclear threat reduction is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK. Working to support the defence of our country, AWE has a clear mission: to keep everyone, the environment, their products and information, sites, and everything around them, safe and secure.

SC Clearance is an essential requirement for this role, as a minimum you must be eligible and willing to undergo these checks.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Change Communications Manager would be:

  • Developing change communications plans that support and enhance the business goals set out by internal functions and maximising the effectiveness of our internal channels ensuring best and up-to-date practices
  • Working with the stakeholders to understand what needs to be communicated to whom and when, ensuring clear, timely communications
  • Providing insights and advice on creating behaviour change through communication, taking account of stakeholder and audience communication needs
  • Providing structured and proven change management comms techniques required to effect real change
  • Undertaking regular review of plans to ensure it meets objectives; adjusting plans to suit need as necessary
  • Promoting understanding of the business’s priorities
  • Supporting a strong employer brand
  • Writing and editing copy that aligns to the programme’s core narrative, while also support AWE’s overall business strategy and the Corporate Affairs strategy and principles
  • Using visual techniques to make communications stand out
  • Making effective use of measures to evaluate communications and contributing to continuous improvement activity in Corporate Affairs
  • As part of the Corporate Affairs on-call team, responding to emergency and business continuity situations



  • Experience embedding new technologies and processes
  • Experience of operational change
  • Experience delivering successful change
  • A clear understanding of how to use comms to effect real change in the business.
  • Understanding or certified change management methodologies.
  • Proactive, results-oriented approach to communications planning and delivery
  • Excellent writing skills for use across a wide selection of communications channels.
  • Strong listening and questioning skills – able to get to the source of information and interpret, in plain English, appropriately to chosen audiences
  • Effective influencer, ensuring that good practice adopted across the business
  • Utilise the most appropriate mix of channels to ensure a positive outcome to communication activities
  • Self-starter and able to work well operating as part of a team
  • Proficient in the use of core Microsoft Office products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • Rounded understanding of the theory, development and application of internal communications best practice with specific experience of communicating with a neuro-diverse audience
  • Experienced business partnering
  • Significant experience of developing and implementing complex and challenging change projects, able to influence and support leaders at all levels


If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply or get in touch with


AWE’s ambition is to create workplaces that recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and where people feel able to be themselves at work. They strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants.

Disability confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, AWE guarantees to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.


AWE is proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant and as such, we guarantee to interview all veterans or spouses / partners of military personnel who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of ex-military candidates / military spouses or partners, who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.


If you qualify for the above, please notify us on

We will be in touch to discuss your suitability and arrange your Guaranteed Interview.

Should you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the recruitment process or if there is a more accessible way for us to communicate, please do let me know.


In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following “this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.

Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not Overseas.