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Internal Communications Manager AO

Department
Brand and Marketing

Location
Bolton

A Bit About Us

We’re a bunch of people who go to great lengths to make sure our customers are the happiest customers out there. We may sell everything from washing machines to PlayStations, but at our core we’re a people business. We roll up our sleeves and work together to make things happen. From logistics, recycling to our award winning IT teams, almost everything we do, we do ourselves to make sure every aspect of our customer journey is done properly. We launched in 2000 as a result of a £1 bet in a Bolton pub. 18 years later we have a 5* TrustPilot rating (after 100K reviews), expanded our business into Europe and floated on the London stock exchange, but we never lose sight of what we’re about.

More About the Role

As the Internal Communications Manager, you will be responsible for creating and executing an internal communications strategy including developing company messages and effective internal campaigns that align with the AO’s strategy and priorities. You will deliver these across a range of channels, including through line managers, to inform and engage AO’ers across a range of sites from distribution teams to office workers. The aim of the role is to ensure a consistent and high quality internal communication framework to support our AO’ers being informed, inspired and motivated to AO’s purpose. You will act as the owner of the visual identity of all communications channels. Provide guidance and inspiration to leaders to understand the importance of internal communications. Champion the diversity and variety of AO’ers across our total UK organisation (and influence Europe) to ensure a people-first mentality for all communications.

Here's What You Can Expect to be Doing

  • The role will be responsible for all internal comms campaigns across all UK sites, to ensure high quality, effective and measurable communications across channels including identifying and testing new and creative formats / channels.
  • Developing strong relationships across the organisation to advise and educate stakeholders on the best comms approach for strategic and tactical initiatives, to ensure the purpose of the communications is met every time.
  • Responsible for line managing and supporting the development of the Internal Communications Executives
  • Be a trusted advisor on internal communications for senior management. It is vital this role builds relationships with senior stakeholders to foster trust and awareness
  • Manage a range of communications programmes/initiatives including employee events, video creation and announcements to support overall objectives
  • Support on change and business transformation projects
  • Ensure there is a consistent approach in terms of voice throughout all communications
  • Be a firm filter on what does and doesn’t constitute good internal comms.
  • Help our leadership team communicate to our business in a relatable, open and approachable manner.
  • Track the effectiveness of internal communications through sensible reporting.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and External Communications team and the People Team.

    A Few Things About You

  • Outgoing, influential & personable A creative thinker who is able to generate new and interesting ideas to create ensure maximum impact and engagement.
  • Passionate about design and brand advocacy. Exceptional creative and organisation skills
  • Managing multiple stakeholders at senior levels to achieve the best outcome
  • Flexible approach and willingness to adapt ideas to the needs of stakeholders. Understand main aspects of AO employees and identify key messages.
  • Ability to understand complexity and communicate it in a simple, engaging way to different audiences.
  • Create a culture of always better in the team to ensure all elements of communications activity to be consistent in style, creative eye-catching and engaging
  • The ability to think creatively and translate ideas into campaigns
  • Passionate about creating exceptional content and in-tune with latest trends.
  • Experience creating, embedding and maintaining an internal comms strategy across a business
  • Why Choose AO?

    At AO, our culture and our AO’way of doing things is vital to our success. We’re passionate people, determined to do whatever’s necessary to make our customers happy. The AO motto is "treat every customer like you’d expect your nan to be treated, and make decisions your mum would be proud of". To do this, we train and empower each and every AO’er to strive for better ways of doing whatever they are doing. Our AO’ers don’t just go through the motions and follow processes, it just isn’t our thing. We don’t follow trends, we set them.

    Great People Deserve Great Things

    As an AO employee you can take full advantage of our benefits package. As well as the fundamentals, like pensions and holidays, we have designed our "AO Perks" to help you out financially and make your work life a little easier.