Greater London (Hybrid)
£60,000 - £75,000 per year (depending on experience)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Institute of Physics is the century-old professional body for a discipline which has a vital role to play in tackling many of society’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, food security and better healthcare. We have an ambitious agenda to make physics more welcoming and supportive for people from all backgrounds, and are deeply involved in the debates about diversity and inclusion in education and science. Yet, outside physics, we are less well-known and less well-connected than we need to be if we are to have the impact we seek.

The Role

We are looking for an Head of Communications and Marketing to join the team!

The Head of Communications and Marketing has a key role to play in raising our profile in order to increase our influence with everyone from Secretaries of State to business leaders and teachers. Senior managers across the IOP share this appetite to engage more effectively with our chosen audiences and stakeholders, and will look to this role to provide leadership, strategic counsel and challenge on how to do this.

The purpose of this role is to lead and manage the Marketing and Communications team of more than a dozen people in raising the profile of the IOP, boosting awareness of its activities, goals and expertise, and supporting the delivery of various IOP programmes and its engagement with its 21,000 members.

This role is also an integral part of the network of Heads of Departments within IOP, and as such contributes to the broader management of the Institute.

        We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • They are motivated to push themselves and their team to achieve great results and improve what they do
  • They recognise the need to continuously learn to maintain their professional excellence
  • They look for evidence and insights to inform their decisions
  • They can master complex subjects quickly and explain them simply
  • They are creative and love engaging content
  • They write quick, accurate, interesting copy
  • They can build and manage good professional relationships involving juggling conflicting priorities
  • They can lead a hybrid-based team with professionalism, sensitivity and good humour
  • They can draft, assess, execute and review communications and marketing plans
  • They can respond flexibly to sudden changes and support others to do so
  • They are inclusive in their dealings with people and their approach to marketing and communications

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following experience:


  • Experience of working in marketing or communications (or both) in a leadership role
  • Experience of successfully managing teams and budgets, including appropriate delegation and performance management
  • Good functional knowledge of a range of (but not necessarily all) the following disciplines: email marketing, advertising, media relations, social media, digital content creation, evaluation and monitoring and membership engagement
  • Experience of quickly mastering complex subjects and simplifying them
  • Experience of building effective relationships with peers from outside marketing and communications
  • Crisis Management

     Desirable but not essential:

  • Experience of working in a charity
  • Experience of working in a science-based organisation
  • Experience of working in a membership organisation
  • Knowledge of physics
  • Knowledge of policymaking and political structures across the UK nations and the Republic of Ireland

Future of Work

The Institute of Physics is an inclusive employer and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative and exciting trust-based model of flexible working. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact. The Future of Work initiative is based on the principles of collaboration, trust, flexibility and agility.


Alongside your CV, please ensure you include a cover letter stating how you meet the person specification.

Why work with us?

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

In addition to a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.

The Institute of Physics is an open and inclusive organisation that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

Best of luck with your application!

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Posted on: 19 May 2022
Closed date: 05 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Communications, PR, Senior Management

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.