Communications Lead – ITA

Drive the communications strategy and supercharge industrial decarbonisation at newly launched global initiative

Location:         Remote – working from UK

Conditions:      Remote working with some travel. 

Reports to:      Director, Communications

Hours per week: Full-time

Overtime status: Exempt

Are you passionate about developing innovative solutions to the climate crisis and supercharging industrial decarbonisation?  Are you interested in being a foundational member of a new organisation?  If yes, then apply to join our growing team.

The Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) is a movement of climate leaders in business and civil society driving industrial decarbonisation across the entire value chain of the world’s highest-emitting sectors: aluminum, cement, chemicals, steel, aviation, shipping, and trucking. MPP is charting the inventive steps and radical collaboration to enable commercial-scale First Projects in this decisive decade.

The Industrial Transition Accelerator (ITA) is a global multistakeholder initiative created to catalyse decarbonisation across the heavy emitting sectors. With expansive networks across industry, financial institutions, and governments, it brings together global leaders to unlock investment at scale, for the rapid deployment of decarbonisation solutions. Within three years, it aims to significantly grow the pipeline of commercial-scale, clean industrial projects to reduce emissions by 2030 and enable delivery of Paris Agreement-aligned ambition for heavy emitting industry and transport sectors.

Launched in December 2023 at the COP28 World Climate Action Summit, the ITA works in partnership with global institutions, global corporate and finance conveners, and sectoral industry groups among others to speed up collective action. Its Secretariat is hosted by the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) and you can find out more here.

The Communications Lead has the fantastic opportunity to lead the development and implementation of the ITA’s three-year strategic communication plan whilst developing its brand from the ground up, to scale the impact and awareness of its work. It’s a fast-paced, dynamic role, requiring the drive to deliver on the ITA’s mission, exceptional communications ability, and solid stakeholder coordination.   

Position Overview 

This is a new position and a unique opportunity to lead brand and communications for a global program from the outset. The head of communications will support ITA leadership in setting the strategy, building the ITA brand and its voice, and delivering a high-impact communications programme that is aligned to its workplan. You will set vision into action, collaborating with a wide ecosystem of diverse stakeholders across business, finance, policy, and NGO’s. The role will be broad and varied and will allow the successful candidate to develop the overall strategy, alongside the Director, and support the implementation of a successful program.

The Communication Lead’s responsibilities include:   

Strategy:

  • Developing, leading, and implementing the strategic communications plan for the ITA in collaboration with the Directors and the comms teams of partner organisations.
  • Ensuring that all communications work is planned to deliver on ITA goals and maximise the organisation’s impact.

Brand building and positioning:

  • Building the ITA’s communication channels (e.g. web) from the ground up.
  • Developing and implementing the ITA brand across all channels and creating a clear and consistent global voice that drives action.
  • Being an astute and creative guardian for the ITA to maintain integrity of messaging across all touch points.

Implementation and amplification:

  • Delivering a strong pipeline of top tier media coverage and fostering relationships with global media contacts.
  • Curating the ITA’s presence at major moments such as COP and New York Climate Week – ensuring its participation is strategic, well managed and delivers intended results.

Messaging & reputation:

  • Creating nuanced high level talking points for senior spokespeople to embed the communications narrative at global events and in senior stakeholder meetings.
  • Build and protect the ITA’s reputation – creating a process for issues management and skillfully managing any communications challenges that arise.

Stakeholders & team building

  • Acting as central point of contact for co-chair communications teams, ensuring cohesion, trust, and solid working relationships.
  • Being an active and pro-active core member of the ITA working group – ensuring that communications activity is centrally aligned to and developed alongside the work programme.
  • Building efficient comms support around the evolving comms needs – e.g. agency and freelance teams – in line with the budget.

Deliverables and reporting

  • Managing deliverables and ensuring good governance by regularly reporting on progress and iterating as necessary.

Position Requirements:

Experience and qualifications

  • 10+ years of demonstrated experience with global communications strategy development and implementation.
  • Strong track record of success in leading communications for a large global program with multiple delivery partners.
  • Prior experience and solid working knowledge of the climate space, in particular of energy, industry and/or transport decarbonisation.
  • Experience of building successful global brands and delivering campaigns/stories that get strong desired results and motivate others to act.
  • Extensive corporate communications and reputation management experience.
  • Proven ability to interact with stakeholders of all backgrounds at very senior levels from corporate CEOs, Gov’t officials, Board Members, and funders.
  • Academically strong – advanced degree preferred.

Skills

  • A “doer” attitude. Consummately results oriented; able to identify and execute priorities across an organization, and partners.
  • Excellent judgment with proven ability to create compelling communications narratives, make decisions and move forward.
  • Focused, sharp and proactive – embedded in relevant topics and able to synthesize complex information to deliver powerful messaging to diverse international audiences.
  • Thrives in dynamic, entrepreneurial, intellectual environments & has flexibility in approach.
  • Highly-skilled across the integrated comms mix – e.g. events, web, social, PR.
  • Excellent media contacts – ideally with top tier global outlets.
  • Very strong written and spoken communication skills (including press release writing, and presentation skills). Clear, concise, and organised (good, quick editing ability).
  • Superb collaboration, stakeholder, and conflict management skills to create bridges of trust and help to involve the right people at the right time to produce the most favourable outcome.
  • Impeccable planner, including managing projects, budgets, timelines, and inputs from others.
  • Active listening skills and ability to influence while building relationships.
  • Proactive, creative and solution oriented.

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in joining our team please send your resume and cover letter to our HR team at [email protected].

Compensation

MPP compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.