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Corporate Affairs Manager - Part Time

Date: 31-Mar-2021

Location: Southampton, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




What do cruising, economic growth, renewable energy, and cat litter have in common? They all come over the quays and are all in a day’s work for the ABP Southampton team. We are the UK’s leading port owner and operator and we are looking for a creative and collaborative colleague to manage corporate affairs for the Southampton region. Through the Covid pandemic and the end of Brexit transition, ABP operations have been uninterrupted, keeping Britain trading.


The UK’s largest export port and a crucial gateway for UK-manufactured goods, Southampton is celebrating the successful Solent freeport bid. We are looking ahead to the opening of a £55 million fifth Cruise Terminal in the summer, cementing our position as Europe’s leading cruise turnaround port and the UK’s top departure port. ABP has a key role to play in the decarbonisation of maritime and the wider economy, so while we cannot predict exactly what 2021 will bring, we promise it will be exciting.


This role is the regional lead for stakeholder relations and external communications, supporting the Regional Director and leadership team to maximise ABP’s reputation and profile and support the delivery of effective customer and employee engagement. Based out of the Southampton Ocean Gate office, with a competitive salary and benefits package, we are looking for someone to undertake the role 3 days per week.


We are seeking a candidate as articulate in person as they are on paper, able to navigate through a complex and geographically diverse organisation with confidence, gravitas and curiosity. Experience of the ports sector is not essential; the proven ability to get to grips with a complex brief and build effective relationships quickly is.


Principal activities include:


  • Maintain and build excellent stakeholder relationships both internally and externally
  • Coordinate interaction with key stakeholders including Parliamentarians in Westminster and in the region, local Government, regional planning and enterprise bodies, trade associations, customers, neighbours and community groups
  • Key interface in the region for the Solent Freeport
  • Develop a regional strategic communications plan covering internal, external and social channels, align with group strategy and messages
  • Manage media and external communications for the region, including marketing related to cruise activities
  • Support Crisis Communications planning and management of communications related to incidents/crisis situations
  • Effective coordination with communications colleagues across the business to ensure consistent messaging
  • Group events calendar management to support effective corporate communications planning


If this floats your boat, please apply today!


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.