Head of Communications

  • Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Germany
  • Date: December 18, 2019 01:00
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: senior
  • Job Functions:


Job summary

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, operating satellites that monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Job description

Working as part of a multinational team of professionals at the cutting edge of satellite technology, the Head of Communications will be responsible for the strategy and delivery of all external and internal communication services in line with the wider EUMETSAT organisational strategy and will lead the activities of the communication team.


  • Manage a team responsible for internal and external communications and support services;
  • Develop strategic plans for internal and external communication;
  • Supervise and directly contribute to the implementation of strategic external communications plans, including:
    • Interactions with internal stakeholders and guidance to key contributors to external communication, e.g. managers, scientists, engineers;
    • Design and management of strategic communication campaigns using all communication channels available and targeting policy and decision makers, expert audiences or the general public;
    • Co-operation with strategic communication partners (e.g. European Space Agency, the European Commission, National Meteorological Services);
    • Supervision of the organisation or co-organisation of large scale events (e.g. satellite launch events) and contributions to large scale events organised by partners;
  • Guide the design, production and publication of internet and intranet contents, publications, imagery, videos, inputs to social media, etc.;
  • Provide a press and public relations service and co-ordinate with communication officers of National Meteorological Services and other public customers of EUMETSAT data to ensure consistent communication on benefits;
  • Assess the impact of EUMETSAT external communication and the adequacy of available communication channels to meet strategic needs.


Employment conditions

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 8,700/month NET (after income tax) based on skills and experience
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family
  • Attractive pension
  • 30 days annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
  • Training and development support
  • Relocation allowance (if applicable)

Skills and experience

  • Proven track-record of at least ten years in a corporate communications leadership role, preferably in an international and scientific / technological environment;
  • Demonstrable experience in creating and implementing communications strategies, both internal and external;
  • Advanced professional media skills, with demonstrable expertise in developing and delivering communications initiatives;
  • ‘News style’ writing and editing skills in both English and French;
  • Experience in preparing targeted ‘key messages’, press releases, speeches and talking points;
  • Management and planning skills, with experience of having led diverse, international media teams;
  • Organisational skills, as well as experience in the management of a multi-disciplinary team are indispensable, knowledge and experience of scientific matters or satellite meteorology is an advantage although not mandatory.



  • University degree or equivalent.




  • Full business level proficiency in English and French, both spoken and written, is required. Some knowledge of German would be advantageous.


EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women. Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.



EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)


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