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Junior Press Officer

Role Summary

This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a busy team working at the centre of British business, politics and media. 

Based at our head office in London, the Junior Press Officer will report to one of our Media & Communications Managers as part of a close-knit press, editorial & social media team. This role is for an aspiring PR professional, who will provide support to deliver the full spectrum of the CBI’s media activity, across all platforms, including digital channels.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writing press releases, articles, statements, tweets and CBI materials for publication in the media, on the CBI website and across social media
  • Handling day to day media enquiries, including arranging TV, radio and print interviews, and briefing journalists on CBI policies and related issues
  • Supporting the remainder of the media team in execution of key communication outputs
  • Help organising press conferences, photo calls, media roundtables, including with member companies, plus arranging ad hoc media events
  • Arranging a wide range of media interviews for CBI staff and members, preparing relevant briefing materials and ensuring they are fully briefed
  • Leading on the press team’s regular weekly or monthly internal documents – CBI key messages, activity grid
  • Working to create opportunities in the national, international, online and regional media, for placed articles and features, including for broadcasters
  • Attending and providing media support for flagship events during the year including the CBI Annual Conference and Annual Dinner
  • Providing media support to staff across policy, including areas of policy specifically the responsibility of the post-holder
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with media, as well as key internal and external stakeholders, including the Director-General, President, directors, regional directors, as well as CBI members, sponsors and government departments
  • Supporting the social media team in developing content for existing channels including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, to ensure CBI messages reach a wide audience of key stakeholders
  • May involve being part of an out of hours press office rota in due course.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Proven starter experience in media relations, journalism or public affairs
  • Knowledge of national, regional, trade and digital/social media
  • Knowledge and understanding of current affairs/business, economic and political environment
  • Evidence of how this knowledge was acquired and put to practical use.

Skills

  • Good organisational and team working skills
  • Excellent creative writing skills
  • Good all round communicator
  • Sound judgement, strong news sense and political nous
  • Ability to create media opportunities – national, regional, online and digital – which help the organisation secure strong coverage
  • Ability to work under pressure/meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work as a self-starter in a close knit team
  • Ability to be flexible/ think laterally in problem solving

Behaviours

The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Collaborative – Listening, seeking views and sharing information; constructively challenging when appropriate
  • Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy
  • Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities
  • Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment
  • Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
  • Analytical – gathering information and using logic to analyse, problem solve, evaluate risk and make decisions

How to apply

For all applications please email your CV and cover letter to recruit@cbi.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 29th June. 

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