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Regional Press Officer

Role Summary

This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a team working at the centre of UK business, politics and media at a uniquely interesting time.

Based primarily at our Birmingham office, the Regional Press Officer will report to the Deputy Head of News as part of a close-knit press, editorial & social media team. This role would provide support to deliver the full spectrum of the CBI’s media activity, across all platforms, including digital channels. Some nationwide travel will be required.

Key Responsibilities

  • To increase the CBI’s regional media coverage by writing press releases, articles, statements, tweets and CBI materials for publication in regional media, on the CBI website and across social media
  • Working with policy teams and Regional Directors to proactively seek opportunities in regional and trade media for statements, articles and features, including for broadcasters
  • Handling day-to-day media enquiries, including arranging TV, radio and print interviews, and briefing regional journalists on CBI policies and related issues
  • Raising the media profile of CBI Regional Directors in England and Wales, along with regional policy
  • Organising interviews, press conferences, photo calls, roundtables, including with member companies, including relevant briefing
  • Supporting the remainder of the media team in execution of key communication outputs and perhaps in time join the out of hours on call rota.
  • 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.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Proven 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, in particular those issues impacting at a local/regional level e.g. devolution powers etc.
  • 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 17th August. 

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