- Location – London
- Process – Cover letter & C.V.
- Deadline for applications – 01 December 2021
Based at our head office in London, the Communications Adviser reports to the Senior Media & Communications Manager as part of a close-knit press and communications team, which sits within the Campaigns Directorate. This role is for a PR professional, who will provide support to deliver the full spectrum of the CBI’s media activity, across all platforms, including support for digital channels.
• 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
• Providing media support to staff across policy, and increasing coverage in areas of policy specifically the responsibility of the post-holder
• Help organise 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 spokespeople 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
• 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
• Evidence of how this knowledge was acquired and put to practical use.
• 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
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
Diversity & Inclusion
At the CBI, we are committed to attracting diverse talent that represents the society we live in.
We encourage applications from all regardless of age, sexuality, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or beliefs. We are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion and this is reflected in our policies, practices, and internal employee-led networks and supported by our executive leadership team.
We are a family friendly organisation, and we encourage both flexible and hybrid working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Our employee-led networks are: Race and Ethnicity Equality, LGBT+ Allies, HAND + Allies, Women’s and Working Families. We also have qualified Mental Health First Aiders who support our employees in having good mental health.
If the above feels like an organisation that you would like to work for then we encourage you to apply and join our diverse workforce.
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