This is a terrific opportunity to become part of a team working at the centre of UK business, politics and media at a uniquely challenging time for the economy.
Based either in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester or Leeds, the Regional Press Officer will report to the Deputy Head of News as part of a close-knit press, editorial & social media team in a busy and exciting press office. This role would suit someone switching from journalism or looking for their second role in PR. They will be expected to provide support delivering the full spectrum of the CBI’s media activity, across all platforms, including digital channels. Due to the nature of the role, some unsociable hours may be necessary, within reason. And in time, there may be an opportunity to join the press office ‘out of hours’ rota.
Once social distancing measures unwind, some nationwide travel will be required – for example to head office in London, regional press trips, conferences and other CBI regional offices. All travel would be undertaken in line with CBI workplace safety policies and government guidance responding to COVID-19. Working from home encouraged in the meantime.
Salary range: £30,000 - £36,000.
- 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 to proactively seeking 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
- 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 and LinkedIn, to ensure CBI messages reach a wide audience of key stakeholders.
Knowledge and 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.
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements.
- 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.
Equal opportunity employer
Our aim is to create prosperity for all. To do that well, we need a workforce that is more representative of the businesses we serve.
We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more innovative work environment that delivers better results. To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas, we’ve encouraged the creation of a variety of Employee Resource Groups - Women, LGBT+, BAME and Working Families.
We recognise the many benefits flexible working can bring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking and will accommodate where possible.
How to apply
Please click here and apply with your covering letter and CV by Friday 12 June 2020.