Appointed - Interim Chief Press Officer

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £70-85k pro rata
  • Ref: RS-1704-4638
  • 2017-04-27T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

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An interim group media relations role with one of the best-known brands in financial services.

Our client, one of the best-known brands at the heart of the financial services sector, is looking for an experienced media relations specialist to join its Group Communications function for a 12-month contract.
Reporting to the Group Communications Director and with the support of a Press Officer, you will manage the day-to-day press office activity including financial calendar work and broader corporate communications focused on business priorities. 
This is a ‘hands on’ role and you will be required to maintain key journalist relationships; draft news releases, Q&As and briefing material; ensure that internal stakeholders are briefed on all relevant issues and activity; and work collaboratively with other communications colleagues to ensure that all activity is integrated with other comms efforts.
You will have the following skills/attributes:

  • Awareness and understanding of financial services including the opportunities and challenges facing our client.
  • A good knowledge of the financial media and the ability to establish and maintain a good range of journalistic contacts.
  • Ability to identify corporate reputation priorities directly aligned to business objectives in the operating environment.
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate those issues concisely, accurately and within timescales.
  • Able to work across functions and business units to raise awareness of the agreed reputation drivers deliver the Group Communications strategy.
  • Excellent writing skills, including different formats and for different audiences.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and team skills.
  • Personal impact, influencing skills, planning and implementation.