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.
- 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.
- 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
How to apply
For all applications please email your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is Friday 17th August.