PR Manager – broad corporate affairs activity for an innovative FTSE 250 professional services business

My client, an innovative professional services company, is looking to add a talented PR Manager to its corporate affairs team.

Based in stunning central London offices (3 days in per week) your role will be to protect and promote the positive reputation of the brand through integrated media campaigns, as well as help drive the development and implementation of the comms strategy.

This is a particularly interesting opportunity for a couple of reasons:

– firstly, as a FTSE 250, the company’s offering spans a remarkable breadth of sector activity. As such there is enormous scope when it comes to telling positive stories. Current focus areas include decarbonisation & net zero, technology and AI, and skills apprenticeships. Other services it offers include risk assessment, real estate, catering and environmental. Indeed it manages and maintains some of the nation’s most recognised landmarks, high street buildings, retail outlets and even homes in the community

– secondly, the role itself is extremely broad from a comms discipline perspective. Elements of corporate comms, media relations, campaigning, crisis and issues management, public affairs and more

Whilst I’ll touch on the skills and experience they’d love to see, I’d say the single biggest attribute they’re looking for is a positive attitude. This is genuinely a business that rewards proactivity, and one where you can make a difference beyond the confines of comms. For example, the business’ net zero plan was developed by the comms team, and those ‘green’ credentials have been cited as a major attraction by recently acquired partners

That said, desired experience includes:

– previous media relations experience, with a nose for what makes a good story
– the ability to evidence delivery of strong external communications
– writing with clarity and producing punchy copy will be second nature
– media-savvy, you’ll be able to spot potential risks, working to protect and promote the company’s reputation externally
– the ability to work with, and gain the trust of, a range of stakeholders
– PR and corporate comms experience is essential. Additional public affairs experience would be a plus

As a guide the role is paying up to £50k base