Press Officer

Michael Page Marketing
£35731 - £42100 per annum + Car/ Car allowance
Closing date
2 Nov 2020

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Public Sector organisation driving on fairness, inclusion and respect for all.


The Key responsibilities for the Press Officer are:

1. Works autonomously as part of the nation management team - as well as within the Press Team/across GB - to develop, plan, implement and evaluate a Media Relations Strategy to proactively manage Companies reputation in the media. Makes decisions to ensure that the right key messages reach the right audience(s) at the correct time via the most appropriate media outlets and social media channels.

2. Leads on management of controversial, complex or sensitive press issues, drawing on specialist skills and experience to assess risk and mitigate any damage to Companies reputation. Implements the crisis communication strategy where required, providing swift and comprehensive reputation management advice and guidance to Exec, LT and managers across the business.

3. Establishes and maintains a strong network of internal relationships (e.g. Policy, Apprenticeships, Funding, Marketing & Comms, Products, Legal) in order to develop and maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the organisation and its key strategic issues. Uses this insight to produce relevant, high-quality content in a range of formats, tailored to various channels, audiences and PR campaigns.

4. As the principal point of contact for media relations in the relevant nation, establishes and maintains strong, effective and collaborative working relationships with key media professionals (in the nation and beyond) and deploys effective influencing skills to ensure Companies position as the 'go to' body for insight and expertise in construction skills is retained and promoted. Facilitates partnership working between Companies and other senior professionals in GB/devolved government and industry press offices.


The successful Press Officer will have:

* Self-starting with ability to work autonomously with little supervision.
* A relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification.
* Demonstrable track record in journalism, PR or equivalent profession.
* Excellent written and oral communications skills.
* Problem-solving and strategic thinking abilities.
* Political awareness, particularly in relevant nation. Ability to influence and negotiate effectively and with diplomacy across a range of stakeholders, up to the most senior level.

Role Profile
* Proven track record in successful crisis management and reputational issues, providing measured media advice.
* Ability to create high-quality content across a range of formats, including blogs and social media content and to provide guidance and advice to colleagues to do the same.
* Awareness of the changing news agenda and political landscape in Scotland and the UK and 'nose for news'.
* Strong editing and proof-reading skills.
* IT and web based skills.

* Knowledge of the construction industry and built environment.
* Knowledge of issues related to skills, training and employment.
* Experience in filming and editing videos and audio for social media.

Job Offer

The successful Press Officer will receive:

£35,000 - £42,000

+ Company Car or Car Allowance (£5,150)

+ Benefits

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