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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced candidate to lead a talented team directing a range of integrated public affairs and communications accounts, form an integral part of the company’s decision-making senior team, and take a leading role in identifying and securing new business to ensure the company’s continued growth.

The new Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director would thrive in a fast-moving entrepreneurial atmosphere, have a love of politics and a high level of professionalism, and be a motivational and trusted leader. We’re looking for someone with substantial experience in strategic communications, reputation management and external relations either in agency or in-house, or with equivalent experience in government or the media.

Job Description

  • Delivering national & international integrated corporate communications, PR and public affairs campaigns for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to further their business objectives;
  • Leading the creation and execution of high-profile PR campaigns that generate substantial and sustained media coverage for a variety of clients across different sectors;
  • Delivering  high-level  client outcomes,  achieving profitability  and account growth  across a client cluster or leading on a particular policy area;
  • Leading on new business development and meeting growth targets, including development of new business strategies, taking the lead in pitches, identifying opportunities for potential clients and growing existing accounts;
  • Working as part of the senior leadership team to drive forward  Whitehouse  business strategies and meet business targets, playing a central role in training and developing staff and in delivering the Whitehouse marketing strategy;
  • Development of communication, PR and public affairs strategies and overseeing high-quality production of materials including reports, briefs, press releases, speeches, social media content and presentations;
  • Managing relationships with key stakeholders, including parliamentarians, government officials and journalists, and managing press office activities;
  • Devising and implementing reputation management and crisis communications strategies;
  • Working with the other Directors to manage the company’s overall PR including website and its other digital presence;
  • Line management of consultants including regular reviews and personal development plans.

Core Competencies

  • Substantial experience in a senior strategic communications and external relations role;
  • A thorough and extensive knowledge of the political processes in the UK. Understanding of European politics and public affairs a bonus;
  • Substantial experience of  delivering  public affairs,  media relations  and social media strategies;
  • A demonstrable ability to devise and carry out successful integrated political communications campaigns for organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors with demonstrable outcomes;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate persuasively with a range of decision makers along with senior corporate personnel;
  • Exceptional writing skills and great attention to detail;
  • Experience of building and maintaining relationships with key journalists, including pitching, interviewing and all press office management;
  • Experience of working with the mechanisms of government and parliament to drive forward change;
  • Experience of presenting reports and presentations both verbally and in writing;
  • Demonstrable ability to identify and drive forwards new business opportunities;
  • Substantial experience of line management;
  • Demonstrable experience in managing multiple work streams and the ability to prioritise own workload. 

To Apply

Please click on the Apply link below to email a CV and covering letter to Isabella Sharp by the 8th February outlining why you would like this role and your relevant experience. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

Apply online

  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:59pm on Monday 8th February 2021