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We are looking for a talented Senior Consultant (Public Affairs or PR) to play a key role in our growing Northern office based in central Manchester.

The successful applicant will enjoy opportunities to work with a fantastic variety of clients, providing support across public affairs, property, corporate communications and social value. Although our core business is real estate and planning communications, we work for clients across many other sectors, including finance, food & beverage, retail and leisure, helping clients meet their commercial objectives.

Candidates must be excellent copy writers and strong personal communicators, able to express themselves confidently and articulately. Agency experience is an advantage but relevant experience inhouse is also highly desirable. Experience of property and planning communications, including community and stakeholder engagement, is desirable but not essential; so if your skills match what we are looking for, we would love to hear from you!

The support we provide clients with is strategic in nature and often has a strong public affairs dimension. Political experience and understanding is therefore an advantage, for example experience of being a local councillor, or working for a political party or MP.

Key skills and character:

  • Positive, enthusiastic and problem-solving, with a strong character to enrich our team;
  • Excellent copywriter, producing high-quality work on time, sometimes under pressure;
  • A confident, articulate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Organised, with strong time management skills and excellent attention to detail;
  • Clear strategic thinker with problem solving abilities;
  • Able to work independently, take the initiative and solve problems.

Desirable experience:

  • Working at a mid-senior level in strategic communications, including public affairs and PR;
  • Working at a mid-senior level in strategic communications inhouse;
  • Record of successful client management and account development in agency;
  • Working for a political party or in a role linked to national or local politics;
  • Familiarity with the planning system, including community and stakeholder engagement.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Owning relationships with clients and providing senior strategic communication counsel;
  • Playing a key role in responding to new business briefs and pitching to prospective clients;
  • Developing and delivering communication, campaign and engagement strategies;
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues to provide quality assurance across accounts;
  • Mentoring junior colleagues and playing a role in their professional development.

In return, we can offer you:

  • A competitive salary (plus performance related bonus);
  • A structured career path and regular development meetings;
  • Flexible hybrid working and fabulous central Manchester offices;
  • Collaboration with the wider Lexington Group’s teams in London and beyond;
  • 25 days holiday plus half a day’s leave for birthday;
  • Pension;
  • Private Health;
  • Two days’ leave a year for volunteering;
  • £250 annual personal development grant to be spent on hobbies;
  • Comprehensive training programme, including external and internal trainers and personal coaching;
  • Strong team culture, team socials, Christmas parties and more.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Tuesday 23rd July 2024