Communications Manager - 12 Month FTC

United Kingdom
04 Oct 2017
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Communications Manager - 12 Month FTC London £Competitive Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, is recruiting a Communications Manager to join its media team. We're looking for a talented PR professional who can communicate authoritatively with the media, ensuring accurate news coverage of our work. The successful candidate will communicate Ofcom's work to a variety of important audiences, principally the media. They will apply shrewd judgement and initiative to shape and influence opinions in the modern news environment. The Communications Manager will come to specialise in a specific range of subjects within Ofcom's remit. Our responsibilities span across telecoms, broadcasting, postal services, wireless devices, consumer and competition issues. This is an exciting time to join Ofcom, as we have recently taken on full regulation of the BBC. Candidates with experience or knowledge of broadcasting, or a passion for communications and technology, are particularly encouraged to apply. Key Responsibilities - Managing enquiries from all sections of the media - often national print and broadcast, but also regional, online, specialist and trade. - Helping to develop and enhance Ofcom's media profile by identifying opportunities and messages for journalists. - Speaking on behalf of Ofcom, communicating with authority to the media and sharing the positive results of our work. - Providing leadership on communications activity for policy and operational teams across the organisation. - Participating in an out-of-hours rota for media enquiries. Essential Skills/Experience You will have a strong track record in media relations, dealing with a variety of journalists and stakeholders at a high level. You will also have experience of operating effectively in a complex environment with multiple agendas and stakeholders. You will also be comfortable managing reputational issues and developing communications handling plans but also skilled at advising senior executives on communications issues. You will also: - Have a thorough understanding of the media and the requirements of journalists. - Possess a strong appetite for media relations, together with a sharp news sense and the ability to identify positive consumer angles with media appeal. - Have a very strong understanding of social media, how they affect traditional news media, and the opportunities they present. - Have excellent writing skills, and the ability to convert complex policy documents into plain English. - Be a quick learner, flexible and enthusiastic about working across a range of communications issues. - Have the ability to work on a number of demanding projects at once. Desirable skills/experience - Experience working at, or closely with, a public body or economic regulator. - Time spent working in the communications sector, or as a journalist. Closing date: 15/10/2017 To apply for the role of Communications Manager (Contract), please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. Additional Keywords: Communications Manager, Contract, PR, Public Relations, Media, Media Relations, Social Media, News Media, Journalist, Reporter, PR Manager, Media Communications Manager, Editor, Media Relations Manager.
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