Senior PR Executive

Recruiter
Ocado
Location
Hertfordshire
Posted
18 Apr 2019
Closes
10 May 2019
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The way that people shop is changing, fast. We are the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer and have built a pioneering online shopping and fulfilment solution that has revolutionised the way people buy groceries and more. We make shopping liberating: quicker, simpler, more personal and more convenient – and we’ve won consumers awards galore for this incredible customer-centric approach. Join us today to help revolutionise the weekly shop.

This important role will focus on creating positive press coverage that will in turn drive brand awareness and commercial success. The Senior PR Executive is responsible for all consumer public relations activity for Ocado. As such, they are the official gatekeeper of information about Ocado where consumer media is concerned, as well as being a pro-active advocate of the company - ensuring high levels of positive, great quality media coverage. You must have experience and a proven track record in the end-to-end delivery of awareness-driving and fame-enhancing campaigns. Excellent media contacts in the food and lifestyle media, as well as experience in issues management would be an advantage.

Key responsibilities include:

* Responsible for strategically developing, executing, and measuring the Ocado Retail PR strategy

* Work closely with senior stakeholders to ensure the desired company image is portrayed in the media and wider public domain

* Pro-actively organise interviews, press releases and campaigns (across media and digital channels) to promote the brand, proposition and products

* Monitor and evaluate Ocado’s coverage in the press, ensuring the right messages are getting through, and that negative PR is handled effectively

* Oversee Marketing PR budget and consumer PR agencies to ensure work is carried out in alignment with the Retail and Marketing strategy building brand awareness and to drive commercial success

* Use insight to uncover interesting trends and data that can be used to fuel the Ocado story

* Work closely with the Marketing and Social media team to exploit opportunities across all relevant marcomms channels

* Oversee the press office and manage and foster media relationships with key targets, ensuring that an ‘always on’ hard working product and news hub delivers against KPIs.

* Line management of Press Officer, providing strong and inspired leadership, setting clear performance expectations, accountabilities and feedback.

Knowledge & Experience

Minimum:

* At least five years proven experience in consumer PR (in-house or agency)

* Proven experience of improving ROI and effectiveness of PR through solid metrics

* Capable of building and developing strong internal relationships through collaboration

* Retail or online background beneficial

* Experience working with consumer PR agencies

* Experience with regular PR agency evaluation and leading search processes and pitches as required.

Skills & Attributes

* Excellent communication skills

* Highly literate - able to produce clear, concise and effective press releases and PR material

* Calm, effective manner – should be good in a crisis

* Very diplomatic – in terms of copy, phone conversation and networking situations

* Adaptability within a fast-growing company environment – a desire to grow with the business

* Highly organised and self-motivated

Benefits

* Pension

* Life Assurance

* Private Medical Insurance

* Employee Assistance Programme

* Income Protection

* 23 days holiday, increasing to 25 with 3 years’ service

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ocado is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employers are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status

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