Working for the UK’s insolvency and restructuring trade body, you will be an integral part of a busy five-person press, policy and public affairs team covering a cross-section of business and personal finance issues, from the challenges of business rescue to white collar crime, pensions, and dealing with personal debt. The UK’s insolvency and restructuring regime is ranked as one of the best in the world by the World Bank and is a crucial part of the UK’s economy.
The role reports into the Senior Communications Manager and you will contribute to R3’s national PR activity while running R3’s regional PR activity. You will have a significant budget for local PR providers and the opportunity to work on other policy and public affairs projects. This role would suit an organised self-starter looking to develop a career in professional services or financial PR.
R3 is the insolvency and restructuring profession’s voice for communicating with the press, government, parliament, and other stakeholders at national and regional level. R3 is a forum for debate on the key issues facing the profession and we are often at the forefront of developing and promoting reforms.
Insolvency – whether corporate or personal – can be a contentious and sometimes emotional issue and it is important that the insolvency and restructuring regime and the work of the insolvency profession are presented in an objective and understandable way. We ensure that public debate on insolvency and restructuring matters is fair and informed.
Qualifications and experience
The ideal candidate would be educated to degree level and demonstrate some experience of PR, ideally within a professional services or trade association environment. An interest in public policy would be desirable.
You must be a self-starter and target driven. The external nature of this role requires an astute and diplomatic team player, able to convince R3’s members of the merits of PR activity.
Good writing skills are essential, with an eye for detail and ambition to grow in the role.
Organisational skills are required for typical administrative activity associated with communications work.
National PR activity
Working within an agreed communications strategy you will be conducting day-to-day media operations alongside the Senior Communications Manager. This includes: drafting press material; contributing to R3’s social media presence; identifying and maximising opportunities for national coverage; establishing and maintaining contact with journalists; providing media support for R3’s executive team; sourcing case studies and other media material; and conducting research to support PR work.
With a significant annual budget for a network of regional PR providers, you will be responsible for managing R3’s regional press achievements and justifying this spend. You will ensure best value from the current PR providers. Working alongside R3’s Regional committees and regional PR providers, you will generate quality regional PR coverage. This work includes: dealing with requests for content; identifying potential regional opportunities, adapting R3 material; co-ordinating media training for regional spokespeople; developing bespoke regional PR strategies; leading a monthly ‘phone-in’ with regional PR providers and also organising face to face meetings. Some regional travel will be required.
Written material and presentations
Your role will include contributing articles to R3’s monthly email for members, writing for R3’s quarterly members’ magazine, contributing to R3’s blog, and helping to prepare presentation material and speeches.
Recording and collating all R3 press coverage, you will also contribute to the publication of the team’s reports for key internal stakeholders, including R3’s Council.
Contributing to the team
As an important member of R3’s press, policy and public affairs team, your input during group discussions will be encouraged and valued. You will provide PR support to policy and public affairs initiatives as part of a proactive and coordinated team.
You will have the opportunity to attend training sessions and workshops as part of your personal development programme.
Background to the team
R3’s press and public affairs team is award nominated and award winning. The team’s personal insolvency reform work was nominated for a 2015 CIPR Excellence award; our campaign on legal funding reforms in insolvency cases was nominated for ‘trade body campaign of the year’ at the 2015 Public Affairs awards; in 2014, the ‘trade body campaign of the year’ and ‘in-house team of the year’ at the Public Affairs awards; and in 2012, the team won two PRCA awards.
Using the boxes below, please send us your CV and a covering letter which explains why you are interested in the role and why you believe you would be a suitable candidate. We will contact candidates for a first interview in due course.