Senior Press Officer

London Bridge
£30-32K + PRP + Benefits
11 Nov 2013
11 Dec 2013
Full Time
Contract Type



London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to overseas business, event organisers, students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.

Purpose of role
As Senior Press Officer you will provide global media and PR coverage across all business areas: FDI, major events, business and leisure tourism, and higher education. This coverage should effectively champion London's excellence as a world-class destination to visit, conduct business and study. Your work will also help to build London & Partners’ reputation in the media as an innovative, insightful and desirable strategic and commercial partner.

You will work closely with our Media & PR, Consumer Marketing, Audience Insight and Brand teams, the GLA and other stakeholders to maximise media outreach, producing proactive and reactive press communications and developing and maintaining a strong network of media contacts. You will help to deliver an integrated and effective strategy for generating international media coverage and will work on a variety of projects as the business requires.

Key tasks

  • Create and distribute high quality, high impact press release and presentations for relevant media
  • Assist the Media & PR Managers with content sourcing and media outreach work e.g. organising and conducting interviews with key spokespeople / journalists
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key journalists and broadcasters and manage our network of media contacts
  • Manage day-to-day press office functions including press line and email queries
  • Create and distribute regular internal updates newsletters for national and international media
  • Provide press support for internal and external events, projects and launches, ensuring that all parties e.g. media companies have all relevant articles / documents
  • Manage press trips as and when required
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on media coverage
  • Deliver swift and effective crisis management communications (issuing statements, briefings and acting as a credible spokesperson for London & Partners)
  • Provide professional and strategic media and PR advice and support to teams and stakeholders
  • Provide suggestions for feature ideas and itineraries for incoming media
  • Feed new ideas into London & Partners’ Media & PR strategy
  • Deputise for the Media & PR Managers when unavailable
  • Manage relevant budgets, delivering good value for money and identifying benefits in kind
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as allocated by the line manager

Key relationships

  • Media & PR Managers (FDI, Business Tourism, Leisure Tourism, Projects)
  • Head of Media & PR
  • Research and insight team
  • National and international media
  • Variety of external stakeholder relations

Person Specification

The successful candidate will demonstrate:-

Knowledge and Experience

  • Relevant degree or professional qualification preferred
  • Relevant and extensive experience of working in a busy press office environment, preferably within international business
  • Experience of successfully running commercial PR campaigns desirable
  • Previous experience of acting as a spokesperson for the organisation
  • Experience of building effective relationships at all levels and managing a complex set of relationships
  • Experience of supporting and advising colleagues in media & PR matters
  • Understanding of the London media & PR landscape

Personal style and behaviour

  • Strong organisational skills – ability to prioritise effectively and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills – verbal & written
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to identify and maximise business opportunities
  • Demonstrable problem solving abilities
  • Ability to translate complex business objectives into simple easy to understand messages and communications
  • Self-driven and results oriented with a positive outlook and clear focus on high quality outcomes
  • Creative thinker who keeps abreast of industry news and innovations
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about London!