Global Communications Officer

Clipper Race
Gosport, Hampshire
Commensurate with experience. 
10 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016
Full Time
Contract Type

The Role
Rare opportunity for a sports and adventure loving Communications Officer to join the busy Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team and directly influence the success of its unique and highly inspirational global media campaign.

We’re looking for candidates with a minimum of three years journalistic or PR experience within a relevant media organisation or department who possess excellent writing and reporting skills, the ability to work quickly under pressure, have a hot grasp of digital and social media, and perhaps most crucially, possess a passion for people and storytelling.

Knowledge and experience of sailing is desirable but not essential; however a thirst for adventure and the ability to learn the job quickly and identify and pitch stories in a timely fashion is vital.

Experience of placing lifestyle, sports and/or business stories is an advantage and the ability to proof and write creative and engaging copy is paramount.

Candidates must be motivated self-starters with the ability to work using their initiative, and should be aware that the role will involve travelling away for extended periods, plus extensive weekend and out of hours working during the race year, which can at times make this role an endurance challenge in its own right.

Communications team members will undergo basic Clipper Race on-water training to provide experience and insight into ocean racing demands, principles and nomenclature.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The Global Communications Officer reports to the Head of Global Communications. Duties include but are not limited to the following key roles and responsibilities:

Press and Public Relations

  • Maintain and develop our database of international media and communications contacts
  • Develop a positive dialogue with key media contacts, often on different time zone
  • Maintain an awareness of Clipper Ventures and sponsor communications objectives and plans
  • Create and deliver media news and features to achieve these objectives
  • Write effective press releases on a wide range of Clipper Race aspects from crew stories and race results, to sponsor news for a wide range of partners
  • Support continuous social media content development, feeds and response
  • Respond to external media and sponsor enquiries in a timely and effective fashion
  • Liaise with external suppliers of media materials as required, such as photography, video/TV production, websites, etc
  • Produce and update content on the Clipper Race website and for the race Press Pack
  • Support the development and implementation of digital and social media PR plans
  • Manage requests from media for interviews with crew, skippers and members of the Race Team in agreed ports of call
  • Provide office-based support for other members of the communications team while they are travelling and working in stopovers
  • Write Daily Race Updates (in rotation with the other members of the team) while the race is in action


Internal Communications

  • Support the creation and dissemination of timely and accurate internal communications of all external announcements and bespoke information as directed


Advertising, Marketing and Events

  • Provide proofing and copywriting as required to support the Head of Brand in production of advertising, marketing, display, printed materials, websites and events programmes, as directed by the Global Communications Manager



  • Adhere to all Clipper Ventures procurement, order and approval procedures, seeking authority and approvals as appropriate
  • Support all communications development and delivery
  • To support any activity outside these key roles and responsibilities to help maintain the efficient running of the company and to meet its obligations to stakeholders, including but not limited to: crew, sponsors, partners, suppliers and internal departments
  • To behave in a professional manner at all times, including appearance, branded clothing as appropriate and general conduct. To do nothing, on or off-duty, to bring the company or the Clipper Race into ill repute
  • Must have sufficient visas to be able to work in the UK, and be able to live within commutable distance of the Clipper Race’s Gosport HQ, Hampshire


Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong work ethic and stamina
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and manage projects independently
  • Ability to manage different projects at the same time
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible on working out of hours and weekends
  • Good organisational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Good presentation skills


Closing Date: 20 October 2016.

To apply, please click 'Apply' with your CV and covering letter. 

Candidates must be available for interview at end of October/early November at Clipper Ventures HQ in Gosport, Hampshire. Role start date December approx, dependent on notice periods.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s largest scale ocean adventure and is also regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of twelve teams competing against each other on a matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing. It is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.

This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firemen, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date was 75.

Whether they choose to take on  the whole circumnavigation or compete in one or more of eight individual legs, all our crew achieve something remarkable as they conquer some of the world’s most challenging oceans.

The overall route is split into a series of approximately 14 races and points are awarded for each race. The team with the highest cumulative points at the end of the final race wins the series, and the Clipper Race trophy.

In the 2015-16 edition of this biennial challenge, 690 people from more than 44 different countries took part, and over 4,000 novice sailors have been transformed into ocean racers throughout Clipper Race history so far. The next race starts in August 2017 and will be the event’s eleventh edition.

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