Account Executive - Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, Top PR Agency, Great Benefits

Company Description

Portland is an international communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organisations, governments and individuals in the world with offices in Washington DC, New York, Singapore, Doha and Nairobi, as well as in London.

At Portland we never rest on our laurels; we constantly strive to improve our work and be at the forefront of the industry.

The Team:

Our team brings together experience from the highest levels of the media, politics, and campaigning to work with global markets, challenger brands, NGOs, individuals and industry bodies.

We have an unrivalled strategic counsel and an integrated team experienced in delivering for high-profile companies and some of the most exciting entrants to the market.

Our journalistic expertise means we know how to spot and hone a story. Our team understands how to make a story work hard across every possible channel. We ensure the work we are doing is having the right impact with the right people.

We also provide expert advice and delivery in the digital world, taking in the complex interactions of social media.

The Role:

We are looking for an Account Executive to work for prestigious clients across both public affairs and corporate communications.

We are looking for someone who is able to work both independently and as part of a team to implement corporate communication strategies. The individual will require a good understanding of UK politics and the media.

The ideal candidate will bring a unique set of experiences and a well-developed point of view to our diverse communications team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping to coordinate and manage relationships with key clients
  • Helping to devise and manage proactive and reactive media engagement strategies
  • Monitoring political debates and major news announcements
  • Drafting a range of materials from press releases and opinion articles to political briefings and stakeholder letters
  • Supporting and, where necessary, coordinating and managing media sell-ins
  • Responding quickly and accurately to client requests
  • Helping to organise and coordinate events, press conferences, photo calls, and political or media contact programmes
  • Where necessary, participating in pitches and suggesting new lines of potential business
  • Undertaking ad-hoc research to support new business proposals and pitches

Requirements

Skills & Competencies:

  • Have a good feel for communications work, with an interest in the daily news agenda and some experience of media handling  
  • Have a good understanding of UK politics, the parliamentary process and how politics intersects with the media
  • Be organised with the ability to manage your own workload
  • Have the ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of information to tight deadlines ensuring accuracy and relevance;
  • Have the ability to communicate confidently with Portland staff, clients and other stakeholders

What we offer in return:

  • We are committed to employee development and have an open doors culture where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business. We regularly reward and promote success, and actively encourage staff to take on new challenges and responsibilities to aid progression.
  • Our remuneration package also includes our competitive pension contributions, private healthcare life assurance cover, company contribution to gym membership, company parties, free daily breakfast and much, much more!
  • In addition, every permanent member of staff that works at Portland is eligible for our industry leading quarterly bonus scheme and annual profit share. When Portland thrives, all of our people share in that success.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is unfortunately not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.

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