Press and Communications Officer, British Chambers of Commerce
Posted on 17th July 2019

SALARY: £30-34K DoE

LOCATION: St James Park

BENEFITS: Pension, healthcare and travel card loan

TYPE: Permanent

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with local Chambers of Commerce situated across the length and breadth of the UK. Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to develop their career to become a part of the Media and Communications team at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Working closely with the Executive Directors and reporting directly to the Press and Communication Manager, the successful applicant will play a supporting yet important role in delivering the BCC’s communications strategy.

The Officer will contribute to and help drive the organisation’s objectives through sustained creative media strategies, with a particular focus on integrated media plans to support a strong campaigning approach, which aims to create positive change for business.

In the current environment it’s more important than ever to champion the voice of business, commenting on key announcements and policy developments from Westminster and around the country, as well as monitoring economic trends and representing the issues most important to our business communities.

Working to multiple and tight deadlines, day to day duties include drafting reactive media comments; writing press releases; liaising with and pitching stories to national and trade journalists; coordinating with Chambers on case studies and messaging.

Furthermore, as part of the small team, the candidate will drive the BCC’s digital offering, including social media, video editing and maintaining the company’s website, as well as compiling media statistics and analysis.

Person Specification:

  • The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate an impressive understanding of the news agenda and business issues. Previous experience of working in a press office or as a journalist is preferred, but for an outstanding candidate not essential.
  • They will also be able to demonstrate:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong, existing relationships with media contacts
  • Digital skills and a strong social media interest
  • A sound news judgment, and understanding of what makes a good news story
  • Knowledge of, or ability to develop knowledge of, important business-related issues across a range of policy areas
  • Strong organisational and planning skills, and demonstrable experience of multi-tasking and prioritising work to fit with tight deadlines
  • A keen eye for detail, good proofing skills and ability to adapt writing styles for different channels
  • Capability to be a self-starter but also a team-player that can work closely with colleagues in the public affairs, policy, marketing and commercial departments
  • A hard-working attitude, and the ability to work well under pressure

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead on proactive press releases and draft reactive media comment relating to key government announcements, economic statistics and BCC research
  • Help drive the development of proactive media plans as part of the broader communications strategy and campaign work
  • Promote BCC policy positions and proactive outputs to media and key external stakeholders
  • Organise broadcast opportunities and prepare briefs to support to BCC spokespeople
  • Help the Press and Communications Manager develop and implement digital offering for external and internal purposes, including creating content, filming videos and updating the website
  • Ability to keep on top of the news agenda and maintain relationships with media contacts, to monitor upcoming announcements and areas for comment
  • Work with colleagues across the Chamber Network to support them in media efforts, provide toolkits around proactive BCC messaging, share best practice, and field case study requests
  • Identify, pitch and develop thought-leadership opportunities and draft opinion articles and letters to the editor from key spokespeople
  • Compile and proof-read internal and external communications
  • Flexibility to be on-call for media relations outside of normal working hours including being part of weekend on-call rota (usually 1 in 3 weekends)

Those wishing to apply should send a CV and covering letter to Annabel Botsford by the 23rd of August.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.