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Title Senior press officer (Midlands and South West)
Ref HE/3253
Directorate Communications
Location Birmingham or Bristol
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 22 Jan 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new Government company that operates, maintains and improves England’s network of motorways and major A roads. This network is around 4,300 miles long and while it represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length it carries a third of all traffic by mileage as well as two thirds of heavy goods traffic, making it the backbone of the country.

We have around 3,500 staff based in seven offices around the country including a uniformed Traffic Officer service in control centres and patrolling key areas of the network. Highways England is held to account by two bodies who act on behalf of the public – The Office of Rail and Roads monitor the performance of our highways and Transport Focus champion the needs of road users.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website: http://www.highways.gov.uk/highways-england/

Job Description

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Press Officer to be based in either our Bristol or Birmingham office, with travel involved.

As a senior press officer in the company’s communications directorate, you will play a key role, leading a regional team to communicate our exciting programme to deliver £15bn Government investment in roads to 2021.

You will be part of one of the busiest press offices in the country – operating 24/7 to keep people informed about our motorways and major A roads, helping to keep traffic moving.

Working as part of the wider press office management team, you will  lead a team of press officers to support the business and promote its reputation by planning, organising and delivering a high quality media relations service to a broad range of media.

Key responsibilities:

To lead a team of press officers predominantly covering the Midlands and South West regions, to provide a high quality professional media relations service, and to protect and enhance the reputation of the business.

To develop and maintain relationships with journalists to encourage greater advocacy of the company through the media.

To develop and maintain relationships with colleagues in the business and in supply chain organisations, sharing good practice and coordinating activity to achieve common goals.

To provide media handling advice to colleagues across the business, including developing and implementing handling plans for projects and sensitive issues.

To support the delivery of national campaigns at a regional level, taking the lead on areas of expertise.

To evaluate media handling activity and share learning and best practice with colleagues to ensure as wide a rollout as appropriate.

Experience/Skills/Qualifications:

Business Knowledge

  • A track record of effective leadership
  • Specialist media communications knowledge and experience, underpinned by relevant professional qualifications or training.
  • A track record of generating impactful, creative coverage in both print and broadcast media.
  • Political astuteness.
  • Ability to demonstrate building relationships with journalists.
  • Ability to demonstrate working in a pressured environment, managing crisis situations and working with other organisations.

Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Experience working with people across a business to support them to engage via the media.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the impact and value of your work.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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