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Media Relations Manager

The role

Job title: Media Relations Manager

Job salary: £45,000 per annum

Job location: London, SE1

Deadline: 31st January 2023

Purpose of the job

Smart meters are an integral part of one of Britain’s largest infrastructure and technology upgrades, providing Britain with a smart energy system to help the nationreach net zero. Smart Energy GB exists to get as many smart meters in people’s homes and small businesses by creating and delivering demand-generating marketing and communications which are as effective as possible.

The Corporate Communications team plays an integral role in the wider Public Relations department and is key to protecting and enhancing the reputation of smartmeters and the rollout.

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Communications, your role is to protect and enhance the reputation of Great Britain’s smart meter rollout among influential national, regional and trade media through reactive media handling and proactive corporate communications.

You will be an astute and experienced media handler – used to dealing with complex and high-profile issues, preparing statements for the media, and communicating with journalists. You will work closely with SEGB’s Corporate Affairs team to build integrated campaigns that protect and promote the reputation of the rollout among stakeholders.

The wider PR department operates a 24/7 press office and strives to create a media environment in which people would consider requesting a smart meter installation.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Deal effectively with high profile and sensitive media enquiries, handling them in a timely and accurate manner. This includes preparing statements and briefing journalists, to help protect and enhance the reputation of the smart meter rollout
  • Establish strong working relationships with a wide range of media – national, regional and trade – to increase their knowledge and advocacy of the rollout
  • Prepare senior SEGB spokespeople for print and broadcast media interviews by drafting briefing documents, leading interview practice, and arranging and attending interviews with them
  • Produce high-quality written work in a timely and relevant way – including press releases, Q&As, and opinion pieces
  • Design, develop and deliver creative communication campaigns that influence the news media debate about smart meters
  • Work with colleagues across the PR team to develop messaging and contribute to the evaluation of campaigns
  • Work closely with the Corporate Affairs team to assist with the delivery of integrated stakeholder-focused campaigns
  • Work with agencies on proactive PR campaigns, ensuring that they are properly briefed and that consolidated and clear feedback is given in a timely manner
  • Work collaboratively with SEGB’s corporate communications agency
  • Build strong relationships with external partners including energy suppliers, BEIS and other third-party stakeholders
  • Provide advice and counsel to SEGB colleagues on media-related matters
  • Monitor traditional and social media to identify stories and commentary that is relevant to SEGB, in order to engage journalists and external stakeholders
  • Monthly media evaluation and reporting may be required
  • Take part in the 24/7 duty press office rota (inc. out of hours), responding quickly and robustly to reactive media requests and opportunities while seeking corrections or clarifications to misleading or inaccurate articles
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Head of Corporate Communications

Skills, experience and competencies

  • You will have strong experience in corporate communications management in a busy news office environment, combining strong issues and crisis communications management skills with proactive thought leadership experience and skills
  • Strong experience in crafting media statements, messages and Q&As on complex and delicate issues
  • Experience in building strong relationships with journalists, an excellent news sense and an understanding of the working and needs of a range of online, print and broadcast media
  • Experience of briefing and managing senior colleagues ahead of high-profile broadcast interview opportunities
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and quickly grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Experience of delivering PR campaigns through from idea development to delivery and evaluation
  • Team working and an ability to act as external ambassador for Smart Energy GB
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal/writing)
  • Appreciation of the objectives and activities of Smart Energy GB
  • Appreciate the diversity of the people and communities of Great Britain and embrace this diversity in your approach to work

About us

Our Challenge

Welcome to Smart Energy GB. It’s our task to engage everyone in England Scotland and Wales with the national rollout of smart meters - and we are all thrilled to have this once-in-a-career chance to communicate with the whole of our diverse nation.

Every British home and microbusiness has the opportunity to upgrade to new gas and electricity smart meters, which will utterly transform the way we all buy and use energy and pave the way to a smarter, more energy efficient future. It’s one of the biggest technological and infrastructural investments of our time, the smart meter rollout has already converted just over 50 per cent of British households. The goal for this voluntary technological upgrade is to engage every household in Great Britain, and so there is a continuing critical role for Smart Energy GB in the years ahead (government has recently indicated that Smart Energy GB’s campaign should continue until at least 2025, and potentially beyond).

Our campaign is one of the most far-reaching of any campaign in the country. We are talking to consumers from all backgrounds, across the whole of Great Britain. Our legal duties mean that we have a particular need to make sure that consumers who are harder to reach or need greater support are not left behind (already an important part of our responsibilities and likely to be an increasing focus over the period leading to 2025).

It’s an exciting time to join one of the most talented and creative teams in the country. We have an exciting mission, and we pride ourselves on having a fully inclusive working environment.

We love what we do. We are flexible, eager to learn and hugely motivated by this chance to be part of one of the biggest-ever behaviour change campaigns, which brings with it benefits for both individual households and the environment.

We’re looking forward to meeting you, and hope you’ll be as fired up about the challenge ahead as we are.

The Smart Energy GB team

Diversity

Diversity

Smart Energy GB is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We actively encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in the marketing and communications sector. We have identified ethnic minority, disability, gender and lower socio-economic background as the key areas we would like to focus our recruitment efforts in. Therefore, we are keen to hear from female applicants, applicants that belong to the ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and applicants from a lower socio-economic background.

We collect and analyse equal opportunity information to make our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible. As such, we will require you provide us with information relating to our equality monitoring mission as part of your application.

We’re building a team that is able to understand the needs of and effectively communicate with the whole of our diverse nation. So, if you’re applying for a job with us, we’d like to hear how you can help us do this.

Disability Confident Scheme

We have the Disability Confident Leader status and we are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive and fair as possible for all applicants. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to help us make the most of the talents of those with disabilities and/or health conditions in the workplace.

All disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the job as set out in the job description and person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If there’s anything we can do to make our interview process or working environment more inclusive and to meet your particular needs please let us know. Our offices have full wheelchair access.

We consider our commitment to the Disability Confident scheme in many aspects of our work life, including our offices. We moved to a new London office in September 2021, and having an accessible layout was a high priority in this search.

All In Champions

We’re committed to creating a workplace where everyone feels like they belong. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the first organisations awarded All In Champion status, as part of the Advertising Association, ISBA and IPA’s initiative. To achieve this, we provided evidence that we have adopted the first six actions from the All In Action Plan – improving the experience and representation of:

  • Black talent
  • Disabled talent
  • Working-class talent
  • Women
  • Asian talent
  • Older talent

You can read more about how to become an All In Champion and what it means here.

Rooney Rule

We are building a team that is able to understand the needs of and effectively communicate with the whole of our diverse nation. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the wider population. This includes the representation of people from ethnic minorities and lower socio-economic backgrounds. We apply the Rooney Rule to achieve this.

Subject to consent, out of the candidates who meet the essential selection criteria for the role and who are from ethnic minority or lower socio-economic backgrounds, at least one will be shortlisted for the next stage in the recruitment process, which is usually an interview.

Benefits

Benefits

Every member of our team goes above and beyond, helps one another out and contributes to the achievement of our ambitious goals. We think it’s only right for us to reward them accordingly:

  • Competitive pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Gym memberships
  • Private medical insurance
  • Annual health check
  • Annual eye test
  • Season ticket loan
  • Five annual volunteer days
  • £1,000 (net) work anniversary gift
  • Option to buy additional annual leave
  • Option to take out a personal loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • An in-house wellbeing programme, Thrive
  • Free standard breakfast and healthy snacks are provided every day in the office to support a positive working environment

Thrive

We take our role as an employer seriously and work hard to create a great place for people to work. But we also have an opportunity to support our employees outside work. In order to do so, we’ve rolled out Thrive; a programme to help our people live healthier, feel better and deal with life’s curveballs.

Through our employee assistance programme we’re all able to, anonymously and confidentially, access financial, medical and mental health advice if we would ever need it. We’ve even extended this offer to our employees’ immediate families. Throughout the year we also invite various experts, such as mental health and wellbeing coaches to help us live life a little smarter.

Alongside this, we also have the ‘Thrive Room’ in our London office, which is used as a private and comfortable space. It can be used for people to take time out, meditate, pray, or for new mums returning to work who may be breastfeeding and need to express milk.