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Did you know the UK is the world’s largest exporter of books?

As our country strives to build a global future, publishing is Britain’s greatest envoy. Do you want to play a part in sharing language, culture, expertise and stories with the world?

My client seeks a new External Communications Manager to develop effective communications across a range of different organisations including economic consultancies, political think tanks and charity partners. The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day proactive and reactive media activity, whilst nurturing contacts among key external audiences. They will work with the wider team and external providers to raise both the organisation’s and the industry’s profile, gaining impactful coverage for key issues and campaigns.

Being responsible for a range of high-quality leadership communications, the Communications Manager role will include speech writing, op-eds, comments, briefings and managing the press office inbox, whilst being the main point of contact for all media enquiries.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills and experience working in a busy press office or news environment as a press/media officer, account manager or journalist.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handling the organisation’s day-to-day media activity, including managing the planning calendar
  • Preparing statements, articles, media briefs, comments, speeches and press releases, both in support of direct organisational activity and across issues of interest
  • Engaging and building relations with all parts of the media, from specialist publications, through to national print, online and broadcast media as well as managing the press office inbox
  • Managing the media database and all contact lists
  • Undertaking regular media monitoring and evaluation
  • Working with external providers on campaigns and stories

Key Requirements:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, coupled with a keen news sense and highly proactive approach
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and distil into clear communications outputs
  • Proven track record in media relations, including story handling and the planning and execution of successful campaigns
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to interact successfully with journalists, key external stakeholders and providers
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills – with ability to remain calm under pressure, working to tight deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.

If you have the relevant experience and this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please get in touch with a copy of your CV as soon as possible via the form below.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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Associate Consultant Rose Bertie

Rose joined Hanson Search in 2021 as an associate consultant. Working to source candidates at the executive level, Rose provides support for consultants across all areas of the communications market. She specialises in corporate communications whilst building strong client and candidate relationships. Having previously worked as an interior designer, she managed projects from concept to completion. Rose graduated from Oxford Brookes University and KLC School of Design.

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