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JR-1427 Requisition #
Senior PR Executive 
 
Closing Date : 12/02/2021
 
Job Overview
 
This role is a great opportunity for a media relations star with good business to business PR experience. Part of the broader Brand, Communications & Marketing team, the successful candidate will play a key role advocating for Clifford Chance in the pursuit of its most critical strategic priorities.
 
Who you will work with
 
Working within a friendly team for an international law firm the successful candidate will develop long-lasting relationships with target journalists and play a crucial role in the firm's busy press office.
 
The UK PR team handles media communications for all activity in London and Newcastle, both planned and reactive, and frequently collaborates with international colleagues in providing support and counsel to our global network of offices. As such you will work with lawyers, management, business development professionals and PR colleagues around the world.
 
What you will be responsible for
 
The successful candidate will be responsible for consistently increasing the profile of several practice areas, managing the activity in support of the practices on a day to day basis and supporting in the development of the strategy. This role will also play a key part in supporting the firm's HR/graduate recruitment function and Responsible Business agenda. 
 
What you will do
 
The candidate will be expected to take a keen interest in the legal sector and the broader business arena and have the ability to translate the intellectual capital of the firm into compelling content for target media outlets.
 
• Work with priority business areas and PR leads to develop and deliver media relations plans in support of the business strategy
• Actively develop media pitches, through a combination of topical news comment, feature pitches and working with the business to develop newsworthy briefings
• Draft press releases on client work and news about the firm
• Quickly and effectively manage in-bound media inquiries
• Build effective relationships with key journalists and Clifford Chance spokespeople, to ensure that we are able to offer valuable media opportunities to the business and timely insights to the press. Priority media include key national and international business media and quality trade publications
• Support the development of lasting relationships between key journalists and key Clifford Chance spokespeople
• Manage media briefings, including advising spokespeople on media handling and arranging media training where appropriate
• Monitor and pitch for editorial calendar opportunities relevant to the firm's PR priorities
• Keep abreast of current affairs, particularly those that relevant to the environment our clients operate in
• Support the international PR network by sharing successful media approaches and packages, and ensuring that PR work is joined-up across internal communications and marketing channels
• Managing and improving the core operations of the press office
 
Your career experience so far
Experience
 
• Experience of working in a busy public relations environment, preferably with agency and B2B exposure
• Successful track record of managing projects and responsibility for the day to day delivery of client account work 
• Demonstrable ability to achieve media outcomes that support the organisation's strategic and commercial goals
• Experience of working with professional services clients would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite
Skills and knowledge
• A demonstrable enthusiasm and aptitude for media relations, with evidence of good media relationships and delivering results within tier one media targets
• Persuasive oral and written communication – in particular an ability to produce news-friendly copy, as well as longer feature and opinion pieces
• A good understanding of social media in the B2B context
• Awareness and appreciation of different cultural dynamics within businesses and the media landscape
 
Qualifications
• Ideally be educated to degree level or equivalent
 
Personal qualities
• Adopts a problem-solving approach and takes a new perspective using existing solutions
• Works with limited day to day supervision and excellent attention to detail
• Plans and organises effectively to meet business priorities
• Communicates clearly, persuasively and with sensitivity, both orally and in writing
• Understands role in the broader context of the team, the firm and its clients
• Gathers and analyses information and shares the insight gained to bring about good decisions, solutions and action
• Forms strong working relationships with others and uses those relationships to benefit both the group and the firm as a whole
• Exhibits self-motivation and flexibility to improve continuously both quality of delivery and personal performance – the candidate will be expected to keep abreast of developments and trends at relevant news outlets
• Shows commitment to the team and demonstrates reliability as an active participant taking the initiative to help make things happen
How we will support you From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and develop your skills and knowledge. From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.
 
About the Firm
Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you’re heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.
Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career. 
 
We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.
 
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Interested? To find out more about what it is like to work at Clifford Chance in the London office please visit our careers site

 
Equal Opportunities
 

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. We believe that each and every one of us should experience an equality of opportunity and an equality of experience here. We are always working to develop and deliver the best and most innovative approaches to make that happen. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our Firm and society.

 

We are therefore committed to treating all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  

 

This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

 

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. We have a number of initiatives and networks that support our aspiration to be the Global Law Firm of choice. These include our LGBT, Gender Parity, Ethnicity and Disability networks.

 

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