Media Relations Manager

 Media Relations Manager

Full Time

Cowes, Isle of Wight

The media plays a critical role in delivering our messages to key audiences and to the broader world and is increasingly turning to us as the leading voice on the circular economy building relationships with key media channels and developing special projects. 

We are seeking a passionate Media Relations Manager to join our busy internal team. Reporting to our Media and Messaging Lead, this varied role requires a high degree of versatility and the ability to cope with ambiguity in a constantly changing landscape. 

In this role you will shape and execute media campaigns for some of the Foundation’s most important work. This involves managing risk, close collaboration with Foundation teams and the management of important media stakeholder relationships. You will manage the work of the Media Relations Executive and be expected to foster and encourage creative thinking and outcomes that reflect the high standards of the Foundation. Decision-making and the ability to work independently at times are key skills.

Specific role responsibilities include:

  • Support the development and delivery of our media strategy through the production of creative, targeted and impactful media campaigns including press releases and press notices.

  • Manage strategic stakeholder relationships including coordination of journalist enquiries and managing agency relationships.

  • Coordinating media efforts across Foundation-wide initiatives collaborating with other teams and international offices.

  • Manage media speaking opportunities, provide briefings for spokespeople and arrange media training.

  • Work with internal teams and external partners to identify and execute opportunities for the Foundation to engage with the media and raise the profile of its work.

  • Provide insights from media impact reports to help improve media campaigns. 

  • Manage a team of two: Senior Media Relations Executive and Media Assistant. 

Your profile: 

  • Degree in journalism/related field together with a minimum of six years in a journalist, PR agency or corporate communications role.

  • Demonstrated experience in:

    • Relationship management with the credibility and confidence to engage stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally.

    • Dealing with High-Profile/Tier 1 media outlets. 

    • The ability to influence others obtaining senior-level buy-in.

    • Creative thinking and the ability to develop impactful ideas and stories 

    • Planning and executing complex and varied campaigns.

    • Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to produce accurate written work to strict deadlines whilst maintaining focus under pressure.

    • The use of media monitoring tools and processes.

  • A strong knowledge of and passion for the media landscape and current affairs.

  • Knowledge of the circular economy and related topics is highly desirable. 

Desired starting date: asap

Closing date: 27th February 2023

Salary and benefits: up to £44,000 per annum, plus generous holiday allowance (25 days plus UK bank holidays and discretionary extra days leave), generous parental leave; enhanced pension options/private health scheme after 6 months; wellbeing programme.

Location: Based in our Cowes, Isle of Wight office. We are open to hybrid working, with the expectation that the successful candidate will be on-site for a minimum of three days per week.

Relocation support: We offer support with relocation from overseas, such as: helping to source accommodation, travel expenses to the UK (dependent on circumstances and eligibility). Many colleagues will have faced the same challenges as you (including relocating pets!) and we will be happy to assist you in this transition.

What we do

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. We work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

Our vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive.

Our commitment to you

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and providing a working environment free from discrimination. Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.