Head of PR (Account Director)


Location: King’s Cross, London
Salary: Account Director position - negotiable

Hours of work: Full-time, but part-time applications will genuinely be considered

89up is Europe’s first impact agency. We are an integrated agency with PR, public affairs, social, brand, events, campaigns and tech all under one roof. We campaign for great causes, build technology, take on complex problems & inspire action.

If you're at a corporate agency, working around to the clock to make the oil industry seem responsible - and would rather spend the best years of your life working with upstart progressive causes, running social campaigns for new feature documentaries, or helping our clients tackle cancer, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for a new Head of PR to lead our external communications on behalf of our clients. This position is at Account Director level and is senior within 89up. We need someone who has excellent contacts, a track record of broadcast success, mid-market press success, expertise in pitching to consumer magazines and a solid ability to pitch on behalf of our clients to local and regional newspapers.

We want someone who can deliver a killer PR strategy and handle challenging client accounts. We’re a flat structure at 89up, so everyone is expected to get their hands dirty - one day you may be writing and pitching a press release, the other pitching to a big potential new client.

We’re looking for:

  • 5+ years of PR experience ideally at an agency but we will consider in-house

  • Excellent client management with experience of running major accounts

  • Management experience

  • The ability to support the Senior Management Team in pitching for new business and developing our growing base of clients

  • Great contacts and someone who is a gregarious networker

  • A real understanding of how to place a complex client in broadcast, print, online media and on social - with a proven ability to get our clients where their audience is (or should be)

  • A self-starter who is capable of taking on an account without necessarily needing an account executive

  • Strategic insights to help us communicate often challenging campaigns to inspire the public to take action

  • A clear understanding of the potential of digital technologies for PR

89up is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. 

Interested? How to apply:

We don’t do CVs. We don’t care if you have A Levels or a Degree. If you have accessibility issues please call 0203 411 2889 or email mike@89up.org.

We’d like answers to the following questions:

1/  Tell us about an amazing PR campaign you’ve been behind. How did you make the crucial difference, what did you do to deliver success and what did you learn? (4oo words max)

2/ Name a PR account (or in-house PR function) you’ve exceeded expectations on - tell us what you did, what you delivered and what the impact for your client was (400 words max)

3/ Why do you want to work for 89up? (150 words max)

4/ Give us a brief outline of your last 3 roles and what you achieved (150 words max)

5/ What would be your dream client - and explain to us the campaign you’d run for them? (Dream big - no budget limit - 500 words max).