Junior PR Account Executive

Location: Farringdon, London (Not remote)
Basic Hours of Work: 40 hours per week 
Offer: £25,000.00 

We are looking for enthusiastic, talented graduates, motivated self-taught individuals, first jobbers or someone who has just started out in their career and has been working for less than a year to come and join our Public Relations team.

We want someone who can help run challenging accounts, help with research, insights, help collaborate on creative ideas, writing and pitching to the media and being the eyes and ears on accounts.  Someone who always has their fingers on the pulse and shares news, insights and trends.  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.

You will work with senior team members and learn from them. All of these things will arguably enable you to hone your talent, while broadening your skill-set and fast tracking your career progression, in a passionate, supportive and friendly environment.

KEY SKILLS AND  RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Brainstorm with senior team to enable us to communicate often challenging campaigns to inspire the public to take action
  • Help write and pitch releases
  • Respond to phone calls and emails from journalists
  • Arrange interviews and editorial meetings with journalists and clients and facilitate these meetings where appropriate
  • Monitor media coverage (collate, analyse and evaluate media coverage) and report results to the wider team and clients
  • Undertake research for clients or new business proposals and present them to potential new clients
  • Handle the day to day admin on accounts - diarising internal and external meetings and booking rooms or setting up conference calls, keeping meeting minutes, writing status reports etc.
  • Listen out for opportunities to sell further PR or social skills to clients
  • Attend client events and industry conferences
  • Support the wider team with admin duties as and when they are required.

KEY SKILLS REQUIRED

  • A passionate and compassionate networker
  • Possess great time management skills on multiple accounts
  • Ability to prioritize during busy periods
  • Team player mindset and willingness to work collaboratively alongside peers.
  • A can do attitude with the motivation to go above and beyond to strive for great results for yourself, your team and your clients 
  • A willingness to learn in the role and develop new skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and deal with tight deadlines.
  • English language fluency: You need to have excellent written and spoken English.
  • Copywriting skills: You need to be hot on spelling, grammar and proof-reading, as well as have a creative flair for producing engaging copy.
  • Presentation skills: From communicating ideas to your team to presenting stories to journalists, you need to organise information in a succinct and interesting way to capture their attention. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Whether it’s over the phone, by email or in person, PR is all about people, so you need to be approachable, friendly and empathetic, and be able to relate to people on different levels within the agency, with clients and with the media.
  • Excellent telephone manner: You will spend a lot of your time pitching stories to journalists, so you need to have the confidence to pick up the phone and speak to them and maintain a positive, friendly and upbeat tone.
  • Time-keeping: You will often be working to tight media deadlines as well as meeting the demands and pressures of your team and clients, so you need to be able to work quickly and efficiently, without compromising on quality.
  • Exhibit resourcefulness knowing when to ask questions, and where to look for answers

However, we're equally keen to find someone who is hungry to learn more about PR and integrated marketing and broaden their skill set, under the guidance of some of the best senior staff in their sectors - who can share years of valuable experience. This will see candidates supporting social, content and tech teams - learning associated communications skills.

We're also looking for someone who thrives on working across a number of different projects and in an agile manner - as some of our clients (particularly the political ones) can change strategic direction in the course of days.