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Job Introduction

We are seeking a Media Relations Manager to work in the heart of the corporate press office, reporting into the Senior Head of Communications, Press Office and Programmes Desk. This is a permanent opportunity, based in London. You’ll take charge of a busy press desk on a rota basis with two other managers, and be responsible for generating proactive press and digital coverage and handling complex media inquiries. In addition to working with all areas of the communications division and with executives from across the BBC, you will also deputise on occasion for the Senior Head of Communications, for business continuity purposes.

Main Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Head of Communications, Press Office and Programmes Desk, you will take charge of a busy press desk on a rota basis, answering questions on all aspects of the BBC. It could be a content issue, policy decision or reputational matter. Either way, you’ll work with executives and publicity colleagues... to oversee communications to the media, prepare statements and releases, brief senior management and co-ordinate communications activity. You’ll have a first-rate news sense and be full of ideas for creative ways to tell a positive story about the BBC. The Corporate Press Office has specific responsibility for handling the media on the BBC’s corporate areas, such as the Director-General’s work, diversity, the Licence Fee, strategy, HR and editorial policy and complaints. It also provides a coordinating role for all the BBC’s communications from the Corporation’s divisional areas including TV and BBC iPlayer, Radio and BBC Sounds, News and Online.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for an established communications professional working at the very top of their game. You will be passionate about the BBC, broadcasting and media relations. You will have extensive experience of proactive and reactive media relations and crisis management at a senior level. Your judgement on issues management will be second to none. You will have a good depth of experience of motivating, managing and developing a team.

Package Description

Band: D

Contract type: Permanent

Location: London based role with some hybrid working

Job Title: In-house title is Senior Communications Specialist

Salary: range within £40,000 to £50,000pa (plus London Weighting £5,164pa), depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
• Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
• Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
• Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days annual leave (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click http://www.bbc.co.uk/diversity
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