Grayling Communications
graduate job
Expires13 days

PR Account Executive - Leeds & Manchester

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

We’re looking for a driven and ambitious Account Executive who’s looking to kickstart their career in PR & communications. This is pivotal role within the agency where you’ll be responsible for delivering excellent day-to-day client work, playing a key support role within the team.

Key deliverables

  • You’ll play a crucial role in the delivery of PR campaigns for your clients including developing compelling press releases, landing media coverage, engaging with influencers, and delivering social media campaigns.
  • Media relations activities, including media monitoring, trends analysis, opportunity-spotting and media liaison
  • Builds and manages media and forward feature lists and recommends appropriate opportunities to target
  • Conducts effective media sell-ins and identifies most advantageous opportunities for client coverage
  • Communicates accurately and keeps the team and client informed on progress in accordance with agreed processes, ensuring expectations are managed and any issues are escalated in a timely fashion
  • Organising client meetings, helping to prepare agendas and sharing follow up actions.
  • Delivers accurate written communications and can write a range of copy including: press releases, quotes, emails, status & contact reports, social media materials
  • Manages departmental administration and supports the team, ensuring internal processes are followed
  • Builds and manages top-tier media relationships
  • Assists in the new business process including participating in brainstorm meetings, research and proposal preparation
  • Monitors the media landscape for new opportunities to sell in additional Grayling products and services to clients to enhance revenue and profitability

What you can expect?

You can expect an energetic working environment in either our Manchester or Leeds office, both of which are located in the heart of the city centres. The two offices make up ‘Grayling North, a team of consumer, corporate, creative, PA and digital experts, and there’s plenty of cross-office working and socialising so you’ll get to know the wider team quickly.

You’ll get great exposure to some major household names from the get-go. Our clients include Yo! Sushi, BT, HSBC, National Grid and First Bus.

We plan regular team socials to get out of the office and try something new, and we finish early on Fridays. Other benefits include a competitive salary, flexible working, free fruit, a company pension scheme, discounted gyms and an increasing holiday scheme (starting at 25 up to 30 days).

We encourage personal development and will set out a clear career path for you. From day one you will be given autonomy and exposure to our interesting and varied clients. You’ll also be able to sign up to our range of training workshops, from writing courses to sessions on commercial finance, resilience, creativity and many more! Hosted around our office network, they’re also a great opportunity to meet colleagues from across the UK.

With excellent staff retention and progression, forward-thinking benefits and a supportive and dynamic working culture, we are looking for our next northern team member who can demonstrate passion, ambition, a can-do attitude and an eagerness to learn.

Our promises to you

  • A creative working environment
  • An incredibly positive and supportive work culture driven purely by our values (curious, committed & connected).
  • Regular team socials and early finish Fridays.
  • An abundance of personal development opportunities, with courses ranging from writing, resilience, creativity and more!
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • 25 days’ holiday, increasing by one day every year up to 30 days.
  • Birthday duvet mornings
  • New business and employee referral bonuses.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • PRCA membership
  • Health & wellbeing programmes

At Grayling, we recognise that to deliver the best work for our clients, we need a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. As an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to ensuring best practice approaches to a diverse and inclusive recruitment process and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

What we are looking for

  • PR / communications / journalism or English degree
  • A strong desire to build a career in public relations
  • Excellent writing abilities
  • Digitally savvy
  • Curious – a desire to learn, improve, apply new knowledge and develop self
  • Personal drive and passion for the industry
  • Strong administrative and organisation skills
  • Creative thinker and problem solver
  • Ability to juggle multiple and changing priorities
  • Ability to assimilate information quickly and recommend a practical response
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Supportive, inspiring and motivational team player
  • Commercially aware
  • Confident networker

Accepted degree subjects

  • literature and creative writing
  • business and management studies
  • media studies and publishing
  • marketing and advertising studies

Additional job details

Hybrid, or partially remote
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

Expires13 days

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