Public Affairs Officer / PR Officer

St Helens, Merseyside
29 Jul 2019
16 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Public Affairs Officer / PR Officer 
Liverpool / St Helens / Warrington

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Public Affairs Officer to join our client’s Strategy & Public Affairs team.

The Strategy and Public Affairs team will work closely with Communications and Marketing and Business Assurance to ensure the organisation is well informed in order to deliver its corporate priorities and is able to plan ahead, leading with best practice and market intelligence and positioning the business with the right leaders and influencers.
They are an ambitious and well-established housing group with deep roots in our three heartland areas of Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington.
One of the largest landlords in the North West, they have 1,500 staff, manage more than 40,000 homes, support around than 64,000 customers and invest at least £5m a year into local communities and life changing causes.

This is an important role in which you will:

  • Provide strategic advice, information and analytical support across the business on all aspects of external affairs policy and political impact.
  • Engage with key influencers and decision makers, including MPs, NGOs and the relevant industry bodies, to raise awareness of the group, its subsidiaries and priorities, on a local, regional and national scale
  • Work with the business leadership team, external stakeholders and at political level to ensure the group influences and changes policy, practice and public opinion, making a positive impact in the sector.
  • Organise campaign and policy events across the region, in partnership with the Group Head of Strategy and Public Affairs and wider Executive Office colleagues, and represent our client’s interests at relevant external events, supporting collaboration where appropriate

To be successful in this role, you will be educated to degree level or possess relevant experience in a political, public affairs or external relations function within a large-scale organisation.

You will be expected to take responsibility for your own workload and possess the necessary skills to be able to influence, inspire others and encourage innovation to ensure that objectives are delivered and deadlines are met.

Excellent communication skills will be paramount in order to provide expert public affairs advice to colleagues across the organisation, embedding influencing skills and ensuring that colleagues are well briefed and supported to deliver their own influencing activity.

In addition, you will be expected to plan, deliver and evaluate our client’s political engagement and wider public affairs activity, including influencing plans and advocacy campaigns to create positive change in policy, practice and public opinion with key stakeholders, including responses to Government consultations and developing incidents, and internal briefings for debates and networking sessions.

Staff here share qualities that our client values highly. They are problem-solvers, able to work well within a team. They are open, honest and committed to doing the right thing at all times, and they always look for ways to do things better, focused on making sure they achieve their aims. If you can share this way of working, you’ll enjoy working here.

In return, they offer a modern workplace that is challenging, supportive and gives you room to grow your skills – along with a package of benefits that shows how much they value your contribution and care about your wellbeing.