Senior Corporate Affairs Executive

2 days left

Salary up to £35k per annum
20 Aug 2019
17 Sep 2019
Sue Arnold
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Details:

The voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country, are currently seeking a Senior Corporate Affairs Executive.

The Role:

This role is crucial in liaising between expert policy teams, member companies, the media and political stakeholders to help communicate their priorities for Brexit, diet and health, industrial strategy, sustainability and food science. Supporting the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Manager, you will:

Media relations
  • Handle media queries, seeking advice from specific colleagues as appropriate or external associations, alerting and involving the Media Manager/Head of Corporate Affairs as necessary
  • Provide extra mentoring support to the other Corporate Affairs Executives, where necessary, assisting them to anticipate proactive opportunities and plan for contentious issues
  • With the other members of the Media & Campaigns team, provide a 24-hour on call media service, to ensure they are able to communicate the organisation’s position to the media/public at all times. In the absence of the Media Manager, the Senior Corporate Affairs will need to support colleagues and the Head of Corporate Affairs in handling out-of-hours enquiries at times other than their own allocated duty week
  • Develop press notices, position statements and media responses, and with the Media Manger, and where necessary, oversee those produced by Corporate Affairs Executives within the team, in consultation with appropriate colleagues
  • Write articles and letters to the editor for publication on request
  • Prepare and execute proactive media plans for future campaigns and interests to ensure maximum publicity for the association
  • Provide specialist advice for member associations, and committees / groups on media issues of concern to the association and on specific issues relating to their sectors.
  • Help Media Manager to oversee the team to ensure that databases, licenses, contacts lists and monitoring processes are kept up to date and meet the organisation’s need

  • Work with the Media Manager to scope out forward plans for the organisations core campaigns. This will include setting objectives, deliverables, and planning timescales and resource requirements
  • Contribute to the tactical delivery of the campaigns/events as well as working closely with policy colleagues to keep abreast of Government activity and the national and European agenda related to each campaign
  • Progress the forward plans for each identified campaign/event including developing communication solutions, planning events, creating web and hard copy and sourcing case studies
  • Effectively deputise for the Media Manager in their absence
  • Run weekly team meetings (in the absence of the Media Manager) and update the weekly work list Media Team plan (following all meetings)
  • Assess the need for media training for colleagues within the organisation
  • Take a team wide view of workload and pressure points in order to promote wellbeing within the Corporate Affairs function
  • Assist with any other reasonable duties that may be required by the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Manager
  • Deliver specialist advice to members and other stakeholders in order to ensure they are up-to-date on pertinent issues and opportunities, while seeking to collaborate and encourage contributions in order to build a consensus and influence outcomes
  • Work with colleagues to promote policy agenda and achievements to wider stakeholders and members
  • With the Media Manager, supervise the production of copy for newsletters
  • Support/coach senior staff ahead of/following media appearances
  • Excellent knowledge of the workings of the organisation media team including:
  • Experience of working in a front-line media role (Corporate Affairs Executive)
  • Experience of managing challenging portfolio areas and contentious issues
  • Experience of campaigns work preferably related to a specific policy area
  • Able to apply in-depth technical knowledge to own work and that of the wider Corporate Affairs team
  • Able to manage own workload and complex/self-defined projects
  • Ability to build trust and devise practices, working effectively with colleagues including Corporate Affairs team, the Media Manager and Head of Corporate Affairs
  • A persuasive communicator with experience of giving presentations and leading meetings
  • Ability to plan resources and timescales
  • Strong administrative and IT skills 
  • Must be eloquent, accurate and on-message


This is a great place to work where they take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme.

How to Apply:

If you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role. Please send us your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to the email address on this job board now!

Closing Date:

Friday 6th September 2019








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