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PR Account Manager

PR Account Manager – Leatherhead, Surrey

Salary £29,000 - £36,000 per annum plus benefits

  • Do you have 2-3 year’s PR / Marketing experience, preferably from within a PR Agency?
  • Are you an exceptional communicator, both in presentation, verbal and written skills?
  • Do you have outstanding organisation with an ability to manage multiple projects and portfolios?

About our Client

Our client is a market-leading international PR and marketing agency.  Continued expansion via both existing and new accounts means that they are looking to add a PR Account Manager to join their busy team.

Job Description

The successful applicant will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Take an accurate brief and write technical press releases, news stories, articles, case studies and product pieces and to be responsible for keeping current clients satisfied and for the delivery of exceptional client service on a day-to-day basis
  • Create, build and maintain excellent working relationships with clients, journalists and industry contacts at all times
  • Work closely with the Account Director to ensure the delivery of PR and marketing campaigns and events across the team to the highest standard
  • The Account Manager will have ample opportunity to generate and act on their own ideas as well as take the lead on some projects
  • Oversee pitching of press releases and feature ideas by phone or email to national, regional and trade journalists, across print, broadcast and online publications, to ensure the engagement in covering clients’ stories
  • Take full ownership and accountability for individual projects or account activity e.g., research, defined projects, events; play an active role in development of initial proposal / timeline / budget and manage implementation through to final delivery for clients
  • To ensure the best possible use of the Company’s working capital, i.e., time recording, work in progress, billing regime and invoices
  • To meet targets for chargeable and non-chargeable hours, ensuring all time spent on files is recorded accurately on the time recording system
  • Demonstrate an increased appreciation of the bigger client picture, including competitors and overall business objectives
  • Take ownership of meeting preparations, ensure that all agendas, meeting notes etc. are produced.  Attend client meetings to present campaign results and guide strategy design.  Increasingly contribute to brainstorm or client meetings and work with the team to ensure workload tracking documents are maintained
  • Fully manage the process of press release distribution for accounts, including list-building using the agency’s database system
  • Plan events with account teams within relevant time, production and financial constraints
  • Attend events and industry conferences, often overseas
  • Handle or oversee clients’ social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn channels
  • Manage and motivate team members to effectively execute client communication campaigns
  • Coach and run training sessions for junior members of the team in the basic principles of PR and account management

The ideal candidate will have:

English Language Fluency

  • Excellent written and spoken English

Copywriting Skills

  • You need to be highly skilled in spelling, grammar, and proof-reading, as well as having a creative flair for producing engaging, accurate and technical copy

IT Skills

  • Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, social media channels and other business-related software

Communication Skills

  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively both internally and externally

Strong Interpersonal Skills

  • You will need to be approachable, driven, friendly and empathetic, and be able to relate to people on different levels within the agency, with clients and with the media, whether it is over the phone, by email or in person

Excellent Telephone Manner

  • You will spend a lot of time speaking to clients, journalists so you need to have the confidence to pick up the phone and speak to them and maintain a positive, friendly, persuasive and upbeat tone

Organisation Skills

  • 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 prioritise tasks and work quickly and efficiently, without compromising on quality

Leadership Skills

  • Experience of mentoring / managing a team member / team to a high standard

Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

  • Educated to a degree level in Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, English, Communication or Media Studies
  • 2-3 year’s PR / Marketing experience, preferably from within a PR Agency
  • French, Italian, Spanish, German are desirable but not essential

The Successful Candidate

Your role will be to develop strong client and media relationships and take full ownership of accounts. In this varied role, you will be coming up with innovative ideas for your clients, negotiating terms, and occasionally travelling within the UK and overseas to attend events and to support your clients.

What’s on Offer

  •  20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays (increasing with service)
  • Christmas Holiday Closure, Birthday Day Off
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pension after 3 months’ service
  • Healthcare after 1 years’ service
  • Company Mobile Phone and Laptop
  • Season Ticket Loan

Company benefits may be subject to change

Bluetree Recruits is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Bluetree Recruits Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer and acts as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

We offer equal opportunities to all candidates regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, age and other protected status as required by applicable law.

We can only consider applications from candidates who are eligible to work in the UK.

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PR Account Manager
Leatherhead, Surrey
£29,000 - £36,000 per annum plus benefits
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