Press Officer

SMMT, the leading trade association for the UK automotive industry, has a vacancy in its busy Communications and International Department for a Press Officer.This role plays an active part in the Communications team, dealing with international, national and regional journalists and broadcasters, trade publications and SMMT members with the aim of ensuring a positive profile of the UK automotive industry and SMMT through media coverage and events.Reporting to our Senior Media Manager, we’re looking for someone who may already have experience of, or interest in, digital and social media. They should be able to lead on identifying, developing and delivering constantly changing news content across SMMT Group websites and social media, as well as build positive media relationships.As you would expect, this role may require working out of normal office hours, including media calls and event attendance.Candidates should be educated to degree level or beyond with first-class written and verbal English skills, with the ability to write high standard quotes and news releases; experience/knowledge of WordPress-based websites, SEO and social media; a positive and enthusiastic approach to team work, with the ability to work on own initiative and keep to tight deadlines; outstanding organisational skills and the ability to multi-task. They should have a clear understanding of media requirements with an interest in the national news agenda and public affairs, as they relate to the automotive industry, as well as a creative approach to developing news stories and events and the ability and willingness to drive the continuous development of SMMT’s media activity.Based in Westminster, SMMT offers a competitive salary with other benefits including private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexitime, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers and interest-free season ticket loan (after six months).Click through to see the job description in full.How to ApplyProspective candidates should apply to Katie Milbourn, Head of HR, by e-mail, with a CV and covering one-page letter quoting your relevance for the position and current salary details.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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