Head of Media Relations(Director/Senior Director)

Senior-level Opportunities London, United Kingdom

APCO London is looking for an experienced Director / Senior Director to join us as our Head of Media Relations. You’ll be based in our brand new London office at 40 Strand and lead a rapidly-growing team of media relations experts within our Corporate Communications team.

You will be a member of our London leadership team and play a pivotal role in driving growth of our media and corp comms practice in the UK and Europe. Already a fundamental part of our offering in the region, we want to build on strong foundations to take this part of our business to the next level, and you will play a key role in this growth and evolution alongside global colleagues.

Your role will comprise:

  • Strategic counsel – being a key strategic advisor to the teams on our largest corporate & media focused accounts, helping them to better service our clients
  • Client service – working directly with clients, building trusting relationships with them and advising them on media relations strategy
  • New business – supporting/leading new business proposals & pitches and building a network of contacts that will help to bring in new opportunities to APCO
  • Team development – leading and mentoring our media relations team, helping to inspire, upskill and coordinate a growing team of 10+ media relations consultants
  • Developing and enhancing offerings across media relations disciplines including crisis, executive positioning, storytelling, and political communications.
  • Working closely with our media relations leads in North America, MENA and Southeast Asia on global accounts and new business opportunities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A communications agency background
  • Specialist sector expertise not vital, but knowledge of and interest in Tech, Fintech, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Engineering, Manufacturing and Sustainability would be beneficial
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to mentor a team of colleagues
  • In-depth understanding of the media landscape in the UK, in Europe and globally – ideally with some experience as a journalist
  • Strong contacts book at Tier 1 media across print and broadcast
  • Political communications background an advantage
  • Good understanding of how earned media fits into wider landscape of paid, earned, shared and owned media
  • Good presentation and pitching experience
  • Globally minded, strategic with has a hands-on approach

What APCO could offer you:

  • Industry leading salary and bonus package
  • Excellent benefits and wellbeing programme: 25 days annual leave(plus holiday season office closure), 5% employer pension contribution, private medical & dental insurance, life assurance, income protection, interest free season ticket loan, health and wellness allowance and increased maternity and enhanced parental leave policy!