Blakeney is looking for an Associate Director to join our team at a time of exciting growth. We are looking for someone who enjoys working at a fast pace, has an excellent eye for detail and a passion for crafting the perfect strategy. If you enjoy politics and public affairs, and love working with interesting clients to solve complex problems, then Blakeney is the right place for you.

You will:

What we are looking for

You will need to be confident, sharp, creative, and energetic. We are especially looking for originality and personality. Therefore, the following are guidelines, not strict prerequisites:

  • Have experience in developing and implementing corporate communications and/or public affairs strategies
  • Understanding of the energy sector and current policy landscape gained either in house or as a consultant
  • The ability to run day to day accounts; supporting client leads when it comes to client reporting, contact and counsel
  • Confidence and gravitas to be able to advise clients on complex challenges
  • A strategic thinker who can devise and implement creative and impactful campaigns
  • A deep understanding of how government works and how policy is developed
  • A strong writer, able to pen anything from a communications strategy to a detailed policy document or thought leadership piece
  • A team player, great interpersonal skills, and someone who brings a sense of fun to their work
  • Great time management and ability to multi-task
  • A stickler for detail, someone who doesn’t miss an opportunity to correct grammar or spelling and is a formatting guru
  • A passion for news, culture and current affairs

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Act as counsel to clients, supporting the development of their communication strategies
  • Shaping and steering creative policy engagement programmes
  • Building and maintaining networks across policy and business to stay abreast of relevant trends and developments
  • Writing and editing communications materials including but not limited to thought consultation responses, policy proposals and thought leadership
  • Running account team, providing leadership and guidance to peers and colleagues
  • Being the eyes and ears for clients; being hungry for opportunities and helping us demonstrate added value
  • Assisting senior colleagues in fulfilling their responsibilities to keep accounts on track and within budget
  • Being a key part of the Blakeney team

What you can expect

  • Real investment in you. Members of the team have worked at senior levels of very large corporates, consultancies, political parties and referendum campaigns. So, you’ll get to work closely with a very experienced (but very friendly) team and benefit from their contacts and expertise.
  • Exposure to clients across a range of industries, from live entertainment to energy, as well as the opportunity to be directly involved in high-level brainstorms and the day-to-day running of strategic communications campaigns.
  • The chance to work on high profile communications campaigns that are helping to shape the world we live in.
  • Opportunities to network and build your contact base within the communications industry.
  • An attractive package.