Blakeney is one of the UK’s fastest-growing communications consultancies, with a differentiated proposition and exceptional delivery driving year-on-year growth in each of the last two years.

We now have our sights set on transformational growth in the UK and overseas, and we’re building our already exceptional team to deliver it.

We are currently looking for an outstanding Director who has a great understanding of the world’s media, to join our award-winning integrated communications team & work across a range of clients. You will be part of a close-knit team comprising former special advisors, party staff, civil servants, researchers, journalists, and campaigners. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of leading a growing team and help high-profile organisations build their corporate communications programmes, taking them to the heart of policymaking and the news agenda.

You will:

As Director, you will be a well-rounded and skilled corporate comms professional with a great balance of running teams, creating, and leading client accounts and delivering industry-leading results across various sectors and platforms. We are especially interested in meeting with people who have a strong media focus to their career so that they both deliver tangible coverage for our clients and internally influence our team to be media focused.

The Director role is varied - core skills include:

  • A creative approach to political and media relations, with a strong track record in devising and implementing communications strategies
  • The ability to lead complex, fast-paced and impactful client programmes
  • Lead and develop close relationships with senior clients, lead external client meetings and shape effective client strategies
  • Provide strategic advice to clients, write bespoke policy/media briefings, and develop your policy/sector specialisms
  • A continual focus on new business and organic growth - taking a leading role in pitching and developing proposals
  • Excellent writing and presenting skills
  • Team mentorship and management

Specific Media Relations requirements:

  • Demonstrative evidence of an excellent news sense, creative and tenacious in your approach to identifying stories and newsworthy angles and pitching to media
  • Passionate about current affairs and highly knowledgeable about the media landscape
  • Experienced media relations operator with proven success and relationships across tier one and vertical targets
  • As comfortable with strategy and planning as activation and capable of guiding clients and teams to deliver outstanding coverage results
  • Love working with clients across a range of sectors, developing activities and campaigns to engage target audiences through relevant media targets
  • Ability to develop integrated campaigns/approaches across earned and owned

The Blakeney offer:

  • Flexible working
  • A highly competitive salary
  • Industry-leading benefits package with you in the driving seat
  • Generous discretionary bonus
  • Training budget tailored to your overall career – not just our business plan
  • Pension scheme
  • A progressive approach to work-life with a focus on your physical and mental health (including mental health training, ‘Recharge Days’, time back to you for keeping fit and ways of giving back to society
  • After work socials and company events
  • Active focus on personal development and your part in building our culture

How it works from here:

At Blakeney we like to make sure you get as much out of meeting us as possible, so we generally break the interview process into 3 parts:

  • Stage One – Chemistry and skills where we get to know you, your background and skillset & you get to ask us about life at Blakeney and how we do things.
  • Stage Two – Thinking and demonstrating skill – we invite you to respond to a relevant brief and present it back to us. This is also a genuine opportunity for you to ask us about our clients and where you might fit in, plus anything you want to understand about our culture.
  • Stage Three – the finer details – an opportunity to meet more of our team, talk in more detail about anything you would like and understand exactly what our vision for you at Blakeney is.