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Associate - Public Affairs

Reporting to: Lead Specialist - Public Affairs
Team: Communications
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £29,422 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 25 November 2019

Job ref: 1692

TPR grade: 10 - Associate

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Role

We are seeking a Media Officer to join TPR’s press office team.

Pensions continue to make headlines every day as millions more people save for retirement and the industry adapts to significant changes in legislation and evolving social pressures.

TPR has a vital role to play to ensure savers are protected by driving up standards amongst those who run occupational pension schemes, and by taking action against those who fall short or our expectations or wilfully break the law.

In the context of this challenging environment, as Media Officer you will be play an influential and exciting role to promote the regulator’s work to a diverse audience and in doing so making a difference to those we protect.

Through your work, you will help manage and defend TPR’s reputation, educate the pensions market and build support for TPR’s approach to regulation. You will be creative in the use of all available communications channels.

Working for a public body also means you’ll become part of the Government Communications Service (GCS) - opening the door to world-leading communications training, guidance and more.

Responsibilities

  • Be confident in dealing with journalists, stakeholders and other government bodies, to proactively manage media enquiries, rebut inaccuracies and defend our reputation as required using agreed lines to take.
  • Produce and sell in high-quality press releases, articles and op-eds to core pensions trade press, regional and national print and broadcast media and business sector publications.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the Communications department to maximise the creative use of all available media channels including social media, video and podcasts.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key press contacts.
  • Be creative in generating media and public relations opportunities to raise awareness of TPR’s work to protect savers by promoting high standards across the pensions industry and take action where needed.
  • Support the Media Relations Manager, Communications colleagues, and colleagues across TPR where appropriate.
  • Advise colleagues, including TPR’s Executive Committee and other senior management on media-handling strategies and emerging media risks.
  • Participate in the out-of-hours rota as required - approximately one week per month.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Excellent spoken and written communication and organisational skills.
  • Proven experience in media relations and/or public relations with a strong news sense and judgement.
  • Ability to talk with confidence to the media at all levels (national, regional, trade) and rebut inaccuracies.
  • Ability to quickly absorb and understand information on complex policy or legal issues and to translate this material into succinct, accurate and engaging written content.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, often having to prioritise to meet unexpected or changing workload.
  • Ability to advise, influence and persuade others, often at senior level.
  • A self-starter - able to generate creative ideas and opportunities to highlight TPR’s messages.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the financial services/pension sector.
  • Experience in using creative social media campaigns to communicate key messages.
  • Speechwriting experience.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £29,422, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.