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Job Role:  Communications Specialist

Location: Office/Remote

Job Sector:  Marketing

Hours:  35 per week - Monday to Friday

As the Communications Specialist, you will contribute to our vision to become the UK’s favourite property manager by:

• Working with your communications colleagues to run our busy press office, making sure stories are covered by target journalists at an industry, local and national level and that reactive issues are handled efficiently and effectively.
• Collaborating with other teams in our business and our on-site teams to find human interest and community stories relevant to consumer media to bring to life what we do and the positive experience of living in a managed residential development.
• Creating compelling and differentiated thought leadership for key industry, client and investor audiences.

This role reports to the Communications Manager and sits within the FirstPort press office team.

About You

You have experience in PR and external communications, ideally in a services organisation or press office environment and managing reactive communications. You also have managed a team in past roles.

Previous work experience has enabled you to become confident liaising with journalists, pitching stories and handling media enquiries on the phone.

As you are a natural writer and articulate communicator with high levels of attention to detail and thrive in working at pace in a busy and varied environment.

Being comfortable building relationships with colleagues in different departments means you are a proactive self-starter, organised, able to prioritise a busy workload and deadline focused.

About Us

FirstPort is the UK’s leading residential property service provider, caring for 290,000 homes in England, Wales and Scotland, across 5,000 developments. With over four decades of experience and 4,000 employees, FirstPort works with developers, investors, freeholders and over 1,000 Resident Management Companies.

Main Responsibilities

• Collaborating with two other communications specialists, your line manager and our PR agency to successfully deliver PR activity reaching both B2C and B2B audiences across trade, local and national publications and media platforms.
• Proactively identifying opportunities and influential content for future features, articles, content and comments to pitch to press and to use in our own content marketing activity ensuring delivered content is effective and reaches a wider network of key audiences.
• Taking a holistic approach to opportunities and stories, identifying suitable opportunities to make greater use of video, photo and infographics to maximise impact.
• Writing articles, press releases and statements for both proactive and reactive PR activity.
• Supporting customer-facing departments with editing and/or drafting sensitive customer communications and Q&As, for instance communications around building and fire safety
• Representing and championing the voice of the customer and/or client when reviewing and editing sensitive communications from other parts of our business.
• Liaising with journalists on the phone and by email, and ensuring our brand is well represented in communications handled by the press office, both proactive and reactive.
• Handling media enquiries appropriately, including some out of hours support (managed on a flexible rota for the press office team).

Our Values

Friendly – We look out for people’s best interests, and show them we care by dealing with them in a warm and friendly manner.

Inventive – We’re creative and resourceful. We strive to improve what we do and how we do it, so we can provide the best ideas and solutions to look after people, their homes and communities.

Respectful – We listen, consult and take on-board people’s opinions and needs. We understand the importance of the home and community in people’s lives, and act with respect at all times.

Skilled – We’ve the qualifications, experience and take great pride in our work to consistently deliver the highest standards and value for money. We’re informed, and we’re always building on that knowledge to constantly improve our quality of service.

Trustworthy – We’re always professional, reliable, open and honest. People can depend on us to keep our promises and follow through on our commitments.

The Benefits

Our customers deserve the best and the same applies to our people.  We’ll support you with all of the technology, training and support that you need to do your job well.  We offer competitive salaries and a range of benefit packages. In addition to the core benefits, we also offer a range of exclusive discounts on extra benefits to help you and your family make the most of your money, safeguard your future and look after your health.

Diversity

We’re committed to promoting diversity at FirstPort and recruit on merit.  We will consider applications from job share applicants.

Ready to Apply?

Click the below apply button to start your application for this role.  We will ask you to upload your CV and answer a few questions.  You may also be asked to complete verbal and numerical reasoning tests online.

If you meet the criteria for the role we’ll be in touch to arrange a short telephone interview and our shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend interviews with the hiring manager and up to three other key stakeholders.