Head of Media Relations

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 25/09/2019

Head of Media Relations

Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

About the role

Amazing opportunity to join us as Head of Media Relations, leading the Tesco Press Office, one of the busiest in-house press-offices in the UK outside Government, helping to build trust in the business with journalists and external stakeholders through the media.

You'll manage a team of Media Relations Managers and will hold responsibility for the Press Office Budget.  Key stakeholders will be Leadership and Exec Teams across the whole business, Consumer PR Managers, and our Media agencies.

You will be responsible for

  • Running a high performance, dynamic and helpful press office, one of the busiest outside government
  • Managing media managers and overseeing press office strategy, timetable and resourcing
  • Managing the handling of media enquiries and ensuring accurate, rapid and well crafted responses
  • Working collaboratively with Group Communications and wider business to ensure relevant teams and stakeholders are engaged on media opportunities, issues and risks
  • Developing press office capability to build strong relationships with the media and internally, and provide comprehensive reputational support to the business
  • Creatively reviewing and developing our media content to provide journalists content that adds value
  • Developing 'new media' engagement strategy for Tesco to support our trust-building campaigns
  • Briefing and managing external media agencies to support media handling, where required
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence
  • Developing and leading a high performing team, giving them the opportunities to be their best
  • Ensuring strong judgement and writing skills across the team, signing off handling approach, lines and content
  • Ensuring excellent information flow internally, even when things move at pace
  • Forecasting and managing my budgets effectively, always being cost conscious

You will need

  • Extensive communications or journalism experience, including corporate communications
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Great judgement and news sense
  • Enjoys working at pace
  • Manage multiple projects / timescales
  • Proactive and reactive media handling

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:
  • An annual bonus scheme of up to 45% of base salary
  • Car Allowance of £7,320 per annum
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco.
  • A retirement savings plan:  6%-10% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay 
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Health Screening every 2 years
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world.
Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’.
Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.
In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We want our customers to be inspired and whatever they are looking for, we’re finding bigger and better ways to provide it.
We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards. In return we offer excitement, a great team, an excellent benefit package and significant career development opportunities.
If that sounds exciting then we'd love to hear from you.
NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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