Salary: £40,000 – 50,000 plus benefitsA leading global think tank Institute on international conflict and geopolitical trends is seeking a Press and Media Manager. The institute is international in its composition, perspective and reach and provides objective facts and independent analysis for its core audiences in government, the private sector, and the expert and opinion-formed communities. Summits convened by them facilitate intergovernmental consultations, while its research helps companies to understand political risk and its publications shape the international strategic debate.The institute is seeking to appoint an experienced Press and Media Manager with a proven track record in global press and key relationship management.This is a newly created position reporting into the Head of Global Communications Engagement and your primary responsibility will be to proactively build and manage the Institute’s media activity and database and react to media enquiries.The successful candidate will be able to work effectively as part of a team and establish strong internal and external relationships. They must be collaborative, able to multi-skill and work at speed. The position will suit a person with an interest in current and international affairs. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Proactively build and manage the Institute’s media databaseIdentify key journalists of strategic importance to the Institute, build strong and productive relationships with these, create opportunities for regular media briefings or editorial boards with research staff, which lead to prominent media coverage for the Institute across its three audiences: the expert community, Government and businesses. Produce and maintain an up-to-date tiered media target list and media relations plan. Evaluate on an ongoing basis the quality of the press list, the strength of relations and act where needed. Ensure that key journalists in ‘new media’ are also represented on the database.Produce press releases:Work with the Communications Department’s Copy Editor & Website Coordinator to write and produce impactful press releases that amplify the reach of the Institute’s activities, services and products to its three audiences: the expert community, Government and business. Coordinate media interviews:Proactively use the Institute’s media database to seek appropriate opportunities for media exposure Coordinate these opportunities with the Institute’s researchers.Media planning and Press Corps briefings Produce activity plans for launches and events with clear targets and objectives. Evaluate impact of press coverage of all activities. Ensure wide press coverage for the Institute’s launches and Dialogues, actively building the press lists for the Dialogues. Facilitate media interviews with ministerial and senior delegates at Dialogues. Manage press registrations. Design and deliver media training and pre-interview briefings to staff. Evaluate the impact of the training.Develop key messages and brief researchers sufficiently ahead of interviews. Identify risks, conduct practice interviews if needed. Contribute to stronger media awareness across the Institute, promoting and explaining the team’s approach and sharing success stories.Manage the press inbox and ensure that replies are prompt and accurate.Provide Sector scanning by following relevant external debates to identify opportunities and risks for the Institute.Key skillsTertiary education with demonstrable press and media experience delivered at manager level. Plan and support strategic approaches, objectives and targetsInternal and external relationship managementExcellent writing skillsResearch skillsAbility to Influence and persuadeGood forward planning and organisational skillsProven experience in designing and delivering media In-house trainingTeamworking********************************VMAGROUP is a leading international interim and permanent communications, digital and marketing recruitment and executive search specialist. Specialist practices cover corporate communications, internal communications, change communications, PR, media relations, CSR, public affairs, marketing, digital and agency services.We have a reputation for providing leading consultancy services and advice supported by in-depth knowledge of the professions we recruit for. Our thought leadership and benchmarking studies have become go-to resources for the communications and marketing industry supporting planning and decision-making.VMAGROUP has offices in London, Manchester, Amsterdam, and Brussels, but we work with organisations and individuals on a global basis. VMAGROUP is committed to equal opportunities and is a Diversity Pledged Recruiter.