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Senior PR Manager 12 mth FTC

Business Services
20000059 Requisition #
Are you looking for an opportunity with a sector driven, technology focused law firm?

About the role

We are looking for a Senior PR Manager to join our fast paced, dynamic communications team. Working closely with the Head of Communications, the candidate will manage and deliver the firm’s PR programme and campaigns in order to build and maintain the positive reputation for CMS in alignment with the firm’s wider strategic goals and business priorities. In particular, this role manages all day to day press relations, particularly the legal press. A key member of the communications team, this role is also responsible for ensuring activities are consistent with overall communications activities both internal and external.
Key responsibilities will include:
- Managing relationships with key target journalists including the legal trade press, facilitating introductions and preparing media briefings, as well as leading on responses to surveys and features including annual financial surveys (Lawyer, Legal Week and Legal Business)

- Drafting and seeking internal agreement on reactive press enquiries, preparing Q&A’s and media briefings where required.

- Providing regular and strategic guidance and advice to partners and teams on firm approach to PR and overall positioning.

- Developing and implementing strategic PR plans for sector groups and practice areas, in line with agreed communications priorities.

- Managing external agency support around practice and sector PR, including coordinating opportunities generated by agencies.

- Managing London-based PR Executive

- Forward planning PR activity against set media objectives.

- Working with key contacts to identify business and legal issues around which we can generate positive press coverage.

- Demonstrating an understanding of how media coverage should be evaluated and provide analysis of media coverage, including regular communication to senior management.

- Managing awards programme across key legal, business and sector awards. Including drafting submissions and advising partners/teams on best practice.

- Identifying, managing and supporting the implementation and effectiveness of thought leadership campaigns.
This is a 12 month Fixed Term Contract.


About you

The successful candidate:

• PR / Communications professional with a minimum of 5 years’ experience
• Professional services experience, ideally legal
• Educated to degree level
• Thorough understanding of business / commerce and interest in business developments
• Articulate, with confidence to communicate with senior people taking ownership of tasks and projects
• Team player, able to contribute to the wider team
• Able to identify PR opportunities and manage PR campaigns
• Naturally interested in the news agenda at both national and business level
• Thorough understanding of the need for coordinated internal and external communications
• Strong media contacts
• Strong and natural networker
• Ability to understand complex issues and develop PR angles
• Strong communication skills, written and verbal
• Resilient, able to take criticism and calm in a crisis

About us

CMS are delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards.

CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.

Ranked as the world’s 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”).

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online or contact Rachel Taylor, Talent Acquisition Advisor, for more information.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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