Press and Communications Officer

Virgin Red Communications · London, London, City of
Department Virgin Red Communications
Employment Type Permanent, Full-Time

The Virgin group - a unique group of companies changing business for good, giving customers more choice and better service whilst having fun along the way. Taking bold from finance to health to travel to space. What these companies haven’t been before is truly connected...that is, until Virgin Red was created.      

 

Ooh, I’m intrigued  

Virgin Red is about rewarding customers for living a life more Virgin. Customers are able to earn and spend a new kind of currency, Virgin Points, across a wide range of partners and Virgin companies - giving them access to both everyday rewards and a curated list of exclusive experiences. And by being the hub connecting the Virgin companies we can get a deeper understanding of our customers and open up new opportunities for our partners.    

It’s bold, unique and customer experience driven - Virgin in a nutshell.  

 

Tell me more  

The work pace is fast, the business is evolving, challenges are plentiful, and our expectations are high. But if all that’s ok with you we live up to our Virgin Red purpose of Rewarding Relationships... fancy unlimited holiday and weekly yoga? It’s all part of the Virgin Red package. Plus, we have our inclusion, wellbeing and Points with Purpose strategy in place and being developed further as we speak - we’re starting as we mean to go on.  

Some of the benefits we can quantify - healthcare and dental schemes; a free full health assessment after 1 year and pension contributions up to 6% of salary.  

...And some we can’t - membership of Tribe, our Virgin group wide discount scheme; flexible working; ‘Welcome to Virgin Red’ points and access to our employee points purchase scheme. These ones you just have to put your own value on!  


The role: 

The role will support the delivery of the Virgin Red communications strategy with a laser-sharp focus on PR and partner communications. The role is predominantly focussed on media relations but given the small size of the team, the role holder will also have exposure to internal communications.   

 

Whilst it is expected that the successful applicant will predominantly focus their attention on Virgin Red communications activity, there may also be occasions where they are required to support the wider external communications team on broader Virgin Group work. 

 

The role holder will also be required to work out of hours on a rota basis.


Key responsibilities: 

  • Support the team with all media and partner communications for Virgin Red, as well as crisis and incident communications. 
  • Develop communications which drive visibility for Virgin Red, performance, culture / ways of working and any change initiatives – ensuring alignment with Virgin Management and the wider Group.  
  • Support the business in developing relationships with key stakeholders and build your own network of key contacts (specifically journalists and influencers). 
  • Through communications, build Virgin Red’s reputation in the media ensuring it is the first-place journalists go for comment on loyalty. 
  • Run a smooth press office function, managing the daily coverage, media lists, ensuring the news agenda is kept on top of and manned out of hours (remotely). 
  • Draft media relations and other communications / announcements / documents / presentations etc (proactive and reactive) and be the lead on case studies.  
  • Work with communication agencies (PR / corporate comms) and manage supplier relationships (e.g. monitoring, media tools etc). 


For this role we need you to be/have:

  • Gravitas to engage appropriately with key internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • You are adaptable with the ability to think quickly as situations change / demands alter. 
  • You should have solid experience in a similar position having worked with agencies, press and the media essential. Experience in loyalty is not necessary however is advantageous.  
  • You have experience working in a fast paced, high profile environment and organisations. 


Some of the attributes that define a Virgin person just can’t be quantified in words. We pride ourselves on welcoming people from all walks of life, with all sorts of skill sets. Most recently, Virgin successfully campaigned to add ‘Dyslexic Thinking’ as a skill on LinkedIn. Any uniqueness is a strength and will be considered an asset to our workforce. 
 

If you're excited about making every day more rewarding and think you have what we're looking for, even if you don’t tick every box on the job description, we'd love to hear from you. 

 
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So, sound like the role for you? If so hit the apply button because we want to hear from you! 


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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Virgin Red Communications
  • Employment Type
    Permanent, Full-Time