Communications Executive [Media Relations]

Last updated 6 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail are on a mission. The mission is to become one of Britain's best employers and believe that starts with our colleagues and customers who we put at the heart of everything we do!

We're passionate about great service, and ask ourselves; what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? We pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. View our short video on our Putting Passengers and Freight First (PPFF) programme that outlines some key things we are working on as a business.

The Eastern region operates some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Network Rail's Eastern region is looking for an enthusiastic, creative communicator to join our York-based media team. Eastern region looks after the railway from the border of Scotland to London down the east of England. The York team provide media support for three of our busiest routes - East Coast, East Midlands and North & East.

We're working hard to be more passenger-focused and improve the service we give to passengers, stakeholders and funders.This role is a crucial part of that change.

Brief Description

There is an exciting opportunity to join us in a role that is vital to our success. We are looking for a Communications Executive [Media Relations] to join our Communications team.

As Media Executive, you will help to promote our work across these routes, which includes some of the biggest and most exciting investment programmes for our three key lines - TransPennine route, East Coast Main Line and Midland Main Line.

Working for the Media Relations Manager, you'll take calls from traditional media and pull together timely and accurate responses.You'll help to support our social media activity as well as writing press releases, organising visits and interviews.You'll also make sure we report back to the business on how we are supporting the business plan.

You'll be articulate, both verbally and on the page, and able to think on your feet as well as juggle multiple queries from different sources.

About the role (External)

Role and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

1.Act as support to the media relations manager in their work with journalists acting as a junior press officer answering journalists queries and providing statements as required

2.Support the media relations team in the delivery of events and campaigns, including briefing senior managers ahead of interviews and events

3.Distribute press releases and relevant information to external parties

4.Maintain an accurate record of media activity

5.Co-ordinate filming requests for our stations and other property

6.Support the management of the social media channels used by the region


Are you?

    Experience in communications, either internal or external

      Good verbal and written communication skills

        Good interpersonal skills

          Good organisational and time management skills

          Do you have?

            Experience writing for channels, either internal or external

              Good attention to detail

                Experience of working collaboratively to deliver

                  Evidence of pursuing career development in communications

                    Some experience in journalism of public relations

                      Ability to develop media relations skills

                      How to apply (External)

                      Salary and benefits:

                        Salary Circa £25,000 (Band 5) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

                          28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

                            My benefits - Our discounted online shopping site

                              A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, healthcare offers - cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits

                                Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets

                                  A choice of contributory pension schemes

                                    2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community

                                    **Please note that the advert closes on the 30th September 2020 and late applications will not be considered **

                                    Oh, and by the way

                                    We care deeply about welcoming people no matter where they're from, how old they are or what disability they may have. We encourage applications from every age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or caring responsibility. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you!

                                    We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential skills and experience detailed above. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                                    Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                                    If you like the sound of all that, we'd love it if you could submit your application online.