Senior Account Executive – Built Environment

Snapdragon at PLMR is a specialist planning, property, and built environment division within PLMR, working with housebuilders, commercial developers, and investors providing services to a range of clients across London, and the South East of England. So, an interest in property, planning, and regional economic growth is advantageous.

PLMR is a successful, fast-growing communications agency with a dynamic, vibrant team that works with high-profile clients and sectors to deliver public affairs, public relations, and digital solutions for its clients. The business operates across the UK, with offices in Birmingham, London, East of England, and Scotland. Travel within the UK, from time to time, is an important part of the role. You may also be required to work evenings and weekends on occasion. A full driving license whilst not essential, is desirable.

In this role, you will hit the ground running in a very hands-on position, working within a small and energetic team where you will look after clients in the built environment sector.

The ideal candidate will be client focused, results orientated, highly organised, calm under pressure, dynamic and passionate. Experience within a PR agency or in-house communications role is desirable, and the candidate should have a strong understanding of managing clients and multiple stakeholder groups, know how to generate and contribute ideas, craft engaging and well-articulated copy for our engagement materials, and deliver results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

 

Key career progression points:

  • You have been employed in an agency or a relevant organisation for at least 18 months
  • You show clear aptitude for consultancy – you can work independently, be proactive, anticipate issues, have good ideas, can write well and create accurate client-ready documents and digital content, have a can-do attitude, have excellent interpersonal skills, show a keen interest and specialist knowledge in relevant sectors, and are seeking to establish your individual reputation within industry circles
  • You show potential as a manager – you are well organised, a good communicator within a team, able to prioritise work according to urgency without overlooking non-urgent items, able to turn from task to task effectively, enthusiastic and approachable, you can be relied on to deliver on tasks for senior review within given deadlines

Main responsibilities:

 

Client delivery

  • sending out client-ready, accurate communications which require minimal review by senior colleagues
  • accurately presenting and adapting client messaging for different audiences, including digital channels
  • developing excellent client relationships – ensuring that the client feels well serviced, able to call for advice at any time, and maximising the opportunities for account development
  • showing care and attention to detail – that work is completed on time to the appropriate standards, anticipating client demands and ensuring that Snapdragon at PLMR is always ‘adding value’ to its clients
  • delegating tasks to junior colleagues where appropriate and motivating them to deliver on these
  • Competent at liaising with a range of key stakeholders at any given time, including politicians at all levels, and any relevant interest groups
  • event management, including consultation events, digital promotion and physical promotional events
  • developing and maintaining an expertise in client sectors and related policy fields
  • responding to requests for information from clients which may be at short notice
  • writing political briefing materials, press releases, stakeholder letters, and other consultation materials, including but not limited to; exhibition boards, website copy, leaflet, flyers and posters
  • using social media and digital channels to help promote ley messaging for clients and PLMR
  • providing regular copy for the Snapdragon and PLMR websites – blogging, case studies, features, comment
  • drafting appropriate responses to community consultation enquiries
  • creating final press releases which need minimal alterations on review
  • accurately monitoring the media, including newspapers, magazines, journals, broadcasts, newswires, social media channels and blogs, to help keep ahead of any emerging issues.
  • proof-reading all written material

 

 

PLMR growth

  • identifying new business opportunities and following up on them on a timely basis, thereby assisting in the growth of the wider PLMR business and the achievement of its business plan
  • assisting senior colleagues in creating and delivering winning proposals for new business pitches
  • promoting a positive, professional image of Snapdragon at PLMR as a market leader to external audiences through networking and representing the company at events, and on social media
  • providing updates on new business leads regularly to other senior colleagues
  • relationship building and networking with colleagues, clients and the media
  • participating in presentations to existing clients and at new business pitches

 

Internal

  • providing information for invoicing and cost recharging to the finance department in a timely manner as requested
  • developing a positive professional relationship with PLMR colleagues, and contributing to a thriving day to day working environment
  • ensuring Snapdragon and PLMR staff resources are fully utilised
  • developing a personal professional reputation as a reliable, competent manager
  • contributing to PLMR planning and strategy
  • communicating effectively internally to manage work levels and deliverables deadlines
  • fostering a positive day to day working environment
  • setting a professional example to junior colleagues
  • assisting in PLMR recruitment and retention – providing feedback on colleagues, appraising line reports, identifying and interviewing potential candidates for new positions

 

Skills / attributes required

  • educated to degree standard or with at least eighteen months relevant work experience
  • an understanding of, or interest in, policy and governance around planning, regeneration, and development
  • ability to write persuasively to convey client messages accurately for different media and audiences
  • a strong knowledge of current events, the UK political systems, particularly at a local level
  • proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to conceptualise, analyse, and write persuasive arguments
  • experience in executing messaging on social media and other digital channels to support strategic communications goals
  • highly motivated, well organised and able to work under your own initiative
  • a can-do attitude and a passion for achieving results
  • flexibility – capable of juggling more than one task/client at the time and prioritising workload accordingly
  • A confident personality with the ability to contribute new ideas to a team environment.
  • A strong work ethic and a sense of humour.

 

Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve

At PLMR we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK and to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the agency aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.

Job Title: Senior Account Executive
Reporting to: Account Director
Location: Westminster, London – The team currently uses a combination of working from home and the office
Salary: Competitive plus a very attractive range of benefits including private healthcare, gym membership and robust training

*CVs should be in PDF format

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