At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.
The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.
About the role
This role will take the lead on developing newsworthy stories and building strong media relationships to raise the profile of Octopus Group and its co-founders, who recently won the 2017 EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The role will report into Octopus Group’s Head of Corporate Communications and sit as part of the in-house communications team.
Octopus’ mission is to be in every home in the UK by 2030. Our communications strategy has a meaningful role to play in helping us achieve this. Octopus Group is a recently formed umbrella brand (launched in 2017) that sits above Octopus’ six businesses, and provides a platform for us to tell the Octopus story and our commitment to transforming markets and customer expectations by building companies with one purpose – the relentless pursuit of ‘better’.
We believe that in business, it’s not just what you do, but how you do it. We’ve worked very hard at Octopus to create a culture where everyone understands that the customer comes first. It’s clear in everything we do. In how we design our products and services, in how we answer the phones, in how we treat our people and, most importantly, in how we respond when things go wrong. Personality counts. Part of the communications strategy for the next 12 months will be finding newsworthy and innovative ways to bring this to life in the media as we work to build brand awareness.
We’re looking for someone who is passionate about creating news and telling stories in an engaging and bold way. This person needs to have a strong track record of developing and executing successful media campaigns and experience of working with the consumer press. They will need to think creatively about how to make the business relevant to its target press, 3 and work alongside the wider Group Marketing team to make the most of the content being created across our social, marketing and PR channels.
They will need to enjoy working in a fast paced environment, multi-tasking, working autonomously as well as enjoying being a team player. They need to be confident and comfortable managing crisis communications and presenting to senior management. They will also act as a mentor to the Communications Executive to ensure we are delivering excellent press office services to journalists and our internal stakeholders.
In addition to building brand awareness through the media, they will also work closely with the Group’s Head of Corporate Communications to provide strategic counsel and PR support across the group. They will need to be able to confidently demonstrate how PR can add value and drive business outcomes, and will be responsible for leading on some of the proactive PR programmes underway for individual businesses within the group. They will need experience of working with agencies and be confident managing multiple agencies to deliver value to the business.
Excellent attention to detail and organisation skills are essential. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate their ability to prioritise, project manage campaigns and work to tight deadlines. You will support the Group Head of Corporate Communications on identifying and managing reputational risks to the business early on to ensure messaging is managed effectively across all communication channels.
We believe in the power of entrepreneurship and thinking differently. We see ourselves as a company of more than 700 entrepreneurs: we are always trying to encourage people to come up with new ideas that improve what we do and make a difference to our customers.
This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and passionate PR professional to join a high growth business on a mission and that is in the early stages of telling its Group story.
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