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We are always on the look out for great PR and marketing talent. As an agency we spend a lot of time pic-ing the right people. After all it’s what makes this agency. See below for current positions we’re recruiting for.

PR Executive

So, here’s the deal. We’re looking for someone who works hard. Unsurprising really, considering this is a job description. While we’re not averse to a bit of procrastination, we do need someone with a healthy dose of get up and go, charisma, energy or ‘joie de vivre’ as the Germans put it.

Ideally, the ‘successful candidate’ will have a good understanding of press relations and digital PR. Pretty essential really, as that’s what we do.

As per the standard job requirement, you need to be well organised (you actually do) and personable (we really do want to like you) but above all, hold a true delight for creativity.

And you need to be able to write. Writing is a big part of PR – we’re not all air kisses and Ab Fab here, darling – so we’re looking for a serious literary talent. Or at least a fairly decent one.

Still reading? Good.

Let’s look at experience. What do you need? In truth, not a lot. But some, as ever, is preferable. Whether you’re an enthusiastic, freshly educated yoof gunning for a block shattering start to your career, or a slightly more grizzled account executive with a couple of PR years under your belt who fancies pastures newer and greener, then this role could be for you. But even if you don’t fit those profiles, if you’re the type of character you think we’re after then we’d love to hear from you.

Dispensing with the preamble then, what is this role I hear you say? At a basic level, it’s working in the 'PR' team, reporting to the management team. Pretty straightforward. But what does that entail?

Well, day-to-day tasks will include the following:

  • Drafting and distributing press releases and expert articles (as a PR, you’ll soon become ‘expert’ in all manner of things)
  • Writing blogs on behalf of clients and Pic PR
  • Building media lists and carrying out comprehensive media 'sell-ins' via phone and email. PR’s are generally a talkative bunch so the gift of the gab is a useful forte
  • Liaising with journalists and clients re: potential media opportunities. This is where there might be some air kissing
  • Using and managing the agency's PR software. Don’t worry, it’s not the controls of an Airbus
  • Organising media competitions, press stays, and setting up briefing opportunities
  • Weekly and monthly reporting. Some would call this evidence of the hard work that’s been mentioned

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Good (we’d say excellent, but good we can work with) writing skills
  • A passion (cliché bell, ding ding!) for our core sectors, particularly hospitality and care
  • A creative thinker. We love a good PR stunt at Pic PR, and if you’ve got ideas a plenty, you’ll fit right in
  • An interest in PR/Marketing in general. Always good to actually like what you do
  • Polished and professional appearance. We don’t mean spit shine shoes here, but we do mean not Frank Gallagher
  • Good presentation skills. This isn’t a reference to a PowerPoint wizard, so think presentation in general
  • Ability to work well in a team. Office fist fights are banned between 9am and 5.30pm, but we do allow them at lunch
  • Calmness under pressure and ability to achieve tight deadlines. Running around yelling ‘Keep calm, Captain Mainwaring!’ in a crisis, just puts the rest of the team on edge
  • A real passion for digital comms. Digital: it’s the future. We’ve tasted it
  • Positive attitude. Whilst we love a bit of self-deprecation, please, no misery guts; we’re an upbeat bunch!
  • Fun and friendly demeanour *rolls eyes in fun and friendly way*
  • Finally…a good sense of humour. Yeah, we’re dead funny. So, you’d better be too

Interested? Then whack us across your CV and a snazzy covering letter to picme@picpr.com, putting ‘PR Executive’ in the subject header to help us sort the wheat from the spam. Extra kudos if you drop in a genuinely funny joke, but that’s really not essential.

Social Media Manager

At Pic PR, we love a bit of social media (award winning agency, ahem), and we’re looking to recruit a social media manager who, ideally, loves it more than us. So, you’ll need a genuine enthusiasm for all things social, including up and coming platforms as well as existing forms of social media. A reluctant tweeter/Facebook phobe probably ain’t the one.

The successful applicant will oversee and manage all our social output, across a wide and diverse range of clients, creating comprehensive strategies to do this.

The right fit should have at least 2 years’ experience of working with social media. Preferably, you’ll also have an understanding of wider marketing, including press relations and digital PR.

As ever in a job description, you’ll need to be well organised. Managing a range of clients and accounts can be a tricky business, and while not exactly quicksand-esque, you’ll need to be light on your figurative feet to keep on top of it all.

So, what does the role actually involve? Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing social media strategies for Pic PR and all our clients. We’ve got plenty on the books, but always hungry for more so this will be an ongoing process
  • Understanding core social media channels. You’ll effectively be our social guru, oh wise one
  • Researching and advising on new social platforms/developments. It’s your job to make sure we’re ahead of the curve
  • Create content plans to increase brand awareness and engagement. This is a biggie. We want direction, not ad hoc posts
  • Manage/write social posts. Terrific tweeting, please
  • Build social communities through intelligent discussion. Bland and boring posts? Get in the sea
  • Plan delivery and be familiar with tools such as Hootsuite to manage multiple channels. A social jugglers dream
  • Create engaging multimedia content. It’s not all words these days – a picture tells a thousand words, while a video tells a lot more
  • Competitions and campaigns. These play a big part for our hotel clients
  • Pitching new ideas and strategies to clients. We’re cutting edge and innovative, don’t cha know
  • Create weekly and monthly social media reports for clients. All about showing our worth
  • Manage junior staff. We have social execs in house – you’re the boss
  • Educate other staff (and clients) on the use of social. Guru, again
  • Liaise with clients via telephone, email and face-to-face. Sociably social, please
  • Form relationships with relevant industry social influencers. If you need to kiss the proverbial bottom; do it

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Good writing skills. Literacy plays a big part on social, funnily enough
  • A strong interest in our core sectors, particularly hospitality and care
  • A creative thinker. As a creative comms agency, we need plenty of creative input to get things going
  • An interest in PR/Marketing. Social is marketing, after all
  • Polished and professional appearance. We don’t mean spit shine shoes here, but we do mean not Frank Gallagher
  • Good presentation skills. This isn’t a reference to a PowerPoint wizard, so think presentation in general
  • Ability to work well in a team. Office fist fights are banned between 9am and 5.30pm, but we do allow them at lunch
  • Desire and ability to have eyes across multiple projects at the same time
  • Calmness under pressure and ability to achieve tight deadlines. Running around yelling ‘Keep calm, Captain Mainwaring!’ in a crisis, just puts the rest of the team on edge
  • A real appetite for digital comms. Digital: it’s the future. We’ve tasted it
  • Positive attitude. Whilst we love a bit of self-deprecation, please, no misery guts; we’re an upbeat bunch!
  • Fun and friendly demeanour *rolls eyes in fun and friendly way*
  • Finally, a good sense of humour. Yeah, we’re dead funny. So, you’d better be too

Raring to go? Then fire across your CV and a bang tidy covering letter to picme@picpr.com, putting ‘Social Media Manager’ in the subject header to help us sort the wheat from the spam.

Business Development Executive

Are you a savvy, silver tongued, seller? Then you could be just the right person for a business development executive role here at Pic PR.

To fit the bill, you’d ideally have 1 to 2 years’ experience of working in a new biz development environment. However, experience isn’t essential – we’ll take a look at any go-getter with plenty of vim and vigour, who’s keen to embark on their first venture into sales.

Having a good understanding of agency life would certainly be useful (working in a marketing/PR agency before gets you plenty of extra points) as well as a good understanding of modern communications – if you’re still using a pager and pride yourself on being a dab hand with a fax machine then maybe this role isn’t for you.

Organisation is a big deal – you’ll need to keep on top of a fair whack. Being personable is essential (no Dick Dastardlys or Moaning Myrtles, please). As mentioned you’ve got to be savvy – having a blood hound-esque nose for a new biz opp, as well as a talent for generating and managing leads.

The role is essentially that of Pic PR pioneer – driving the business forward, and taking us into new territory by winning new clients.

Day-to-day tasks will include:

  • Researching potential opportunities
  • Updating the agency's CRM system
  • Contacting leads, and securing new business appointments
  • Putting together proposals. You’ll be generating a TON of these (of course)
  • Hitting new business targets. Go get ‘em tiger

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • An appetite for sales with experience in generating new business
  • Experience and a real passion for our core sectors (particularly hospitality and care)
  • Creative thinker. We all get stuck into the mix when it comes to generating ideas and stunts for clients – so some original thinking goes a long way
  • An interest in PR/Marketing in general. Believing in what you’re selling is always a bonus!
  • Polished and professional appearance. We all follow haute couture in this office, so if you’re not down with Franck Sorbier…no. Just be presentable
  • Good presentation skills. This isn’t a reference to a PowerPoint wizard, so think presentation in general
  • Ability to work well in a team. Office fist fights are banned between 9am and 5.30pm, but we do allow them at lunch
  • Calmness under pressure and ability to achieve tight deadlines. Running around yelling ‘Keep calm, Captain Mainwaring!’ in a crisis, just puts the rest of the team on edge
  • A real appetite for digital comms. Digital: it’s the future. We’ve tasted it
  • Positive attitude. Whilst we love a bit of self-deprecation, please, no misery guts; we’re an upbeat bunch!
  • Fun and friendly demeanour *rolls eyes in fun and friendly way*
  • Finally…a good sense of humour. Yeah, we’re dead funny. So, you’d better be too

Sound good? Then fire us across your CV and a suitably seductive covering letter to picme@picpr.com, putting ‘Business Development Executive’ in the subject header. Sell yourself well and you could end up...well…selling us.

Account Executive - Edinburgh

Having had an Edinburgh presence for over a year now, we’re looking to bolster our resources north of the border to help handle our Scottish clients and those in the north of England.

To do this, we’re looking for an uber-organised account executive, who’s primary role is to make sure the necessary tasks get done for a broad array of clients, pulling together the work of the PR team, the social team and the video team. You’ll be the main point of contact for clients, keeping them informed as to the work being done on their account.

Our Edinburgh office is small, but you’ll be working closely with the wider Pic PR team through the usual channels of long distance communication.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of press relations and digital PR. It helps to know just what we’re about as an agency, after all.

A key skill is managing expectation – don’t promise the world if we can’t deliver it, but also don’t undersell what we can do. You need to effectively negotiate with clients to solve problems and ensure deadlines are met.

So, what experience do you need? Not too much, in truth. But some, as ever, is preferable. One or two years of working at the oars as an account exec would be great, but we’d be equally keen to speak to a bright spark eager to get started on a career in account management.

What are the key requirements of the role?

Well, day-to-day tasks will include the following:

  • Liaising with clients. Essentially, keeping them sweet
  • Managing the client workload of the PR, social and video teams. The triumvirate of Pic PR comms!
  • Attributing tasks to those teams. See yourself as their personal task planner
  • Following up to check on their progress. Think of it as whip cracking with a smile
  • Supporting the team in the creation and implementation of campaigns. You’ll be part of the planning stage – including creative input
  • Weekly and monthly reporting. We like to show our clients that we’ve genuinely been doing work for them

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Good written ability. We like our emails and reports to be legible, so literacy is a must
  • A strong interest for our core sectors, particularly hospitality and care
  • A creative thinker. We love a good PR stunt at Pic PR, and if you’ve got ideas a plenty, you’ll fit right in
  • An interest in PR/Marketing. Always good to actually like what you do
  • Polished and professional appearance. We don’t mean spit shine shoes here, but we do mean not Frank Gallagher
  • Good presentation skills. This isn’t a reference to a PowerPoint wizard, so think presentation in general
  • Ability to work well in a team. You’ll be pulling the work of 3 separate teams together, so this is pretty essential
  • Calmness under pressure and ability to achieve tight deadlines. Running around yelling ‘Keep calm, Captain Mainwaring!’ in a crisis, just puts the rest of the team on edge
  • A real appetite for digital comms. Digital: it’s the future. We’ve tasted it
  • Positive attitude. Whilst we love a bit of self-deprecation, please, no misery guts; we’re an upbeat bunch!
  • Fun and friendly demeanour *rolls eyes in fun and friendly way*
  • Finally…a good sense of humour. Yeah, we’re dead funny. So, you’d better be too

Interested? Then whack us across your CV and a fandabidozi covering letter to picme@picpr.com, putting ‘Account Executive - Edinburgh’ in the subject header to help us sort the wheat from the spam.

Account Executive - Cotswolds

We’re looking for an uber-organised account executive, who’s primary role is to make sure the necessary tasks get done for a broad array of clients, pulling together the work of the PR team, the social team and the video team. You’ll be the main point of contact for clients, keeping them informed as to the work being done on their account.

Based in our main office in the Cotswolds (15 mins north of Cheltenham), you’ll be working closely with all Pic PR team members including those based in our Edinburgh office.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of press relations and digital PR. It helps to know just what we’re about as an agency, after all.

A key skill is managing expectation – don’t promise the world if we can’t deliver it, but also don’t undersell what we can do. You need to effectively negotiate with clients to solve problems and ensure deadlines are met.

So, what experience do you need? Not too much, in truth. But some, as ever, is preferable. One or two years of working at the oars as an account exec would be great, but we’d be equally keen to speak to a bright spark eager to get started on a career in account management.

What are the key requirements of the role?

Well, day-to-day tasks will include the following:

  • Liaising with clients. Essentially, keeping them sweet
  • Managing the client workload of the PR, social and video teams. The triumvirate of Pic PR comms!
  • Attributing tasks to those teams. See yourself as their personal task planner
  • Following up to check on their progress. Think of it as whip cracking with a smile
  • Supporting the team in the creation and implementation of campaigns. You’ll be part of the planning stage – including creative input
  • Weekly and monthly reporting. We like to show our clients that we’ve genuinely been doing work for them

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Good written ability. We like our emails and reports to be legible, so literacy is a must
  • A strong interest for our core sectors, particularly hospitality and care
  • A creative thinker. We love a good PR stunt at Pic PR, and if you’ve got ideas a plenty, you’ll fit right in
  • An interest in PR/Marketing. Always good to actually like what you do
  • Polished and professional appearance. We don’t mean spit shine shoes here, but we do mean not Frank Gallagher
  • Good presentation skills. This isn’t a reference to a PowerPoint wizard, so think presentation in general
  • Ability to work well in a team. You’ll be pulling the work of 3 separate teams together, so this is pretty essential
  • Calmness under pressure and ability to achieve tight deadlines. Running around yelling ‘Keep calm, Captain Mainwaring!’ in a crisis, just puts the rest of the team on edge
  • A real appetite for digital comms. Digital: it’s the future. We’ve tasted it
  • Positive attitude. Whilst we love a bit of self-deprecation, please, no misery guts; we’re an upbeat bunch!
  • Fun and friendly demeanour *rolls eyes in fun and friendly way*
  • Finally…a good sense of humour. Yeah, we’re dead funny. So, you’d better be too

Interested? Then whack us across your CV and a fandabidozi covering letter to picme@picpr.com, putting ‘Account Executive - Cotswolds’ in the subject header to help us sort the wheat from the spam.