Job Title: Press Officer, Springer Nature
Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, is looking for a Press Officer to join its fast-paced external communications team. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in promoting research and other content published in Nature Research, BMC and Springer journals and books. Our content generates widespread, high-quality media coverage worldwide every week, in print, broadcast and online channels.
Based in our London office, the Press Officer will have responsibility for promoting research from a variety of journals in the Springer Nature portfolio to media, working with journalists, authors and institutional press officers. This position will see you work closely with key figures in the editorial and publishing, marketing and social media teams, and the chance to work with global colleagues.
If you have experience of working in science and/or research communications, with a talent for writing excellent press releases and communicating complex information in an accessible way, then we want to hear from you.
• Day-to-day management of the promotion of journal content
• Working with press office colleagues and journal editorial and publishing staff to identify suitable content for promotion
• Writing and editing press releases and blog posts about research papers and other content, which are clear and broadly accessible, while remaining scientifically accurate and hype-free
• Coordinating with editorial and production colleagues to track papers during production and ensure press releases are ready in time to meet the often tight deadlines
• Responding in a timely fashion to a wide range of phone and email queries from journalists, authors and institutional press officers.
• Maintaining strong relationships with the global media and continuing to build contacts
• Visiting institutional press offices to maintain good working relationships and promote the Journals and Editorial Communications team and Springer Nature
• Monitoring media coverage and producing coverage reports
• Organising press briefings for research papers as necessary, coordinating venues, audio conferences and working with other press officers involved
• Supporting the Senior Communications Manager by helping to deal with urgent or crisis situations such as embargo breaks, controversial papers or emerging reputational issues (such as retractions)
• Working with and supporting communications colleagues across the Journals and Editorial Communications team and the wider Communications division
Qualifications, Skills, Experience
• A degree in a science-related subject or equivalent experience
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience of writing scientific press releases
• Ability to multitask, manage conflicting deadlines, keep sight of short and long term goals, and prioritise and manage urgent or critical situations
• Ability to take responsibility for a workload, and to problem-solve when necessary
• Ability to work well within a team
• Attention to detail and the ability to adhere to established procedures
• Strong and broad scientific knowledge and an awareness of controversial or complex scientific issues
• Sound understanding of the international media landscape
• Basic understanding of corporate applications of social media channels
• Experience in a science press office or research communications environment; experience or knowledge of publishing would also be beneficial
• Experience on the telephone with various language speakers and/or in working in a global press office
• Experience with Microsoft Office, databases and content management systems
To apply please upload a copy of your CV and cover letter, outlining your suitability and stating your salary expectations and notice period.
*Closing date: 17th June 2019