Are you the kind of PR ace who:

  • Wants to work with clients who are making a difference?
  • Gets excited when they land a great piece of coverage?
  • Loves the idea of shaping and growing a new PR agency?

Then hello! You’ve come to the right place.

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Account Executive or recently promoted Account Manager to join us.

We’re after a smart, ambitious, collaborative and sociable team player who eats news for breakfast, loves to write, talks with confidence, is super-organised and wants to learn.

Above all else, we value a can-do attitude.

What do you get in return?

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive culture
  • An agency that invests in your career with coaching and training from experienced media professionals
  • A chance to get in on the ground floor at an agency that’s going places
  • Shiny new MacBook and iPhone
  • Friday 4pm finish
  • And, of course, money in the bank – we’ll pay a competitive salary

More about us, the role and our culture and benefits below 👇👇👇

If you think it’s for you, ping an email to abigail@harpswood.com saying why you are the person for this role. Or send a video, a voice memo… there are no rules.

About Harpswood

Harpswood is a new PR agency that does great work for great clients.

We help businesses and organisations who want to make a difference speak to their audiences through the media.

We believe in putting people first. We listen to each other, collaborate in everything we do, support our collective goals and share in success.

Clients include…

  • Octopus Energy: Britain’s fastest growing private company which is providing cheaper, greener energy globally
  • New AutoMotive: Transport research group supporting the switch to electric vehicles
  • Subak: Not-for-profit accelerator helping other organisations tackle climate change through data
  • SAFERjobs: Raising awareness of criminal activities facing job seekers and recruiters

Harpswood is backed by Blackbridge Communications, a people communications agency launched in 2004 which has a number of blue-chip clients on its roster, including Amazon, Aviva and Clifford Chance.

Harpswood’s employer PR offering adds an earned media element to employer branding and reputation. We’re helping financial services giants and public service recruiters among others promote an inclusive and diverse culture in their organisations.

Our work in the last six months has included:

  • Securing an interview for Octopus Energy CEO Greg Jackson on the BBC’s CEO Secrets that was read by more than 2million people, made the BBC homepage and was the second most-read story on the BBC that day
  • Landing dozens of pieces of positive coverage for Octopus as it launched in Japan in a deal with Tokyo Gas
  • Generating numerous TV interviews for electric car drivers on behalf of New AutoMotive as we helped them persuade the UK to join the electric vehicle revolution
  • Helping Police Now publicise its campaign to recruit more black, Asian and minority ethnic officer in the police force, with interviews in The Observer and The Sun

Our founder is James Clench, a former senior national journalist who spent 17 years in newspapers including a period as Head of News at The Sun. James has an in-depth understanding of communications and is well-connected in the media. He ran a successful business PR team at a top 20 independent London PR agency before setting up Harpswood.

About the role

This new hire will become a vital part of the Harpswood team. They will have a rare opportunity to help create the culture of an exciting new agency that is in a hurry to make an impact. They will be based in Harpswood’s offices in Shoreditch, east London (once the government say it’s ok to do so) and can work flexibly.

They will support with the PR delivery for our exciting roster of clients and will also be part of the agency’s drive to win new clients, receiving training and support on strategy and tactics.

Responsibilities

Harpswood gives its people the responsibility they crave with the support they need to ensure rapid career development.

You will want to be brilliant at:

  • Building relationships with clients
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with journalists
  • Drafting press releases, comments and op-eds
  • Delivering coverage for clients through regular media sell ins
  • Running regular client calls
  • Pitching and presenting
  • Thinking up proactive ideas to generate results for clients

Attributes we’d love to see:

  • Can-do attitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ideas and initiative to share them
  • Genuine excitement/passion for clients
  • Love of media and awareness of the news
  • Desire to learn

We will give you:

  • Friendly, supportive culture
  • The chance to get in on the ground floor of an ambitious business
  • A path to career success
  • Training from genuine media experts
  • Access to successful business leaders/clients

Harpswood culture & benefits

Culture is everything. We think work should be fulfilling, thrilling, challenging and enjoyable. Here’s our commitment of what we offer when you join the Harpswood team:

  • Opportunity to learn and grow
  • Empowerment to do your best work
  • Great team spirit
  • Meaningful work/life balance
  • Career accelerator

You’re our greatest asset. We want to help you grow to become the best professional communicator you can be. We’ll do that by ensuring you have regular catch ups with your line manager to keep on track with agreed objectives. You’ll have quarterly one-on-one meetings with our MD James to talk about your progress – and that’s on top of the constant informal access to everyone in the business.

Soak up the knowledge with seminars…

Harpswood “How To…”

From writing better thought leadership pieces to improving how you present, our Harpswood “How To…” sessions will help develop your skills. We use both internal and external experts for these masterclasses.

Comms Voices

Learn from some of the most interesting people in media and communications as they come in to Harpswood HQ to talk about what they’ve learned in their careers, what skills you need to master comms and what’s coming around the corner in the industry.

and amp up the atmosphere at socials

Harpswood Hangout

East London has the pick of the best bars, restaurants, galleries and events in the capital – and it would be a crying shame to waste them. Harpswood Hangout is our regular team social… and you could be choosing the next one.

Your Culture

As we grow as a business, we want your ideas on how we can make our culture better. You are part of the culture, shape it!

Don’t procrastinate, apply: abigail@harpswood.com