Communications Executive

Location: Woking, GB

Job Type: Permanent  

Contract Duration: Permanent

Purpose of the Role:

You'll be playing an active role in the day-to-day operations of the McLaren Racing communications function, supporting the delivery of first-class media relations for McLaren Racing to enhance the brand, drive value for corporate partners and grow the fanbase.

Role Dimensions:

You'll be based at our McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, but there may be some local travel to events and further afield on occasion. You'll be reporting into the Senior Communications Manager but need to build strong relationships with people across the team. There is no such thing as a standard working week, and you'll need to be prepared to be flexible with working hours.

Principal Accountabilities:

You'll be the backbone of the Communications team, supporting McLaren Racing’s media relations activities, including but not limited to:

  • Press office support and managing the day-to-day running of the Comms team’s operations
  • To proficiently use, manage and develop the range of comms tools required for general running of the press office
  • To organise and manage the schedule of regular team meetings, including proactively raising and actioning media opportunities where appropriate
  • Conducting regular coverage monitoring, reporting and evaluation for the wider company, and supporting the Internal Communications Manager from the perspective of Racing
  • Provide pro-active operational support to the wider Comms team by managing media databases, distribution lists, media centre subscribers, templates and company assets, sourcing information and imagery when required, and liaising with finance departments to ensure timely and regular payments to relevant contractors and suppliers
  • To effectively and professionally organise, oversee and report on photography, filming and interview opportunities within McLaren Technology Centre, and work with key stakeholders and management across the company to result in positive media coverage for the McLaren Group
  • To proactively engage with key media contacts, developing relationships and supporting efficient and effective timely responses to media to maintain and build McLaren’s reputation as a first-class media relations operation
  • To produce high-quality media-facing written material in the form of press releases, briefing documents, website copy, marketing collateral and media correspondence where required, of a high quality and in a format that can be used across digital and traditional media platforms, and act as first point of contact for copy proofing and editing
  • To be a proactive liaison between the Comms, Digital, Partner Activation and Events departments in relation to partner activity, media events and comms and digital campaigns where appropriate
  • To support the Senior Communications Manager with Grand Prix organisation, liaison with key stakeholders such as senior management, and creating and managing media schedules and content opportunities

Personal Attributes:

You'll likely be in your first PR or Comms role and looking for that next step in your career. You love writing and you're mad about F1! A pressured and demanding workload doesn't faze you, in fact, it's when you do your best work. This role will come with some administrative tasks, but you're the kind of person who knows how important it is to get that stuff right. You are proactive and positive in your approach and not afraid to get stuck in.

We're also looking for someone who:

  • Is able to effectively and confidently communicate with internal and external stakeholders of all levels of seniority
  • Has excellent verbal and interpersonal skills 
  • Has strong copywriting skills
  • Has great attention to detail
  • Knows the value of teamwork and is able to work both proactively within a small team and co-ordinate the management of tasks within the team, as well as play an active role in the wider department
  • Has an inquisitive and self-starting nature, with the ability to manage your own workload
  • Has the ability to build strong and meaningful relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally and to become a trusted representative of the Comms team
  • Can multi-task and juggle several of ongoing projects at once

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in a busy communications environment within a specialist communications/media/PR role
  • F1 or other motorsport experience in a similar role is advantagous
  • Strong organisational skills and co-ordination capabilities
  • Media relations – developing relationships with journalists, managing media enquiries, drafting media materials, identifying proactive media opportunities, managing reactive responses to inbound media enquiries
  • Senior personnel and stakeholder engagement – experience dealing with senior team management, personnel and stakeholders
  • Able to work flexibly, adjusting working hours and occasional weekend travel when necessary
  • Strong relationship building skills with all media representatives of various nationalities, business focus and disciplines
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal – and able to represent McLaren in a Comms capacity in a professional manner at all times