Rhizome Media, Account Director

Rhizome Media
London (Central)
£50k - £65k, subject to experience
29 Jan 2019
01 Mar 2019
Job Type
Full Time


Rhizome Media is looking for an Account Director with bags of experience running accounts, generating top-notch newsworthy stories and securing coverage.

Why the hell would I want to work for you?

Based in an improbably hip WeWork office at the heart of redeveloped Paddington, Rhizome Media is a fast-growing company that prides itself in delivering excellent media coverage for businesses of all sizes in all sectors.

Our offices boast a meditation room and table tennis - but you’ll be having so much fun doing PR you won’t care. Though you may be interested to know we offer an annual £500 personal development fund, whizz staff away on a yearly work holiday somewhere hot - this year it’s Faro, Portugal - and provide 25 days of annual leave, as well as half a day off on your birthday.

Who are you?

You’ll be a PR with several years’ experience working either at an agency or in-house, with excellent news sense and a knack for building relationships with people.

Above all, you’ll be a self-starter capable of running accounts independently and driving fantastic media coverage.

You’ll have honed your skills working at the coalface of the industry; drafting tight, fresh copy, handling tricky clients and juggling multiple things at once.

Finally you’ll need to be confident and articulate, be comfortable dealing with company bosses, possess a sound grasp of current affairs and above all have a nose for a good story.

A dry sense of humour and a willingness to work hard - and laugh - in roughly equal measure won’t do you any harm, either.

The day job

We’re an SME that punches well above its weight - representing everyone from SMEs to listed firms and companies across a huge variety of sectors including financial services, property, insurance, technology, health and motoring.

Our clients include household names like uSwitch, the AA, Indeed and Phil Spencer - yes, the one off the telly - as well as a number of exciting disruptors, like funeral comparison site Beyond and cybersecurity experts Top10VPN.

You will be yearning to get involved in a huge variety of tasks including ideas generation, writing press releases and features, organising and attending journo/client briefings, crunching data and crisis management.

We work a bit like a news agency, so it’s a fast-paced and exciting working environment. For the right person, this is a fantastic opportunity to help play a major role in the growth of this firm.

It goes without saying that you will have excellent people skills, be confident and articulate, possess a sound grasp of current affairs and polished writing skills, together with a nose for a good story.

Key responsibilities

  • Story idea generation
  • Running accounts and client handling
  • Writing press releases
  • Writing reactive comments about breaking news
  • Pitching news stories and features to national, regional and trade media
  • Organising and attending journalist briefings
  • Contributing to new business proposals and pitches
  • Organising radio/TV interviews and briefing clients
  • Responding quickly and efficiently to journalist requests

Skills and experience

  • Self-starter with bags of initiative
  • Ideas person – both creative and news aware
  • Excellent client handling skills
  • Faultless written and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable news sense
  • Team player (yawn)
  • Multi-tasker
  • Good media contacts a bonus
  • Enthusiastic and intuitive
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately to tight deadlines
  • Providing direction to juniors

Apply by completing the application form below.

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