Senior Account Executive

PR
PR

Salary – from £28,000

We are Harvard: a multi award-winning agency for tech brands big and small. With services spanning creative and marketing, planning and PR, we help our clients make their move and our people make their mark.

We’ve grown phenomenally in the last few years to an 80+ strong business with global clients – and we continue to expand. We are now looking for a PR Senior Account Executive to join the team and build a career here.

As a Senior Account Executive, you are taking your first step into leadership, becoming a role model for other account executives.

About the role

You are…

…reporter to our clients

…support to our account teams

…energy to our business

…communicator between clients and account teams

…mastering technology, PR and media

You are the lynchpin that ensures the smooth running of strategic client work and campaigns, you should know your accounts inside and out, thinking about how we ensure we achieve our targets each month. Across the agency, you are our go to expert on the latest stories, media trends, and everyday creativity.

What you do

For our clients…

  • Drive the day-to-day rhythm of work across your accounts
  • Be a media hound – pitching and securing a steam of interview, feature, byline and rapid response opportunities to make sure there is real thrust to all accounts

  • Begin to push yourself, and your clients, into higher level media such as broadcast and nationals
  • Simultaneously complete tasks across multiple accounts and projects

  • Take a lead in responding to clients on day-to-day matters, providing consultancy and developing strong relationships

  • Become a visible part of the account team, sharing news and updates with clients on a regular basis
  • Begin to manage client relationships for both yourself and other junior team members by writing contact reports, providing live updates on coverage secured, updating the scorecards and status reports

  • Write well-thought through written materials, including briefing documents, opinion pieces, blogs and social posts

  • Contribute to our client’s outreach planning by leading the development, drafting, and maintenance of the media calendar as well as spotting both reactive and proactive media opportunities

For our team…

  • Act as support for junior team members, ensuring they are comfortable in their roles, know what is expected of them and escalating any issues up to your Account Director

  • Establish solid relationships with your media contacts, regularly speaking with core journalists from a wide variety of trades, nationals, sectors and verticals

  • Support each other by sharing coverage examples, media expertise, media lists, previous experiences

  • Participate in new business brainstorms, taking an active role in supporting with research and insights

For our agency…

  • Develop your PR knowledge and skillset to be able to actively suggest joint pitches and new ideas for media

  • Take an active, positive role in our agency culture and support Harvard’s own marketing and social activity

  • Maintain Harvard’s excellent reputation with the journalist community by using your own growing pool of contacts and introducing them to other members of the team

  • Participate in our training programme – Never Stop Learning

  • Approach the development of your role with enthusiasm and commitment

  • Contribute to a positive, inclusive culture at Harvard

What we believe in

Being…

…Social – creating strong teams that know how to work together

…Curious – curiosity leads to continuous questioning and learning

…Open – open minds lead to better ideas and relationships

…Responsible – aiming to be a force for good in the way we do business

…Entrepreneurial – everyone behaving as if it was their own business

…Expert – passionate about being a specialist

What we promise you

At Harvard we believe that your career should be driven by you, guided by a brilliant line manager and enabled by us as an agency. With that in mind, you will have:

  • The empowerment and autonomy to take control of your own career path and make use of all of the support and guidance available

  • Comprehensive training through easy access to our ‘Never Stop Learning’ programme

  • A talent management structure built around personal contact and clear communication on career paths and the meaning of high performance at Harvard

  • A diverse and varied client-base, with opportunities to build skills, try new types of work and work across teams

  • An equal and inclusive culture and approach, ensuring that all voices are heard and respected and we continue embrace new ideas

Are you ready to make your move?

Our people are our superpower – we exist to enable every single one to reach their potential. We know we can only achieve that by creating and maintaining an environment where anyone, from any background feels safe, inspired and encouraged to thrive. That is our People First Promise.

We provide all the benefits you’d expect – profit-related pay, up to 5% matched pension, private medical insurance, discounted gym membership and structured training to help you develop and progress your career. As well as a few that are a little special such as; industry leading gender neutral parental leave, free yoga, full access to the mindfulness app Calm and a monthly Deliveroo breakfast and pizza on us, to name a few!