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Career opportunity: Group Communications Manager

17 January 2012

17th January 2012

The Investec Derby is one of The Jockey Club's iconic events

The Investec Derby is one of The Jockey Club's iconic events

The Jockey Club is looking for a Group Communications Manager to play a central role in building the reputation and profile of The Jockey Club and its assets. You will help to drive the long-term commercial success British horseracing can thrive on.

This exciting new role will be based at The Jockey Club’s head office in High Holborn, London, reporting to the Group Director of Communications.

About The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club is the largest commercial group in British horseracing and the leading investor and innovator in the UK’s second biggest spectator sport.

A leader in racing since 1750, today The Jockey Club owns many of the sport’s most iconic brands, including 14 leading racecourses, such as Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, and Newmarket; Jockey Club Estates, its property and land management arm, which operates the famous training grounds at Newmarket and Lambourn; The National Stud, its Thoroughbred breeding, boarding and education arm; and the charity, Racing Welfare, which offers help to all racing's people in need. Please visit for more details.

Responsibilities of the role include:
  • Managing and delivering effective communications to build the reputation and profile of The Jockey Club among a range of key B2B and B2C audiences
  • Operating as a key member of the Communications team under the direction of the Group Director of Communications
  • Day-to-day management of external central agencies
  • Day-to-day management of Group internal communications
  • Developing key collateral from briefing materials to news releases
  • Supporting the success of communications programmes delivered within the Group
  • Providing best practice insights and guidance on communications to all parts of the Group
  • Providing issues management support to all parts of the Group when required
  • Developing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Overseeing adherence to the Group’s communications policy

Key skills and experience required for the role:
  • A proven track record of managing and delivering game-changing communications in-house or working for an agency
  • A strategic mind, excellent writing skills and a nose for news and compelling content
  • Creativity and the confidence to put forward new concepts and ideas
  • Experience of managing challenging issues under pressure
  • A self-starter with the ability to take ownership of projects
  • A team player prepared to carry out any task
  • A keen understanding of all communications channels, including the role of digital platforms
  • Strong media contacts – particularly those covering sport or business
  • The ability to build strong relationships quickly with internal and external stakeholders
  • An insistence on upholding quality standards

Salary: Competitive 

Hours: You would be contracted to work standard office hours, with the flexibility required of an important in-house communications role operating in the sports and leisure industry.

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