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Press Officer – HarperCollins Ireland

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website https://app.beapplied.com/apply/vsljbtxse1

HarperCollins Publishers

  • Team: HarperCollins Ireland
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 5th Jul 2022 BST

Perks and benefits

  • Healthcare
  • Retirement benefits
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Extra holiday
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Flexible benefits scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Candidate happiness
Description of the Role

To work on innovative campaigns for some of the leading names in fiction and nonfiction.

HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children’s literature, countless genres of non-fiction and enduring classics. With 200 years of history, we publish world-famous authors and bestsellers, from Nobel prize-winners to the likes of Agatha Christie and JRR Tolkein.

HarperCollins is also home to some of Ireland’s most successful authors, from best-selling novelists like Cecelia Ahern and Claire Allan, Jane Casey, Hazel Gaynor and Carmel Harrington, to children’s and YA stars like Oliver Jeffers and Derek Landy. It has also published ground-breaking works of Irish-interest non-fiction from authors such as Fergal Keane and Samantha Power.

HarperCollins Ireland, established in 2020, is committed to deepening that relationship with the island of Ireland, by continuing to promote and sell titles from across the HarperCollins Group, as well as publishing the most diverse and exciting voices in Irish fiction and non-fiction.

Key Accountabilities

Campaigns and authors

  • Plan and implement fully integrated PR campaigns for books across our lists working across the HarperCollins group, with a primary focus on Irish authors and titles, by liaising with the media, festivals, bookshops, and by using our digital platforms. Develop innovative and creative publicity campaigns in line with key objectives across individual titles or brand authors
  • As part of the publicity team, deliver creative and stand-out publicity campaigns across both traditional and new media channels, on brief and within budget Generate and foster review and feature coverage across relevant media, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, online and social media
  • Plan and execute author tours / visits to raise author profile and generate sales
  • Create campaigns that are as market-leading as the books we publish, and which stand out for their creativity and innovation
  • Generate and foster review and feature coverage across relevant media, ensuring it is communicated to internal and external stakeholders in full and on a regular basis.
  • Work evenings and weekends for events, as relevant

Championing the division

  • To be a key contact for all HarperCollins Ireland authors, supporting their publicity, talent management and relationship building by creating a rapport and ensuring short term and long term relationships
  • To act as a key HarperCollins Ireland representative both externally and within the wider HarperCollins business, creating strong links and a comprehensive contact list which opens up opportunities for the authors we publish
  • Work closely with the Editorial, Sales and Marketing teams to ensure publicity opportunities are fully maximized
  • Report effectively and communicate status of individual campaigns with Publicity Director, HCI and UK editorial teams
  • Maintain, develop and grow relationships with key journalists, producers and new media contacts across all channels
  • Generate trade press releases and announce new title acquisitions

Key processes

  • Stay in tune with trends and news within Irish publishing, to maintain an awareness of the market
  • Ensuring a joined-up and cohesive approach when developing publicity strategies, using the expertise and knowledge of the wider team – as well as your own expertise – to create best in class publicity campaigns

Skills and Experience

  • Familiar with the Irish media landscape (print, broadcast, digital)
  • Social media skills (incl. promotional and analytics tools)
  • A team player with excellent communication and interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Innovative and creative with a strong eye for detail
  • A motivated self-starter with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Enthusiastically juggle workload under pressure, and prioritise work effectively as part of a small and dynamic team
  • Fantastic organisation skills
  • Passionate about books
  • Takes initiative
  • A problem solver
  • Experience of design programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign or Canva (not essential)

Benefits

  • Hybrid working model (2+ days in the office)
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days)
  • Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • Private healthcare cover and life assurance
  • Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC
  • Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes
  • Charitable donation matching and volunteering day
  • We’re a certified Carbon Neutral company
  • Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Talent Acquisition Manager at stephanie.jemmett@harpercollins.co.uk with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

To apply for this job please visit harpercollins.co.uk.