Newsdirect’s Cardiff office supports over 60 high profile organisations to track political developments in Wales. We’re looking for a new full-time Account Manager to join our six-strong Wales team monitoring the output of the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh Government and key stakeholders.

You’ll be assessing all content for relevance, writing it up and compiling it into daily and weekly monitoring reports for a small group of clients.

Your duties will include:

  • Scanning and summarising content for precise client interests
  • Managing relationships with key client contacts and maintaining regular communication (both face-to-face and phone/email) to ensure their requirements are being met
  • Assisting in the preparation of policy profiles and research
  • Keeping effective notes and records as well as maintaining client data
  • Identifying new business opportunities and participating in service development activities
  • Reporting from party conferences and attending policy and networking events as required
  • Providing a helpful and responsive helpdesk service for client requests

We want to hear from candidates who can offer:

  • A strong working knowledge of Welsh politics, institutions and processes
  • First-rate writing and proofing skills
  • Experience of working in a deadline-driven role
  • A positive, adaptable attitude

The following aren’t essential but will strengthen your application:

  • Welsh language skills
  • NCTJ qualification
  • Experience working in a political environment, newsroom or public affairs role
  • Specialist knowledge of a devolved policy area such as health, education or culture

What we offer:

  • Salary: Starting salary of £18k per annum + overtime + 5% pension contribution
  • Hours: 0830 – 1700 Monday – Thursday and 0830 – 1500 Friday. Some evening and weekend working will be required to cover Assembly sittings and conferences
  • Holiday: 20 days + 8 bank holidays + 3 festive shut down days
  • Flexibility: We offer home-based working after initial 8-week training period in Cardiff
  • Training: All staff are encouraged to undertake personal development with time off available for training
  • Experience: Newsdirect alumni have gone on to forge careers in UK central government, the European Commission, National Assembly for Wales and some of the highest profile organisations in the UK including the BMA, GMC and the NUS

How to apply:

We will make our assessment of your ability to do this job based on the standard of your application as opposed to your academic qualifications.

Please send a CV (2 pages max), a covering letter (1 page max) and a 400-word summary of the First Minister’s recent statement on the legislative programme to Robyn Evans (robyn@newsdirectwales.com) by 10:00 on Monday 19th August. Please indicate the date you would be available to start.

Recruitment Schedule

  • 19th August: Deadline for applications / long listing / invite to phone interview
  • 20th August: phone interviews / short listing / invite to in person interviews
  • 22nd / 23rd August: in person interviews / offers

If you have any queries, please email Robyn to discuss.