We are seeking a high flier for our press office

16-Sep-2014 @ 10:00

Syed Kamall Syed Kamall

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The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, which includes the British Conservative MEPs led by Syed Kamall, seeks to recruit a Media Officer for the UK Delegation (Conservatives in the European Parliament) to join its staff in Brussels.

The Position:

The Media Officer will report the Head of Media for the UK delegation of the ECR Group in carrying out a variety of tasks which would include inter alia:

  • promoting the work of the delegation through social media;
  • developing the delegation's profile in broadcast media;
  • identifying media opportunities and delivering the delegation's communications strategy;
  • preparing press releases, letters to the editor and articles for MEPs;
  • briefing members of the press both in the UK and Brussels on the priorities and activities of the delegation;
  • preparing material to assist MEPs with national & local campaigns;
  • maintaining databases and other research materials;
  • reacting swiftly to opportunities and events;
  • offering political campaigns and media advice to Members;
  • liaising with CCHQ Press Officers;
  • working with other members and staff within the ECR Group.

The post of Media Officer in the Secretariat of the ECR Group in the EP requires great flexibility and adaptability: highly irregular working hours (including frequent travel and in particular several days per month in Strasbourg during the plenary sessions), varying workloads, and the capacity for teamwork in an international environment.


The delegation is seeking a high-flying individual who can demonstrate a successful track record in communications, particularly in using social media to advance campaign objectives..

The successful candidate will:

  • have experience in a media environment, such as a press officer or a journalist, particularly in using broadcast and social media in the United Kingdom;
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the role of social media and websites to develop political campaigns, increase awareness, and build support;

He/she will also:

  • have strong political judgment, an attention to detail and an ability to judge newsworthiness;
  • have a strong understanding of the news agenda in Westminster and Brussels, and the devolved assemblies;
  • be a supporter of the ECR and, in the British context, be a supporter of the Conservative Party;
  • be able to communicate precisely and effectively in print and orally;
  • have a strong interest in the European Union and the European Parliament;
  • be able to work in a demanding environment with many competing priorities to manage;
  • be a fluent English speaker, knowledge of a second official language of the EU is highly desirable;
  • be a citizen of a member state of the European Union;
  • have some knowledge of web design.


A competitive salary is on offer based on the length of experience of the successful applicant in line with European Parliament rules.


To apply, please submit a clear and comprehensive CV and a detailed covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the position and specifically how you meet each of the criteria above.

Please also include some examples of previous work, such as press releases or articles drafted, or campaign materials produced.

Please give current salary details. Applications should be addressed to John Furbisher, Conservative MEPs Head of Media, and submitted by email to christina.banteli@europarl.europa.euputting "MEDIA OFFICER APPLICATION" in the subject field.


28th September 2014. Applications after this date will not be considered. Interviews will take place in London on 10th October. We anticipate a start date of 1st December 2014.

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