Job Opportunity

Public Affairs & PR Manager

Deadline: 6 May 2022

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is seeking a colleague to join the Public Affairs & PR team based at its office in Westminster.  The role will involve driving our public affairs and PR, as well as to coordinate internal comms activity with the RIA Board, members, sectoral players, and other stakeholders. Applicants must have significant experience in public affairs, PR and campaigning, and be passionate about transport and the benefits the rail sector can bring to UK plc. Both agency and in-house applicants are welcome.

Who are we?

Our small team at RIA works closely with influencers and decision makers in the rail industry, to represent our 300+ member companies in the UK rail supply chain. 

We deliver a full programme of events and information to support our members and help to grow the sector, which is vital to the UK economy. Our work involves regular face to face contact with members and stakeholders at our offices in Westminster and elsewhere.

One of RIA’s chief responsibilities is to lobby for and raise the profile of, RIA, its members and the rail supply sector’s issues to policy makers and influencers, and amongst key rail clients such as Network Rail, Transport for London, High Speed 2, East West Rail, and Crossrail, for example – and to work closely with the RIA policy function and strategic issues with other key stakeholders such as Department for Transport, the Business Department, the Office of Rail and Road, and the new Great British Railways organisation, currently being set up to restructure UK rail.

The role

Main objectives of the role:

  • Providing both: i) PA/PR strategic advice and input; and ii) PA/PR activity delivery for and with the RIA team, Board, RIA Public Affairs & Comms forums, and wider membership;
  • Conducting and facilitating PA, PR and communications related administrative tasks, as required;
  • Being a public advocate for RIA positions, in political, regulatory and PA related arenas;
  • Line management responsibilities, including a Snr PA & PR Executive. 

Public Affairs:

  • Conducting and advocating campaigns, for example on major railway projects and Rail Decarbonisation;Political relations, party conferences and contact programme activity; and arranging and attending meetings with the Chief Executive and senior
  • Director colleagues, and preparing political briefings as required;
  • Organising and attending parliamentary events and political conferences;
  • Stakeholder engagement and related meetings/events management;
  • Ensuring political and parliamentary monitoring function is appropriate, and ensuring team members are aware of significant developments;
  • Any RIA Public Affairs & Communications forums activity, including preparation of papers, arranging meetings and note-taking, and general communications with the forums;
  • Conducting political lobbying in tandem with RIA’s Policy and Technical & Innovation functions, on various Government agenda items, such as funding, Digital Railway, Unlocking Innovation, Treasury Budget proposals, and wide engagement across the political parties;
  • Facilitating RIA’s PA-related events schedule, including Devolved Nations & Regions events, politically related receptions, lunches, etc;
  • Liaising and working with any RIA contract PA support.

PR and Communications

  • Arranging and conducting both RIA and campaigns-related media relations activity, including PR sell-ins
  • Drafting press releases and media content and materials, and updating the RIA website with relevant material
  • Ensuring media and political monitoring function is appropriate, and ensuring team members are aware of significant developments
  • Providing written material for newsletters and weekly emails, and overseeing the production of the three-yearly Railway Industry magazine
  • Arranging media tours and, where required, attending meetings with the Chief Executive and senior Director colleagues
  • Liaising and working with RIA contract PR support, where appropriate
  • Speech-writing for RIA flagship events

Skills and experience

The post-holder will be expected to demonstrate the following qualifications and skills:

  • Relevant experience in a fast-moving public affairs, PR, and/or policy background;
  • High level of organisational skills required to set up and organise contact programmes, events and campaigning initiatives;
  • Creativity in organising and implementing public affairs and PR tactics;
  • The ability to network with senior political players and players around and related to the sector;
  • An ability to grasp quickly the key issues facing the rail supply chain and summarise and communicate these across various communication channels – briefings, media releases, internal comms, social media;
  • The ability to work effectively in and across a small, collaborative team;
  • Good inter-personal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to represent RIA at external events.

Whilst there is some limited working from home available, this role is based primarily in central London (Westminster). The nature of the role means that at least 70% of your time will be spent in the office or at external meetings and events, so you should feel comfortable travelling to London and around the UK, and working in a vibrant and friendly office environment. Competitive London salary and package based on candidate’s experience. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnership.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Max Sugarman, with your CV and a covering letter at  In your covering letter, you should clearly explain why you are a good fit for the role.

The closing date for applications is 6 May 2022.

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16 Smith Square
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