We are seeking a Head of Media Relations to join the FDF, shaping strategy, providing leadership and direction as part of the Strategic Communications & Membership function.

Job type  Permanent 

Location  Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: £60k+ doe, with excellent benefits

Hours:  35 hours per week; hybrid working option

We are looking for a Head of Media Relations to join the FDF on a permanent basis. Nevertheless, we are open to the possibility of engaging an interim professional to fulfil the responsibilities of this role until a suitable permanent candidate is identified and appointed.

The role will involve taking responsibility on shaping strategy and providing leadership and direction as part of the Strategic Communications & Membership function. The successful candidate will take the lead in directly engaging senior media on issues which matter, building and strengthening relationships with sector journalists and industry stakeholders, to build a consensus and influence outcomes.

The food and drink industry generates and receives a significant amount of high-profile media coverage, so this role requires a candidate with outstanding news judgement, experience in crisis management and a close understanding of media (print, digital and broadcast). 

Key responsibilities

  • Lead cross-functional policy efforts and provide support on sensitive issues.
  • Proactively drive impactful industry stories and trends to local, national and global audiences.
  • Engage with senior political, consumer and business media and industry stakeholders, manage crises.
  • Demonstrate excellent news judgment and media expertise.

Media Relations:

  • Represent FDF's position in the media.
  • Manage the 24-hour press office, respond to media inquiries.
  • Develop press releases and content for the FDF website.
  • Supervise the day-to-day delivery of the FDF Communications Strategy.
  • Support senior staff for media appearances.
  • Lead high-profile campaigns with engaging content.
  • Collaborate with policy and corporate affairs teams.


  • Degree or equivalent experience in journalism, communications, or PR.
  • Significant front-line media experience, agency or in-house.
  • Multi-platform campaign and team management experience.
  • Proven track record in producing creative communications and media issues management.
  • Translating business strategy into PR plans.
  • Effective influencer and communicator to foster high performance and motivate a team
  • Maintains judgment under pressure and urgency.

How to apply

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk.

Closing date: 27 September 2023, 5:30pm

Due to the high number of applications, we are unable to get back to everyone. Only successful applicants will be contacted.



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About the FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the convenor, adviser and voice of the UK food & drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.

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