G4S is the UK's biggest private security company, with its government contracts alone worth over £600 million. Responsible for security services, managing detention centres, prisons, and 675 court and police station holding cells, G4S have also just been granted the £100 million contract for providing 10,000 security guards for the upcoming olympics.

Whilst G4S still seem to be government favourites, their record is far from spotless. The firm lost their previous 'forcible deportation' contract last September after receiving 773 complaints of abuse – both verbal and physical. The final straw came with the death of Jimmy Mubenga in October 2010, an Angolan asylum seeker who died as a result of his forced deportation by G4S guards. Two of the guards are on bail facing criminal charges, whilst G4S is still waiting to hear whether they are to face corporate manslaughter charges.

Now, asylum seekers in Yorkshire and Humberside are expected to accept this multi-national, money-hungry, security company as their landlords.

Monday, 16 July 2012

G4S looking for new PR Manager

As G4S' fall from grace continues to dominate media coverage, it comes as little surprise that they are looking for a new PR manager to help put a lovely glossy sheen on the situation. Advertised on LinkedIn, the new PR Manager will be expected to be confident in "managing incidents in line with company's crisis communications procedure"; a procedure that hasn't seemed too successful over the last few days.

Here, reproduced for your convenience, is the full job advert found at LinkedIn:

Job Description
The PR Manager will be responsible for the following:
Developing and delivering the PR plan and content strategy
Creating and maintaining relationships with key press contacts
Ongoing media handling
Identifying and exploiting forward feature/survey opportunities
Managing incidents in line with company’s crisis communications procedures
Developing and maintaining positioning statements
Establishing and maintaining evidence/case study database
Researching and writing relevant press releases, articles and content
Evaluating the success of the PR programme
Developing relationships with senior management and advising on PR opportunities
Providing media handling advice to senior management and operational personnel

Desired Skills & Experience
Key competencies
Experience in identifying, delivering  and maximising PR opportunities
Knowledge and understanding of the media and how it works is essential, alongside strong communication skills
Ability to establish contacts with relevant media
Proven track record of responding to high level reactive media enquiries
Demonstrable skills in briefing senior spokespeople and case studies for interview
Experience of media relations within a large commercial or public sector organization or within an agency
Drive and enthusiasm to succeed as part of a team
Highly conscientious and self-motivated
Flexible approach to demands of the role
Ability to work quickly under pressure
Personal credibility with key internal and external contacts
Confidence to work with colleagues across all levels of an organization
Confident with dealing with the demands of 24-hour media
Keen awareness of current affairs

Company Description
Do you have a good knowledge and understanding of the media?  Want to be part of a fast paced, dynamic Marketing team within a FTSE 100 organization? G4S, the UK’s leading security company, currently has an exciting opportunity for a PR Manager to join the team based in our Head Office.
Based in Sutton, Surrey, you’ll be responsible for managing Secure Solutions UK’s media programme, focused on protecting and promoting the brand, raising G4S’s profile in the industry and wider market place, and positioning G4S as a thought leader. 
The role will involve developing and delivering all PR-related activities for this diverse and growing business, as well as managing crisis communications effectively, with the aim of supporting business growth, enhancing the company’s reputation and protecting the brand.
Reporting to the Head of Marketing, the role holder will help build and manage the organization’s image and reputation across all media and stakeholder groups, and engage with relevant influencers to meet business objectives. This is a demanding role, which will involve daily contact with media.
If you have experience in identifying, delivering and maximising PR opportunities, and the drive and enthusiasm to succeed as part of a team, then this is an environment in which you will flourish.


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