Posted On: March 10, 2011
Media Organization: BlackRock Media Relations
BlackRock is one of the world’s preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional, intermediary and individual investors around the world. BlackRock offers a range of solutions — from rigorous fundamental and quantitative active management approaches aimed at maximizing outperformance to highly efficient indexing strategies designed to gain broad exposure to the world’s capital markets. Our clients can access our investment solutions through a variety of product structures, including individual and institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and the industry-leading iShares® ETFs. The foundation of BlackRock’s business is our belief that our clients’ needs are of paramount importance. Our commitment to investment excellence is anchored in a shared culture that always places a client’s interests first, from individual investors to the world’s largest institutions. We act always as a fiduciary for our clients, never trading as a principal on our own behalf.
The ideal candidate will have experience in corporate or agency Financial PR, Corporate Communications, or Financial Journalism. They will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and capable of engaging in high level dialogue with senior executives. Ability to build strong relationships with the business, with journalists and within the global communications team.
The role will include the pro-active handling of Media Relations inquiries for BlackRock. Maintaining clear, strong and appropriate communication with journalists having established a thorough understanding of BlackRock’s business, its products and capabilities.
The candidate will also be able to manage day-to-day support requests with PR agencies, and liaise with the EMEA and Asia Pacific corporate media relations teams where appropriate. In addition, the candidate will be able to provide support to position BlackRock’s business or personnel appropriately and help develop and execute initiatives, as directed.
Knowledge of financial media is essential. Strategic and creative thinking required. A willingness to work, at all times appropriate to the demands of the business. For the purposes of attending events, a level of client interaction outside normal office hours is required.
•Work closely with the media relations team to plan and conduct media relations activities that build greater knowledge and recognition of the firm’s investment management professionals and of its broad mix of top-performing retail and institutional investment products/services.
•Maintain the process for tracking the division’s media relations activities and for the reporting on those activities to corporate communications in NY and other units of the firm as necessary.
•Support the planning and implementation of media events, roundtables, press conferences and journalist events.
•Support the handling of all media enquiries in a timely and efficient manner, as directed.
•Develop and maintain strong day-to-day working relationships with news media (print/broadcast) including business/financial media, investment management industry and financial advisory “trade” publications, as directed.
•In particular, target the core list of journalists/opinion leading media, and create and maintain a process for regular outreach to these media to propose story ideas and sources that reinforce a favorable profile for the division and its professionals, as directed
•Coordinate the distribution of a full range of written materials including press releases, by-lined articles, and reports related to the division’s activities, as directed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject of email should be: Analyst - BlackRock Media Relations) if you are interested in applying for this opportunity. We are seeking seniors and recent college graduates interested in media relations within Financial Services.