Press Manager, Senior Specialist - APAC Region

Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Salary: $100,000 - $130,000 AUD
  • Location: Sydney or Melbourne Australia
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 5th Apr 2021 BST

Job Description

About the PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole. The PRI is truly independent. It encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policymakers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations.

Working at the PRI provides an opportunity to engage with highly motivated, culturally diverse professionals on a wide range of cutting edge issues, such as income inequality through the lens of sustainable finance. The PRI provides scope for development at all levels with opportunities for project leadership and management working alongside some of the most influential signatories and leaders across financial markets and economies.  In combination with a supportive culture that encourages continuous learning and flexible working policies, PRI is a highly engaging place to work on truly transformative issues.

Job description

The APAC Press Manager will work closely with the PRI’s Head of Press based in London – who the role reports to – and team on PRI’s media engagement activities globally. The role will lead media relations in consultation with the Head of Press to raise the profile of PRI in the region including key ESG issues the organisation focuses on. We are seeking a proactive team player in the role, with excellent written and verbal communication skills and some experience in media relations in the APAC region. The role will work closely with the PRI’s Signatory Relations team in the region and will work on media engagement for PRI content experts and PRI’s CEO.

Core Responsibilities:

■ Lead PRI’s press engagement work in APAC, working closely with PRI’s Head of Press and team

■ Raise the profile of PRI and its work with investors on sustainable investing in press in the region

■ Proactively work on media engagement for PRI’s CEO and Content specialists

■ Work closely with the Signatory Relations team in the region on proactive media engagement in markets including Australia/New Zealand, China and Japan (some existing media contacts are desirable, but not necessary across all markets)

■ Regular reporting of media activity in the region

■ Work closely with the PRI’s Communications Specialist covering initiatives PRI is part of (such as The Investor Agenda and CA100+) on relevant regional press engagement

■ Be an integral part of PRI’s communications team, pitch in on communications activities as needed.

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at a ‘Senior Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies


•Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights

•Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions

•Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)

Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business Awareness

•Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture

•Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work

•Knows when and how to challenge senior managers

•Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions


•Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels

•Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs

•Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement

•Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation

•Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences


•Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing

•Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in

•Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand

•Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations


•Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed

•Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation

•Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI

•Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach


•Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver

•Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance

•Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities

•Translates project objectives into own work plans

Technical Competencies & Experience:

■ Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

■ Excellent verbal and written communications skills

■ Media relations experience and existing press contacts in some APAC markets

■ Able to build relationships internally and externally quickly

■ Experience working in initiatives involving multiple stakeholders

■ Excellent attention to detail

■ Highly organised with the ability to juggle competing demands

■ IT/system skills (Microsoft Office, SharePoint, social media, webcasts, etc.)

■ A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, able to take ownership of challenges or complaints and see them through to resolution.

■ Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills. The ability to work in an inclusive working environment

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 5th Apr 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application