The Connect Group is an independent UK public affairs and communications agency, ranked in the PR Week Top 10 for public affairs. We are a fast-growing team of over 40 consultants with offices in London and Belfast, and a diverse range of clients including FTSE 100 companies, leading trade bodies, coalitions and charities.

We are proud to be three-time winners of the PRCA Award for Planning Campaign of the year over the last six years as well the CIPR Excellence Award for Public Affairs. We are committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards. We are members of the PRCA and CIPR, hold the Investors in People Gold Standard and maintain the Consultancy Management Standard (CMS) and we adhere to all industry Codes of Conduct, with two Directors from the Group sitting on the Public Affairs Board.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in working in built environment public affairs, with potential to become excellent consultants. The role will be varied but will centre around supporting developers and builders of housing, employment space and infrastructure to achieve their goals of delivering projects that improve the built environment. The role will include but not be limited to:

  • Planning and development communications
  • Political and stakeholder engagement
  • Event organisation
  • Research
  • Media handling

The most important quality we are looking for is a passion for politics and the built environment coupled with a desire to make a career in public affairs. This position would suit recent graduates and those recently starting their careers.

You will be working with a cross-party, dynamic team with experience in local government, political parties, think tanks, charities, Parliament, media and business with a focus on planning and development public affairs and communications.

You will be working directly for our clients from day one, providing them with reports, research briefings, stakeholder engagement support and political intelligence.

We provide our graduates with experience across the business, including in planning regulations, public affairs, media handling and corporate communications over their first six months. You will also benefit from our CPD accredited training from our own training arm, Connect Training. We offer fortnightly all-company training, and bespoke monthly training for fast-track entrants on parliamentary procedure, campaign planning and media engagement.

In addition to your line manager, we also provide a dedicated mentor from our experienced team to support you in your career development.

Through our graduate programme, we are keen to find candidates who have the potential to progress in Connect and be the public affairs sector leaders of the future.

Salary: £24,000-26,000

Location: London (with some remote working)

Closing Date: Please contact us as soon as possible. This is an active recruitment process and we are keen to meet with suitable applicants.

To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience to Chelsey Shanahan at c.shanahan@connectpa.co.uk