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Press Officer and Digital Content Editor

Vacancy Number:  23117
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

The Role

ESB operates across the energy market, from generation through transmission and distribution, to supply of customers in addition to using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is a leading Irish utility with a regulated asset base of approximately €10.9 billion (comprising ESB Networks €8.8 billion and NIE Networks €2.1 billion), a 33% share of generation in the all-island market, and retail businesses supplying electricity and gas to over 1.9 million customer accounts throughout the island of Ireland and Great Britain. 


ESB is looking for a high performing Press Officer and Digital Content Editor to join Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. As a member of the Press Office team, you will deliver on implementing plans and processes for strengthening ESB’s profile in print, broadcast, digital and social media and will be part of a team responsible for the day-to-day interaction with the media and the execution of our external communications activity. The successful candidate will deliver all press office duties which includes the creation and management of content for our corporate website and social media channels.


A key function in delivering ESB’s Strategy – Net Zero 2040 is that the corporate press office efficiently manages large volumes of media queries and associated content across our digital communication channels.


This role will report to Media Relations Manager.


ESB Head Office, Dublin 2 and in line with our Smarter Working principles and flexible working.


ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working.  

The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review.   


ESB is one of the founding members of The Remote Alliance – a new initiative established by the social enterprise Grow Remote. Working with other like-minded members, we’ve committed to developing solutions that will ensure remote and hybrid working can become a sustainable part of our business.  

The Remote Alliance - Grow Remote 


Key Responsibilities

  • Responding to queries from media organisations and other representatives.
  • Writing press releases, statements, editorial content, web and social media content, in line with ESB’s Digital Identity Framework i.e. tone of voice, meeting user needs, content and imagery alignment.
  • Issuing press releases, statements, briefings and information to the media.
  • Supporting the creation and delivery of PR/Media opportunities through press releases, content creation website, blogs and social channels. 
  • Providing media advice to colleagues and internal stakeholders.
  • Facilitate media interviews with national and local media outlets and provide media training as required. 
  • Developing and maintaining media distribution lists and photo libraries.
  • Daily monitoring of all media coverage, analysing and reporting.
  • Developing Strategic Communication Plans for various projects and campaigns across the business lines.
  • Keeping up to date with all issues that impact the company and the energy sector.
  • Working with the business units and Digital Content and Website Manager in the planning and implementation of content strategies for web and social media.
  • Developing content for ESB’s corporate website ( and Social Media channels for strategic updates, business developments, and other corporate activities.
  • Supporting and advising business units on web content creation, editing and publishing, as well as curating and managing associated analytical information.


Essential Experience and Qualifications

  • An education to 3rd level degree or equivalent, including courses in creative writing, copyediting, news writing, digital & social media and marketing.
  • Qualifications in PR or Communications.
  • At least seven years previous experience in a communications/public relations role.
  • Competent in all aspects of print, broadcast, online and social media.
  • Excellent organisational skills, a self-starter with the ability to work under pressure and to short deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as good editorial skills.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good working knowledge of digital and social media, IT and all applications relating to communications.
  • Proficient with social media channels (Flickr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.)
  • Strong capability of Sitefinity CMS as well as basic CSS, HTML and Google Analytics.
  • A flexible and committed approach to the job.



  • Preferably, you will have experience working in a similar fast paced communications role within the energy sector and experience of dealing with crisis communications situations.
  • Full Clean Driving License.


Why Work with Us?

  • Opportunity to lead Ireland’s transition to net zero carbon future
  • Progressive, hybrid working model
  • Career development through mentoring and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Sports and Social Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension
  • Access to staff well-being programmes
  • Generous parental leave entitlements
  • Comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion programme
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values: Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted



€54,000- €64,000 per annum.


Closing Date

5th of June 2023.


Note: Please advise if you require any assistance or accommodations should you be called to attend an interview.


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Your application will be held in reserve for 6 months should you be suitable for the role.