Decades of
collective
media experience

The AAP Executive team is formed from some of the most experienced and talented media and business professionals in Australia. With varied backgrounds and expertise in the fields of business, media and publishing, the Executive team lays the foundation for what AAP is today and will be tomorrow.

Connecting Australia
to the world's
leading media

AAP has cultivated relationships with some of the world's leading news agencies, digital organisations and newswires. Together, AAP and its partners provide global, time-critical news, images and video to the world. And through these unique relationships AAP provides Australian organisations the ability to access the world's newswire network.

AAP is built
on great talent

AAP's success can be attributed to the great people that work here. The diversity of AAP, from journalists to multimedia designers, ensures that there is a chance to grow for anyone with a passion for media. Take a look below to see what opportunities are available.

AAP relies on its employees to continuously drive its businesses forward. With diverse opportunities in the fields of journalism, administration, IT development and system engineering, finance, sales, marketing, customer service and across many more fields, AAP looks to employ anyone with a passion for media. Take a look below to see what opportunities are available.

Career Opportunities

Operations Support

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s National News Agency, providing news, images and information services to the media, commercial organisations and government.

Medianet provides a unique and specialised Press Release and Database CRM tool utilised by organisations requiring customised and filtered news dissemination.

We are looking to appoint a Client Services Executive to our Distribution and Database team. Based in our Rhodes office, this is a busy, hands-on role where you will be fully trained on our online products and services to enable you to deliver a consistently high level of customer service to our client base.

Amongst your responsibilities, you will:

• Provide high level support and information to clients regarding the entire Medianet product suite.
• Liaise with the sales team to facilitate effective communication and client retention.
• Coordinate with production and other internal staff to resolve product and client issues.
• Assist with client and staff enquiries.
• Identify and escalate any data issues appearing within the database.
• Adhere to the Database Research Methodology and other procedures relevant to the role.

The successful candidate will possess superior communication, customer service and organisational skills, exceptional attention to detail, coupled with the availability to work a variety of shifts on a 7 day rotating roster.

If you have an interest in the media and a passion for providing client support this could be the role for you! 

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au

Account Manager – Pagemasters

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s National News Agency, providing news, images and multi-media solutions to the media, government, and commercial organisations.

We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a professional Account Manager to take our already strong and long term relationships in our Pagemasters division to the next level. Our Pagemasters division is a global provider of design, editorial and listings services to the newspaper magazine and digital industries.

Working closely with the Group Sales Director and Pagemasters Managing Editor, you will be responsible for:

»     Identifying and developing new business opportunities by establishing new client relationships and evaluating and assessing the market for new products and services.
»     Developing a sales plan by utilising your knowledge and skills in new business acquisition, lead generation, cold calling, presentation and closing.
»     Provide account management support and high levels of customer service for new and existing clients.
»     Assisting the internal team with its sales strategy by providing regular feedback on client needs and market trends.

We are looking for a commercially astute and well-presented team player, who enjoys the media industry. You will be able to contribute ideas and strategy, so previous account management experience with a media related background is favourable. This is a full time position, located at our Rhodes office.

To secure this career move, you will possess:

»     Experience and proven success in sales and Account Management, preferably within a solution B2B   sales environment.
»     Outstanding account management and retention skills with a strong customer focus.
»     New client engagement skills including ‘cold calling’, identifying correct contact points and following up after initial contact.
»     Excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to communicate at a high level with clients.
»     A good understanding of the business market.
»     Strategic & analytical thinker required to solve client needs.
»     Excellent and effective communication skills.
»     Highly motivated, energetic and passionate about working within the media sector.

Remuneration package consists of base salary plus superannuation plus commission.

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au

System Operator

Are you looking to kick start your IT career?

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s National News Agency, providing news, images and information services to the media, commercial organisations and government.

We are looking for an enthusiastic System Operator to join our Information Technology Group at our Rhodes Head Office.

The position is based on a 7 day, 24 hour rotating shift arrangement.

You will join the team responsible for the operation of AAP’s vast online information services. This involves:
»   Monitoring Systems and completing checklists and run sheets
»   Helpdesk support and routine production tasks

The successful candidate will have an avid interest in IT operations.  Experience in computer operations, working with Microsoft enterprise software or someone who is studying /recently completed an IT qualification is preferable. On the job training will be provided.

You will also possess excellent communication skills with a focus on customer service and problem solving. You will also have the ability to work autonomously, multitask and prioritise. Well developed PC skills would be advantageous.

To apply, please send your application, including covering letter, to the attention of Computer Services Manager at applications@aap.com.au.

Front End Web Developer

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced front-end web developer to join our Agile team as a key participant in an international project to develop an open source multi-user content platform.

Reporting to the Project Lead, you will work closely with developers based both locally as well as Europe.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

»  a Computer Science degree or equivalent
» at least 3 years’ experience working in front-end web development and using technologies such as  AngularJS, HTML/CSS and JavaScript
» a high level of competency in the development of web-based software
»  a high level of competency in modern SDLC techniques and practice
» familiarity with open source standards, tools and libraries
» competency in working with GNU/Linux-based and Windows platforms
» competency in deploying solutions using Amazon Web Services
» a working familiarity with both Java and .NET development
»   a willingness to learn new technologies and solutions and to take on new challenges

Full stack and back-end experience would be considered an advantage.

If you are interested in this position, please email Diana Willison at applications@aap.com.au

Junior .NET Developer

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s only national news agency and leading provider of news, images and information services to the media, commercial organisations and government.
The successful candidate will join our friendly, diverse and experienced development team reporting to the Development Manager and working out of our modern offices at Rhodes Waterside, close to public transport.  You will primarily work on AAP’s Finance/Accounting systems and will therefore possess an IT/Accounting degree or IT degree with business/accounting electives.

This role is ideal for candidates who want to expand their careers and have proven experience with:

» Financial accounting practices and industry standards
» .NET - C# or VB, ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, WCF
» HTML,CSS, Javascript
» SQL Server (including SSRS)

Any experience with the following technologies/tools would also be beneficial: 

» Microsoft Dynamics GP or other similar ERP
» NHibernate
» Payment Gateways (e.g. Eway, Paypal)
» Git
» Continuous Integration (e.g. Jenkins)

On occasion you will have the opportunity to work on some of AAP’s other systems using technologies like AWS, MongoDb and AngularJS.

To be successful in the role you will need to be flexible in your approach, solution-focused, work calmly under pressure with thorough attention to detail. Excellent communication skills including the ability to convey ideas in both technical and user-friendly language are essential.

To be considered for this position, you must include a cover letter with your resume.

If you are interested in this position, please email Diana Willison at applications@aap.com.au

Account Support / Sales

A division of Australian Associated Press, Medianet, is Australia's largest provider of PR, communication and intelligence services.

We are currently recruiting for roles in our Account Services team who manage, service and sell to corporate communications teams, government departments and PR agencies.
 
As an Account Support representative, you will be working directly with the Key Account Manager managing a portfolio of clients throughout Australia.

We are looking for motivated individuals who have a keen eye for delivering results. The day-to-day role includes phone-based sales (inbound and outbound), account servicing, trend analysis, campaign work, ore and post-sale consulting and new business prospecting.

This role provides excellent career progression opportunities for a strong phone-based sales person or customer service executive looking to branch into sales.

Key responsibilities
» Develop an understanding of the designated territory's industry and source information and leads to positively impact the sale
» Daily lead identification and nurturing as well as sourcing and responding to opportunities generated by news trends as they present daily
» Perform new business introductions, set meetings and scope the size of the opportunity
» Deliver and provide clients assistance with product updates and product training
» Manage inbound customer enquiries and provide a timely response
» On boarding new clients
» Up selling and cross selling
» Maintaining the CRM as well as territory and opportunity reporting
 
This role will involve mainly phone based sales and customer service but with scope to include client facing and potentially some interstate travel.

Requirements
» Minimum 1 year of sales experience, preferably with B2B products or a phone-based customer service background
» Strong phone based sales and service skills
» Motivated and results oriented
» Excellent written and verbal communication skills
» Ability to build relationships and rapport
» Be energetic and have a desire to sell / achieve results

This is your opportunity to get into a sales career that could see you progress throughout our company. Whilst we will strongly be looking for candidates that meet our requirements, you are applying for a sales role so make sure your resume sells you well before you send it through! If it does, expect to hear from us for an interview.

Offering competitive base salary + super + commission

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au

Telesales

AAP Directories is Australia’s leading publisher of biographical data, directories and media information. A division of Australian Associated Press, we are looking to grow

We are offering an exciting opportunity for an energetic telesales person to join our friendly and dynamic team.

We are looking for a motivated self-starter who has a passion for sales and results driven approach to work. Using a consultative selling approach to engage and convert clients, you will have a love of people and ability to work effectively in a team. In return we are offering a fun working environment, on-going training and UNCAPPED earning potential.

We have full-time and part-time hours available to the right person, with the opportunity for career progression.

Responsibilities include:

» Deliver on sales plan to achieve revenue targets
» Developing relationships internally and externally for the benefit of achieving sales targets
» Understanding customer current and future objectives, and offering clients a solution with a focus on value for money, and ultimately a strong return
» Consulting with customers on their needs and providing creative solutions
» Working co-operatively as a successful and driven team to meet Team Targets
» Articulating the value proposition of AAP Directories

The successful candidate will have:

» Tele-sales experience (desired, but if you have a real drive and confidence in your ability to sell we would love to hear from you)
» Relationship management skills
» Ability to identify and promote products and services effectively
» Ability to plan and present material in a persuasive manner to gain agreement or settlement
» Ability to manage Sales Targets and a sales drive to beat them
» Ability to actively participate as a team member working toward Team Goals

We are ideally looking for someone who can start immediately

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au


AAP Cadet Program

AAP offers a comprehensive cadet training program, which takes successful applicants through the crucial fast-filing procedures specific to news agency work, as well as multi-media skills and shorthand.

The Sydney-based program draws on the combined experiences of senior Editorial staff, in a series of lectures, practical work and field trips.

Cadets are shown how to write fast and tight, keeping in mind AAP's constant and intense time pressures in getting the story out first. Our main Editorial principle - accuracy and speed, but accuracy above speed - is reinforced.

The program also features training in court reportage, legal issues and filing technologies and there is a particular focus on multi-media, with AAP reporters now expected to file not only fast-moving text but also images, audio and video.

During the year, cadets will be rotated through all disclipines at AAP - including general reporting, sport, finance, politics and courts.

Underpinning the program are intensive weekly lessons in teeline shorthand, in which cadets must achieve 120 words per minute to graduate.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN CADETS

Competition for the few cadet spaces is fierce, and the standard of applicants exceptional.

AAP looks for cadets with a keen interest in hard news, from finance to politics, and lighter news too, such as entertainment and general human interest.

To demonstrate enthusiasm and competency, the applicant should be able to present a good body of published work, particularly that which demonstrates aptitude with hard news, and which shows some involvement in breaking news. The work should ideally include that accepted by mainstream publications and/or broadcasters and even online services.

A curriculum vitae should also show evidence the applicant is a self-starter. A history of intern placements or work experience at a range of respected media organisations and a current driver's licence is a requisite.

Applications for AAP's 2014-2015 cadet program have closed.

Internships at AAP

AAP offers a limited number of internship placements to final-year students of university journalism degree courses.

The internships are one single placement of five consecutive days, in the reporting bureau of the candidate’s home city.

They are designed for final-year journalism university students who seriously intend a career in journalism, so the student can experience some of the realities of a fast-paced, breaking-news environment.

Eligible interns should demonstrate a keen interest in and knowledge of news and current affairs.

Assessments of an intern’s work during the placement can count towards an application for an AAP cadetship, positions that are fiercely contested every year.

Please note that due to high demand, placements are not available for secondary school students or to graduates of university journalism degree courses.

AAP dress code is business attire or smart casual but precludes denim.
 
ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Eligible students seeking a placement must apply in writing to the email address below, attaching a letter of recommendation from their course advisor.

Additionally, the student must attach the Certificate of Currency (otherwise known as Certificate of Insurance), outlining the university’s current Personal Accident Insurance policy details.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a bona fide document on the insurer's letterhead which shows information including policy number, the name of the university (and/or individual) insured, period of cover, territorial limits, liability limit and scope of cover.

The student's university administrators can help with facilitating this document. Please note, general insurance-related letters on university letterhead are not acceptable.

The applicant's name should be included in the subject line of the email.
 
Email applications to:  internships@aap.com.au

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Engaging with
the community

AAP works with various community groups and not-for-profit organisations for a better tomorrow. Take a look below to see some of the organisations we are working with currently.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
Vinnies CEO Sleepout

AAP's Chief Executive Bruce Davidson roughs it for the homeless.

With over 100,000 sleeping rough each night, the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises awareness for those less fortunate. Bringing together CEOs from the nation's leading organisations, the Sleepout brings together funds to make a difference for Australia's homeless.

www.ceosleepout.com.au

Vinnes CEO Sleepout

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
All Together Now

Established in 2010 All Together Now's vision is to change behaviour to embrace cultural diversity in Australia.

This is done by creating innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing that is positive, provocative and courageous.

Targeting the 50% of Australians who are already positive about diversity is the key as these are the people who are most likely to initiate conversations about cultural diversity and speak up when they witness racism, thereby building positive social norms.

www.alltogethernow.com.au

All Together Now

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The Red Room Company

AAP also supports The Red Room Company, a not-for-profit organisation that creates, promotes and publishes new poetry by Australian writers in unusual ways.

As well as opening up poetry to a larger audience through radio, podcasts, live performance and collaboration with artists and designers, the organisation puts a strong emphasis on education, with programs that take poetry to schools and correctional facilities.

www.redroomcompany.org

AAP ethical
standards

AAP is committed to maintaining the highest standards of accuracy, impartiality and fairness. AAP is a member of, and is bound by the Standards of Practice of the Australian Press Council. If you believe the Standards may have been breached, you may approach AAP itself by emailing standards@aap.com.au or contact the council by info@presscouncil.org.au or by phone on +61 2 9261 1930.

For further information please visit www.presscouncil.org.au.