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Creative Copy Manager

Fixed term for 12 months

Main responsibilities:

  • leading and line managing a team of creative copywriters and copyeditors
  • working to creative briefs, with 50% of your time spent writing and editing, providing creative direction and quality assuring work, either individually or as part of a team
  • setting and maintaining editorial standards, ensuring exceptional attention to detail for all projects
  • championing our government style guide to all clients and using this as a basis to create bespoke tone of voice guidance for new brands and campaigns
  • providing quality assurance checks to ensure all copy adheres to government accessibility principles and that final results fit the brand, brief and budget
  • working with the Head of Strategic Planning to set the direction for your team with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and objectives
  • managing with confidence, credibility and the ability to challenge decisions, negotiate, persuade and influence
  • managing the day-to-day delivery of the copy team’s projects while providing first-class customer service, and prioritising and re-scheduling when necessary to ensure all deadlines are met
  • developing the capability of the team to think creatively and come up with innovative solutions
  • continuing to build the writing and editing skills within your team while identifying new disciplines or techniques to learn
  • encouraging and helping your team to interrogate, scope and challenge briefs appropriately
  • identifying and supporting succession planning and individual career development within your team
  • liaising with the Head of Strategic Planning to recruit permanent or freelance staff as required
  • having oversight of you and your team’s use of time management systems, ensuring they are up to date and is accurate and that work is delivered on time and to budget
  • working closely with the client management team to maintain and build positive, constructive and efficient client relationships
  • scoping, quoting and producing schedules, working closely with design managers, video managers, artwork managers and the client team to ensure processes and resource allocation help us to be effective
  • promoting cross-team working whenever possible, and identifying when other Design102 services – strategy, design, animation, video and photography – can be incorporated within projects
  • presenting finalised ideas and concepts to clients, explaining clearly and confidently why the creative work matches their strategy and brief
  • keeping abreast of trends and technologies in copywriting for digital and print, ensuring the team’s solutions respond accordingly

Key experience and skills:

  • degree (or equivalent) in English or a related subject such as publishing, media or journalism, or equivalent practical on-the-job experience
  • mid-weight experience of writing and/or editing within a creative studio environment
  • experience in line managing – with excellent leadership skills to motivate, mentor and help others deliver effectively
  • team player, with experience working with colleagues across a range of disciplines i.e. designers, strategic planners, account managers
  • familiarity with accessibility principles and guidelines
  • experience creating editorial style guidance for organisations
  • experience editing through tracking changes on Word and marking up PDFs using Adobe Acrobat
  • an interest in the creative industry, public sector communication and emerging digital channels
  • good commercial awareness to help monitor cost effectiveness of service delivery
  • sound judgement and a flexible approach to produce effective results and appropriate, creative solutions
  • confident communicator with good presentation skills – able to persuade, negotiate, influence, work collaboratively and network
  • understanding and experience of using audience research and insight to build brands and campaigns
  • ambition, natural motivation and a positive attitude

Your application should include your statement of suitability and CV.

Please also include, or provide a link too, a portfolio including examples of your own work, and work that you have led a team of creatives to produce.

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