Senior Content Manager

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We're looking for a Senior Content Manager to join our team in London as part of our Content function.

Your team:  Your role sits within the content production (programming) team at LIONS and will be responsible for curating content across our events portfolio. LIONS content programmes are highly rated and focussed on driving value for our customers. The content production team upholds a centre of excellence around commissioning, creating and curating content at LIONS. The team is committed to DE&I in our programmes, and focussed on increasing investment from our content hosts to improve the quality of our offering for our audience.

Your Role: Your role will be focussed on creating proprietary content and will lead on the commercialisation of our content offering. They will work closely with partners to develop sponsored and integrated content, while upholding the LIONS editorial standards and integrity, and delivering to what the LIONS audience need to see.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with mind-blowing speakers within the creative advertising and marketing industry and some of the most interesting people on the planet!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out research with senior creatives and marketers in some of the world’s most innovative organisations to obtain detailed insight into their interest areas and audience needs
  • Build an in-depth knowledge and understanding of what partner needs and expectations are, and ways in which we can collaborate and integrate
  • Translate research insights into a detailed, exciting and strategic content agenda which captures exactly what our audience wants to see - compelling, on-brand, timely and relevant content programmes
  • Obsessed with the delegate experience of any LIONS content produced! Constantly thinking about what delegates need to know, removing all noise and ensuring our audience walk out of a room with new knowledge, clear takeaways and practical tools
  • Working with partners to ensure their objectives are met while upholding the LIONS editorial values at all times
  • Understanding the fringe of the Festival and how content plays out across the City. Feeding into and leading the content strategy for Integrated Fringe partners
  • Hyper critical about what great content looks like! Conducting editorial reviews and constantly assessing how content is performing to find ways to improve
  • Thinking about format innovation and how to make content “sticky”. Constantly thinking about innovative ways to deliver content. Finding ways to drive the overall quality of all content with a focus on content satisfaction rates
  • Maintain a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry, movers and shakers and other major industry events
  • Committed to improving representation and inclusion in our content, through format innovation, content commissioning and curation
  • Confidently commission content and speakers of all levels, recruiting talent and briefing them on the themes identified in the customer research

Your Experience

  • Strong editorial eye balanced with strategic thinking - clear on what makes good content and how to improve it
  • Problem solver – should be able to think on your feet and react quickly and calmly under pressure
  • Commercially-minded and able to balance partnership opportunities and editorial integrity
  • Knowledge of the advertising and communications industry desirable
  • Team player - we work with clients and suppliers from all around the world so you should expect that attitudes to business practice can differ. Working with authority, patience and creativity in balance is key
  • Confident and amiable - experience in managing high-profile people preferable

Who are we?

The LIONS brand is probably most synonymous with Cannes Lions, The International Festival of Creativity, the definitive meeting place for the global creative communications and advertising community. It’s five days of inspiration, aspiration, unlimited magic and potential. The Festival has been championing creative excellence since 1954 with the goal of providing a global destination and the definitive benchmark for creativity that drives progress.

LIONS is going through an exciting time as it’s recently repositioned as The Home of Creativity, supporting those in the business of creativity at every step of their journeys with an extended portfolio of new advisory, learning and intelligence services. Our purpose is to drive progress through creativity for an incredibly diverse and talented global creative community.

You will join a team of change makers. The team’s purpose is to champion change to create the most powerful global creative community and drive growth for the brand.

LIONS is an Ascential company. Ascential delivers specialist information, analytics and ecommerce optimisation platforms to the world's leading consumer brands and their ecosystems. We help our customers to make smart decisions that improve performance now, and in the future.

With more than 2,500 employees across five continents, we combine local expertise with a global footprint for clients in over 120 countries. Ascential is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Why choose us?

At Ascential, diversity, equity and inclusion is core to us. We’re a company built around our people - and we’re committed to supporting each and every one of them to be the best they can be. We love having a diverse team of people who bring new ideas and different strengths and perspectives to Ascential. Our employee-led networks, Ascential Pride, Black in Business and EmPower: An Ascential Women's Initiative, help us to create a place where communities and allies can connect and share experiences. In addition, our Early Talent programmes help grow and foster diverse new talent for our sectors.

We are committed to supporting the environment and sustainability, including ensuring our pension plan defaults to sustainable options and striving to be net zero by 2030.

Recognising great performance is a key part of our culture. Our Awards schemes recognise and reward the brilliant achievements of our people.

We have a truly flexible working environment with a wide range of flexible, hybrid and agile-working arrangements. Conversations about flexible working have always been - and will continue to be - actively encouraged here.

Our benefits and wellbeing package offers flexible benefits you can tailor to your own personal needs, including:

  • 25 days of holiday per year  - with an option to buy/ sell upto 5 days
  • Pension, Life Assurance and Income Protection
  • Flexible benefits platform with options including Private Medical, Dental Insurance, Critical Illness and the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Employee assistance programme, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities and charitable giving options
  • Great learning and development opportunities.

We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to perform their best when interviewing, so if you require any reasonable adjustments that would make you more comfortable during the process, please let us know so that we can do our best to support you.

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