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Senior Communications Manager (12 month mat cover)

5564

London, GB

Communications/PR
London
Full-Time

Unleash your potential in a place you belong


Paramount+ is coming to the UK! A direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combining live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment, from our iconic, ViacomCBS brands, like BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon & Paramount Pictures. What better time to get involved in ViacomCBS’ biggest game changer in the history of the company! 

 

Come and join a culture where content, people and ideas merge. An exciting and open place where your talents can truly thrive and where our employees make it unique.

 

Is this the role for you?

The Senior Communications Manager plays a vital role in telling the story of these developments to press and industry stakeholders. A major focus of external communications over the next year will be the upcoming launch of Paramount+ in the UK in 2022, which will house content from SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, in addition to a robust offering of local content.

 

What will you be doing?

The UK has a dedicated Paramount+ commissioning budget and the successful candidate will be a proactive force in telling the story around this major new addition to the television landscape. If you can identify and develop stories about the content and commercial elements of Paramount+, we want to hear from you.

This wide-ranging role also covers the scope of VCN UK’s business priorities, including new programme commissions & acquisitions, as well as in-house productions.

 

  • Devise and implement corporate communications strategy for:
  • VCN UK’s commercial and editorial ambitions for its streaming services, including Paramount+ My5 and Pluto TV.
  • VCN UK’s content and programming pipeline across pay TV brands, MTV and Comedy Central, and free-to-air public service broadcaster Channel 5.
  • VCN UK’s in-house production arm, VIS UK.
  • VCN UK’s wider lines of business including digital, ad sales and sponsorship, marketing, research and finance, as required.
  • Identify external, profile-raising opportunities for senior UK executives, including Channel 5’s nine Commissioning Editors. Support their preparation ahead of speaking events and interviews.
  • Draft corporate communication materials, including press releases, briefs, Q&As and campaign strategies, to a high standard.
  • Proactively drive positive coverage across a broad range of media.
  • Develop and pitch news stories, features and comment ideas to amplify the business’ activities.
  • Manage media relations for ViacomCBS in the UK across all relevant trade and B2B media.
  • Establish relationships with relevant brand teams, brand publicity teams and international corporate communications colleagues.
  • Manage day-to-day reputational issues arising from content and business activities and support, drafting lines against enquiry.
  • Draft briefs for showreels and oversee creative process.
  • Oversee departmental admin processes, including media monitoring and evaluation, conference programme, speaking opportunities and awards process.
  • Exercise a supportive influence on team members at all levels.

 

What are we looking for?

  • A dynamic, driven self-starter

  • Proven communications experience at a relevant level in a related field.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Experience of managing issues management relating to creative content.
  • An understanding of and affinity with VCN UK’s brands.
  • Knowledge of issues impacting the media/entertainment and broadcast industry.
  • Good contacts with relevant trade and B2B media.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of social media and emerging digital trends.
  • Can-do attitude and enthusiasm, flexibility.

 

Everything else!

We offer an inclusive environment where you can really be yourself and find your niche. You’ll get to work alongside streaming platforms you can be proud of, with content that touches millions of lives. Plus, you can learn about the things we’re doing to make the industry more sustainable, and enjoy lots of perks:

  • A monthly streaming fund
  • All the health and financial benefits you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t
  • Flexibility to own the way you work
  • Mental health activities and support
  • All manner of BBQs, socials and events

What are you waiting for? Put in your application!

Our Values:

Our values are intertwined and work together to drive the business outcomes we seek, and once combined we believe these will power our company forward.

Optimism & Determination

  • We share a positive belief that we can navigate and thrive in the landscape ahead

Inclusivity & Collaboration

  • We Embrace new and divers voices, act with care and work together to capture opportunities and manager through challenges

Agility & Adaptability

  • We think entrepreneurially, are resilient in change and move quickly to anticipate and create what’s next

 

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and we take our responsibility in safeguarding children and adults seriously. We work hard to ensure that everyone with whom we engage receive equal protection from all types of harm or abuse, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity; an obligation we take very seriously.

To ensure, we are an exemplar in the field of safeguarding individuals, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the role applied for and for those who are successful in receiving an offer for roles that interact with children, completed background checks will be required prior to joining. Should you need any support during the recruitment process, please advise your recruiter or email UK.recruitment@vimn.com where we will support your request as suitably possible.

Additionally, we are proud to partner with a number of incredible communities and if you have a disability or a long-term condition (including hidden conditions such as mental health, autism, dyslexia, etc) that would need an adjustment; either in the application process, the interview process, the onboarding process or day to day, our amazing partner Evenbreak can provide additional help and advice to disabled candidates who may be interested in our vacancies. Find out more at https://hive.evenbreak.co.uk

 

 

ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 

 

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status. 

 

If you have any difficulties in applying or require access needs arising from a mobility or any other impairment please let us know by emailing uk.recruitment@vimn.com or calling 0207 555 1234. We can then ensure your experience and visit is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.