Acting Deputy Head of Social Media – Maternity Contract

We have a fantastic opportunity for an Acting Deputy Head of Social Media to join our Nationals social team.

You will be responsible for managing a team of 17 and help lead the way with our social media strategy.

This is a maternity contract position and will be based full time at our London Hub (Canary Wharf).

So, who are we?

We are Reach plc, you might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.

Role Responsibility

  • Helping to lead a team of 17 social media editors and senior social media editors
  • Leading the development of Reach’s social media strategy alongside the Acting Group Head of Social.
  • Liaising with department heads and journalists across the newsroom to ensure social media best practice is followed
  • Taking a prominent role in forward planning around major events
  • Providing training to journalists on social media house style and serve as a point of call for advice
  • Finding new creative ways to drive traffic to our sites and grow our audiences

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will have experience working in a social media position previously before and have a strong understanding of our social media strategy
  • Knowledge of media law and have a background in journalism
  • Fluency in social listening tools and analytical data
  • In depth knowledge of social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat and Reddit
  • Ability to thrive under pressure
  • Understanding and have a keen interest in current affairs
  • A sharp eye for a story
  • Shows flexibility in the role and is willing to work shifts at unsociable hours (including weekends)

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • Help saving for your retirement – join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day – an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Enhanced family leave – including maternity, paternity and adoption – and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
  • Private Healthcare Cash Plan – free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
  • As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support – including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your nearest and dearest, a free subscription to mindfulness app Headspace and access to free mental health coaching through Sanctus
  • Awesome career opportunities – you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes
  • We are a FTSE 250 Company, and also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Job Information

Job Reference: 010427_1641288815
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: London
Job Types: Permanent
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