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Digital Product Manager, The Booker Prize Foundation

 

Location: Hybrid, preferably at least 1 day per week in central London office, but flexible

Contract: Fixed Term to 31 March 2025 3 days per week
 

Salary: c £60,000 - £70,000 pa.pro rata.

Application details: Email CV and covering letter (two pages maximum) to contactus@bookerprizefoundation.org 

Deadline for applications 10 May 2024

Reporting to Head of Editorial 

Organisation Description

The Booker Prizes have a unique place in the literary sphere, enjoying an enviable reputation as a cultural institution that is highly respected, much loved and hotly debated throughout the world. Over the past 50 years, more than 500 extraordinary books have been brought to the attention of the public, influencing reading tastes and transforming culture in Britain and beyond, along with the careers of hundreds of authors from around the globe.  

The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity, established in 2002, which is responsible for awarding the Booker Prize and the International Booker Prize. It exists to inspire more people to read – and write – the world’s best fiction. In adding a year-round, far-reaching digital portfolio, the Booker Prizes are now the globally recognised home of great writing.  

Other aspects of the Foundation’s work include the funding of Braille and audio editions of Booker Prize books through the RNIB, Books Unlocked, a long-standing reading initiative in prisons, and the UEA Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship, awarded annually to a candidate for the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Many past scholars have since met with acclaim as published authors. 

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are underrepresented in the creative industries.

Job Description

  • Agree the vision and outcomes for Booker’s digital presence in collaboration with the team, developing a roadmap of digital development across channels with clear priorities and measurable outcomes
  • Accelerate our community engagement by evolving current strategies, embracing new tactics and further developing our audio, video and newsletter strategies
  • Lead design and functional changes to our website through a strong technical understanding of what it takes to develop content features, enabling us to get the best value from our suppliers
  • Manage, brief and on board external partners including the external development team for The Booker Prizes website.
  • Research and identify user needs through use of digital analytics and user research tools as well as devising and conducting additional research, sometimes with the help of external agencies
  • Understand wider trends and technological developments affecting our users and the platforms they use, and our users’ emerging needs and interests that Booker can support
  • Adept and organised, you will synthesize insight gained across analytics, channels and wider research into regular, insightful reports that will drive innovative and impactful product development and other digital initiatives
  • Agile and adaptable, you will understand when and how to pivot activities quickly whilst also appreciating that the pace of change may sometimes need to be slower

Skills and Experience

  • 3+ years experience working in digital product and channel development
  • Experienced in balancing editorial and creative direction with evidence-based decision-making, guiding product development, channel management and prioritisation of digital initiatives
  • Proficient in the use of Google Analytics and other online analytics tools, such as for email newsletters and social channels
  • Strong understanding of SEO, paid search and social ensuring we get best value for money for all paid media strategies
  • Knowledge and experience of techniques for gaining insight into users and communities using interviews, questionnaires, workshops and other tools
  • A good understanding of digital design and UX, and how principles are applied
  • Experience in using content management systems, preferably for a contentgenerating organisation
  • Experience of working with subject matter experts and content creators
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to negotiate complex stakeholder environments skilfully and tactfully
  • Excellent attention to detail, able to quality assure new developments
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise your time
  • A passion for literature and digital.

How to apply

  • Please send a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining your suitability for the role and a CV by end of 10 May 2024 to contactus@bookerprizefoundation.org
  • In your covering letter, please explain why you are interested in the Digital Product Manager job and how your experience and skills match what we are looking for. 

Successful candidates will be invited to interview in the week commencing 3 June.

Digital Product Manager, The Booker Prize Foundation

Booker Prize Foundation, London
Contract
Professional, Trade
Administration, Content, Events, Publishing, SEO, Communications, Product Management, Digital Production
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Digital Product Manager, The Booker Prize Foundation
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c £60,000 - £70,000 pa.pro rata.

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3+ years experience working in digital product and channel development Experienced in balancing editorial and creative direction with evidence-based decision-making, guiding product development, channel management and prioritisation of digital initiatives