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Last updated: Friday 19 May, 2017
Communications and Events Manager (Maternity Cover)
London, EC4

About the Job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Communications and Events Manager to join our team for a one year maternity contract, based in the heart of Central London. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will have sole responsibility for delivering all aspects of PLS’s communications, in addition to organising PLS events and representing us at trade fairs.
This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with the relevant knowledge and experience to ensure a smooth transition during this cover period. You will be working closely with the CEO and the wider PLS team in providing an outstanding service to the UK publishing industry.
Your key responsibilities will include:
Marketing and managing all PLS events including Introduction to Collective Licensing seminars, webinars, the Annual Open Meeting, Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, and delivering ad hoc sponsorship
Implementing and delivering the PLS rebrand across channels
Running cross channel marketing campaigns as necessary for PLS services (PLS Permissions and Access to Research)
Creating printed and marketing collateral including print and online adverts, ebulletins, leaflets, and the Annual Review
Managing including creating news stories, press releases, managing web updates and ensuring website is up to date
Managing all communications processes including budgeting, scheduling, and quarterly board reports
Personal Profile
We are looking for a motivated and confident communications professional, ideally with 2-5 years experience of working within the publishing industry. You must be confident in your ability and position to work with both internal and external stakeholders accordingly, and able to establish strong and positive working relationships with such parties. You will be working predominantly in an independent capacity, and so a proactive and dynamic attitude to your work is essential. You must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment, capable under pressure, and able to manage and negotiate well between conflicting demands and interests.
The successful applicant:
Graduate with 2-5 years’ work experience in publishing.
Essential Skills
Marketing and communications in a similar environment
Pro-active self-starter who is able to manage more than one project at a time.
Ability to work independently and as part of a small team: flexible and assertive.
Ability to follow projects through to completion and work to deadlines.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills with an eye for detail.
Experience of event management.
Print and web editing skills.
Working with design / print / web agencies.
Excellent MS Word / Excel / Outlook / PowerPoint skills
Knowledge of CMS (ideally Umbraco), experience of using email marketing software (ideally Dotmailer), and services including Survey Monkey, Gotowebinar, Eventbrite
Good knowledge and experience of using social media to promote the company profile and its initiatives
Desirable Skills
Experience of working in collective licensing / understanding of
Why Work For Us?
Salary circa £40,000 per annum dependent on experience
23 days’ holiday per year
Pension Scheme
Holiday Purchase Scheme
Interest free season ticket loan
Cycle-to-Work Scheme
Life Assurance
About the Company
PLS was established and incorporated in 1981. The role of PLS is to manage collective licensing of
copying from print and digital publications including books, journals, magazines and websites. PLS is
currently expanding its scope of activity to respond to publishers’ needs for more central management
of their rights as appropriate.
PLS obtains authority from publisher rights owners in the form of “mandates” and distributes licensing
revenue to publishers for copies made of their publications. PLS oversees the licensing of publishers’
copying rights through licensing bodies, principally the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). PLS is a
founding member of CLA, alongside the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)
representing authors. DACS and PICSEL representing visual artists and photographers are also
members of CLA. The visual artists and photographers are represented by their respective licensing
bodies. PLS distributed £32.9m to publishers in 2016/17.
The PLS Board is comprised of 13 publishers and officers from our member organisations - the
Publishers Association, the Professional Publishers Association, the Association of Learned and
Professional Society Publishers and the Independent Publishers Guild – and the Independent Chair
and the CEO. The PLS Board nominates 4 directors to the CLA Board.
PLS is a small organisation with a team of fifteen staff and is based in Barnard’s Inn, 86 Fetter Lane,
How to apply
To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing your interest and suitability to the role by
Friday 2nd June 2017 to Kate Whitehead, HR Administrator:

Job information

Salary: Salary circa £40,000 per annum dependent on experience
Duration: 1 year

Contact information

Contact name: Kate Whitehead

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