Marketing & Communications Specialist (FTC)

Closing date: 15/10/2021
Term: Contract
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Marketing
Location: London
The firm

With 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas, Skadden advises businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities around the world on their most complex, high-profile matters, providing the guidance they need to compete in today’s business environment.

We are known for our utmost dedication to client service, commitment to excellence, creativity and resourcefulness in providing innovative advice and novel legal solutions.

Skadden advises clients on their most important matters, including M&A, private equity, banking and finance, corporate restructuring, capital markets, including high yield, investment management, tax, insurance, EU competition, financial regulatory, employment, government enforcement and white collar crime, as well as international litigation and arbitration.

Through our integrated practices and collaborative approach, we provide significant value and cost-efficiencies by bringing together the exceptional breadth of experience needed to satisfy our clients’ business objectives.

We received the most top attorney rankings among law firms, including 59 Band 1 attorney rankings and six “Star Individual” rankings in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA. Additionally, in Chambers Global 2018, Skadden earned 55 top-tier practice and attorney rankings.

The Role

JOB SUMMARY

Fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave (minimum 9 months)

The Marketing Communications Specialist will play a key role as a professional writer/editor in identifying, producing and managing editorial content for distribution across external and internal platforms. The person will also take the lead in drafting awards and legal directory submissions, internal newsletters and other marketing communications, working closely with the European Communications Manager. This is a key communications role within a high performing team, which requires a highly organised, self-starter who is able to operate at a strategic and operational level.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Take a lead role in developing, drafting and proofing editorial and marketing materials for the promotion of the European offices. This includes client-focused content, writing award and directory submissions, presentations, marketing brochures, media materials and practice descriptions
  • Assist the European Communications Manager in drafting announcements for internal and external communications
  • Gather information about newly completed deals and matters, and draft marketing descriptions for such matters
  • Draft internal European newsletter and other deal news
  • In addition to producing content, manage relevant processes for legal directories, award nominations and other editorial content
  • Provide guidance to marketing managers in Europe on issues related to directories, submissions and other editorial
  • Develop training manuals, style guides and other communications' guidance; ensure consistency in European communications and adherence to Firm style
  • Create processes, templates and checklists to streamline PR and firm recognition projects
  • Maintain year-over-year records of nomination criteria and analysis of process to meet that criteria
  • Conduct competitive analysis related to awards and rankings, media coverage, bylined article placement and other projects
  • Maintain database of publications and directories with which we do not participate
  • Comply with and understand Firm operation, policies and procedures
  • Manage Firm resources responsibly.

Note:  Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed, to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills and efforts.  Nor are they intended to form a contractual relationship between the employee and the Firm.  Rather, they are intended to be accurate reflections of the essential elements of the job.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER JOB-RELATED COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong familiarity with legal marketplace and professional services firm operations
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, across a range of platforms using a variety of styles; an ability to provide guidance to others in developing these skills
  • Significant knowledge of the business and legal media (coverage, tone, frequency, etc.), and strong business acumen
  • Ability to work independently, as well as effectively within a team
  • Strong collaboration and project management skills
  • Demonstrates ability to interact effectively with partners, other attorneys and professional staff at all levels
  • Demonstrate close attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organisational, and planning skills
  • Flexible self-starter with a desire to work in both strategic and hands-on capacities
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work
  • A 'can do' attitude and willingness to take ownership of the production and quality of editorial content
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgment
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs
  • Ability to treat sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet operating needs

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Minimum of three years' related experience including experience in writing for a range of platforms (eg publications, social media, thought leadership, media announcements)
  • Prior experience in a law firm or professional services preferred.