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Content Officer
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF26808

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 29/05/2019

Job live date: 01/05/2019

Salary: £24,771 - £29,517 per annum

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: Marketing Communication & Engagement

Division: Marketing Operations

Hours per week: 36

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed term for 12 months

Within Marketing, Communication and Engagement, the Content Team commission, create, proof, distribute and publish top-class, compelling content across, related digital channels and strategically important printed products.
We are looking for a Content Officer to join our Content Team on a 1-year fixed term contract to support a major project. The University’s websites are currently being moved on to a new content management system and the person taking on this role will play an integral role in ensuring a successful transition and ongoing best practice.

The University of Reading (UoR) is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, worthy of its place in the top 200 universities in the world. We operate in a highly competitive, global market – and it has never been so challenging to attract research income, students, academic and professional staff.
It is the role of the Marketing, Communication and Engagement (MCE) function to provide expert, professional marketing, engagement and communication strategy and delivery. We work in a matrix management model to build the University’s reputation, brand and profile, and deliver robust, innovative and global campaigns to support recruitment, fundraising and engagement targets.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an outstanding candidate to make an impact.
Within Marketing, Communication and Engagement, the Content team commission, create, proof, distribute and publish top-class, compelling content across, related digital channels and strategically important printed products.

  • You will have a portfolio, and will work with academics, marketing colleagues, partners and other stakeholders to develop effective content that meets the needs of our users
  • You’ll be highly motivated, astute, strategic and proactive. You’ll work with energy and confidence and be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders with different levels of technical understanding.
  • You must be able to work at pace in a fast-moving environment – able to spot opportunities early to stay ahead of our competitors.


Content development and production
•    You will create, produce, proof, commission, distribute and publish top-class, compelling, persuasive content across, all related digital channels and strategically important printed products – ensuring it is targeted, effective and cuts through to key audiences. Aggregate and curate content, and co-create with partner organisations where appropriate.
•    You will plan and build websites using our Content Management System and consider the best fit for content according to user needs and journeys through the entire digital estate.
•    You will manage and maintain content in real time across the University’s digital channels – to ensure it is up-to-date; relevant; maintains high standards; and keeps pace with our business needs. Your editorial decisions will affect the performance of strategically important content to the full range of the University’s audiences. To include review of legacy content in the University’s older content management system, and search engine optimisation.
•    You will review and provide consultancy on digital content produced by content management system users outside the Content Team, to uphold quality and suitability.

Please see attached Job description and person specification for more information.

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Head of Content

Contact role:

Senior Content Officer

Contact name:

Victoria Baldwin

Contact name:

Martin Watts

Contact phone:

0118 378 3874

Contact phone:

0118 378 3879

Contact email:

Contact email:


Closing date: 29/05/2019

Interview date: 07/06/2019

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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