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Head of Media & Communications (The Lancet)

GLO00135 Requisition #

Head of Media & Communications (The Lancet) – maternity cover, 12 months

We are looking for a dynamic Head of Media & Communications to join The Lancet family of journals and support us in our mission of publishing the best science to improve practice and policy worldwide.

You will have experience leading a communications team, including managing media relations, social media, multimedia, and digital content, preferably in the areas of science and health. Your portfolio will include The Lancet weekly journal and our 14 specialty journals, covering a range of world-class clinical, global health and policy content.

You will lead a team of seven people, with six direct reports. As part of the wider Department of Marketing & Communications, you will work with colleagues across Marketing and Digital Marketing to deliver innovative campaigns.

Key responsibilities include:

-          Managing a busy and well-respected press office, generating high profile, high quality, international media coverage for The Lancet journals. You will lead on the media strategy for The Lancet group including overseeing project launches, developing the press office function to ensure it meets the needs of an expanding portfolio of journals, and increasing media coverage in key strategic regions, ensuring comprehensive reporting and analysis.


-          Be responsible for building on The Lancet’s position as global, trusted and influential family of journals, by leading a global communications strategy for major content initiatives such as our Commissions, Series and world-leading research across the portfolio.


-          Manage the generation of innovative multimedia content online, across multiple channels. Oversee the production of high quality audio, video and infographic content, working with marketing and editorial to promote where appropriate.


-          Oversee the social media strategy for The Lancet group, increasing the Lancet journals' share of voice against key competitors, targeting key audiences and key regions, and leveraging events such as conferences and major launches to increase visibility of the Lancet journals.               


-          Work with colleagues across the department, and editorial, to ensure that relevant content is accessible, and highlighted on thelancet.com.


-          Review internal communications within The Lancet and ensure The Lancet's successes are communicated to internal stakeholders across Elsevier/RELX



Experience and skills required:

-          Background, or experience working in science, health, and medical research

-          Significant experience in a communications role

-          Strategic thinker

-          Experience managing a team

-          Experience in media relations, specifically related to science, health and medical research

-          Excellent communication skills, including the ability to turn research into clear, accurate copy for a range of audiences

This is a one-year maternity cover role. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining how your experience and skills match the requirements of the role.


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