Lead Scriptwriter

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Lead Scriptwriter

Production Department

FULL-TIME · CAPE TOWN

Summary of responsibilities

As the Lead Scriptwriter, you will oversee quality coming out of the Scriptwriting department: working closely with Directors, Instructional Designers and Scriptwriters on projects, you will ensure that Scriptwriters are delivering on briefs for learning and creative concepts. You’ll also review scripts and work intensively with Scriptwriters to ensure work is of the highest quality, meets course objectives and pushes Lobster Ink’s standards around learning and creativity. From a ‘People’ perspective, you will oversee freelance Scriptwriters on projects, and manage in-house Scriptwriters as your direct reports. You’ll work closely with the Script Manager to drive training and development across the Scriptwriting department – leading the way in a demanding, innovative and people-driven environment. 

Key Responsibilities

  • To work closely with Scriptwriters and Instructional Designers: ensuring learning content briefed into scriptwriting is understood and effectively implemented by the Scriptwriting team
  • To steer collaboration between Directors and Scriptwriters: ensuring creative concepts set out in the Director’s Treatment are worked into scriptwriting, and that both Director and Scriptwriters are aligned
  • To oversee scriptwriting on a project: working closely with Scriptwriters to ensure all work produced follows the course plan, content document and creative brief
  • To conduct the review and approval of Scriptwriting completed on a project to guarantee that work is of the highest quality, meets course objectives, and matches style guidelines set out in the Director’s Treatment and creative brief
  • To give succinct, accessible and valuable feedback with regards to grammar, voice, tone and style on a large volume of scripts
  • To troubleshoot and communicate issues that relate to quality, process, consistency, content or delivery from the Scriptwriting team – being accountable for the team alongside the Script Manager
  • To identify and motivate new ways of working that improve the quality of work produced by Scriptwriters, and facilitates their ongoing development
  • To conduct the course sign-off process for Scriptwriters
  • To facilitate training on master templates and style guides relevant to Scriptwriters
  • To provide training and mentoring across the Scriptwriting team to ensure that all scripting is consistent, on brand and world class
  • To assist with management of the Lobster Ink Writing Style Guide by communicating regular updates and guaranteeing that the standards of the guide are adhered to
  • To adopt a managerial role, overseeing a team of Scriptwriters to ensure that reasonable employee concerns are dealt with appropriately and that, in conjunction with People Development, any issues are flagged and resolved
  • To assist with the ongoing development of Scriptwriters by addressing their general writing quality and maturity
  • To assist with the effective recruitment, training and management of freelance and permanent Scriptwriters to understand Lobster Ink culture, workflow, and quality standards

Qualifications

  • Degree/Diploma in English, with a writing focus
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a supervisory role
  • Individual portfolio of work is essential to demonstrate writing and editing ability
  • Agency, production and/or e-learning experience would be highly advantageous


Skills, knowledge and attributes

  • A proficient Mac user
  • Experience with Google Business Suite
  • Learns quickly, comfortable with technology, and not intimidated by new systems
  • Able to facilitate creative brainstorming processes, and manage and mentor a creative team
  • Strong creative writing skills; produces meticulous copy
  • Able to work in a highly collaborative environment with multiple stakeholders
  • A creative thinker who is confident, motivated, articulate and practical
  • Possesses strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Resilient and able to perform well in a fast-paced environment
  • Possesses excellent attention to detail
  • Displays a hands-on, persuasive and professional approach to all creative projects
  • A charismatic leader, able to gain the trust of their team
  • Adaptable: willing to grow within a growing business