Senior Scriptwriter

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Senior Scriptwriter



  • Job Title: Senior Scriptwriter
  • Department: Production
  • Reporting to: Team Lead, Script Manager
  • Responsible for: Quality written content
  • Location: Cape Town


As a Senior Scriptwriter you will be directly involved in the day-to- day operations of the Production department. The main function of this role is to write, and assist Team Leads where necessary, in the production of written scripts and supplementary content required in the creation of specific projects. As a Senior Scriptwriter, you will also be involved in the production of certain projects, and your role on set will be to assist the Team Lead where needed. The role involves filming in local and international locations. Applicants must be willing and able to travel.

Key Responsibilities

  • To make a dynamic contribution to creative visualisation processes in the development of Lobster Ink video courses, and related content required from the Scriptwriting department
  • To produce content that includes but is not limited to voiceover scripts, synopses, manuals and collateral. This content will be concise, accurate, dynamic, and consistent
  • To produce content that shows applied understanding of both the “Lobster way”, and the specific client’s brand and requirements
  • To proofread all written content and related documentation
  • To work with Scriptwriters, Team Leads, Script Manager, Course Architects, and other project participants to ensure all written work matches the outcomes defined during the visualisation process, that it meets the client’s requirements, and is of Lobster Ink standard
  • To keep updated on rules and changes in the Lobster Ink Writing Style Guide and various client-specific style guides, and to make reasonable contributions to these style guides when required
  • To participate in, and contribute to, department training and workshop sessions when required
  • To provide perspective to Scriptwriters and other project participants with regards to story angle and “pitch”, client, target learner profile and subject matter
  • To mentor and assist Scriptwriters when required, and escalate any matters that relate to quality, accuracy or consistency not meeting Lobster Ink standards to the Team Lead or Script Manager
  • To assist with website configuration as needed

Responsibilities When Travelling

  • To assist with varied tasks when travelling, understanding that these tasks may sometimes fall outside the typical scope of a writing role
  • To use the shot list accurately, correctly sourcing the required props for each day of filming
  • To keep on track with the filming schedule and ensure that the next film location and actors are prepared (this includes regular updating of the filming schedule as and when needed, to ensure that it is always current)
  • To assist in explaining and demonstrating to actors what they need to do in each shot to ensure that necessary scenes or images are filmed as per the shot list and script
  • To make notes on set with regard to specific shots, actors used and any details that would add value to the filming report and shot list
  • To update scripts as and when required, including post-travel
  • To assist Team Leads with any relevant tasks, such as proofreading emails going out to clients and updating the filming report

Basic Requirements

  • Degree/Diploma, preferably in English, creative writing or similar fields
  • Experience in producing written work; copywriting, scriptwriting, and writing for learning or training would be highly advantageous

Technical Knowledge

  • Experience with both Microsoft Office and iWork suites
  • A proficient Mac user
  • Exceptional command of the English language (written and verbal)
  • Strong grammar, spelling and punctuation skill


  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team
  • Collaborative and builds mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships


  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with multiple stakeholders
  • A creative thinker who is confident and self-motivated
  • Ability to motivate and guide a team of Scriptwriters
  • An eye for detail and the understanding of what quality writing sounds like
  • Can both give and receive direction and constructive criticism well
  • A proactive individual with the ability to successfully manage several tasks simultaneously
  • Works well in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment