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Creative Writing Strategist - Nordics, Benelux

Netflix

Berlin, Germany 07-02-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Netflix is building the world's leading entertainment platform, offering great films, series, live shows, and games that push the boundaries of storytelling and delight members of all ages and tastes across the world. Our team, Creative Writing Strategy, shapes the words that guide members to the content that is right for them.

We are seeking a seasoned writing strategist to join the Product Discovery & Promotion team based out of the Berlin office, helping bring our exciting content from DACH, Nordics, and Benelux (DNB) to our members through impactful synopsis writing. The ideal candidate is a skilled writer and editor with a strong knowledge of films, TV, and talent in the region. We are particularly interested in writers who have proven multilingual proficiency in writing and editing world-class creative content. German language on a native/ bi-lingual level is a must. Other languages/ working experience from the DNB countries is a plus.

This role will directly report to the Director, Product Discovery & Promotion DNB (based in Berlin).

Responsibilities

You'll oversee the creative writing of title-related copy (synopses, key art copy, etc) representing our content from our DNB markets to members around the world. You'll be expected to write and oversee clear, engaging copy in English and German. In addition to executing writing tasks yourself, you'll work with a talented team of entertainment writers, editors, and colleagues across the globe to build context around titles and help connect users to the content they love.

You'll apply your writing expertise and passion to cross-functional innovation projects, collaborating with other writing, analysis, localization, design, and product teams. Since we are part of a distributed team, you'll use Slack, Google Workspace, email, and other digital tools to communicate about assignments, projects, and publishing deadlines.

You'll work with a Managing Editor EMEA (based in Amsterdam) to ensure that projects are adequately resourced with the right writers, and you'll ensure that external resources (vendors) have access to relevant information and provide editorial guidance for priority titles. You'll also collaborate closely with other stakeholders to gather insight on Netflix original language content and support the writing efforts to bring this content to a global audience.

What Will Help You Succeed
• Deep content and cultural knowledge about DNB media, including current trends in entertainment. Simply put, you're a superfan who's excited to write about film and TV from the region - and help Netflix members around the globe get excited about it, too.
• Experience and comfort collaborating with multifaceted digital production teams.
• A love of language. Even though you're an expert with deep knowledge, you'll always write with an empathetic understanding of a broader audience in mind. You must be comfortable with rigorous editing, tight deadlines, and workshopping copy with a team of writers and editors.
• Flexibility and versatility as a writer. Whether the assignment at hand is a trailer script for a highbrow film, a synopsis for a blockbuster rom-com, or an animated educational series for kids, you understand that different types of content should have copy tailored to their respective tones.
• An exceptional collaborator, with a deep commitment to our team's core values, like candid feedback, passion, and curiosity.
• Experience with creating at scale and working with outsourcing models.
• Innovative thinking. We're looking for someone who's constantly looking for ways to improve the member experience through experimentation and testing.

Key responsibilities:
• Align with stakeholders on creative briefs to ideate, oversee, and/or execute copy for high-touch, high-priority titles on the service. This could pertain to films, series, games, trailers, and other title-related copy found on the product
• Create and supervise creative briefs for external vendors working on priority titles
• Contribute to innovation initiatives and give feedback to continuously improve writing tools and workflow
• Share context around specific markets and initiatives with cross-functional partners and Managing Editors - these include presentations, regular syncs with partners, etc.
• Work with the Managing Editor EMEA to continuously update documentation for writing standards and quality control, including sensitive language style guides, regional workflow, etc.
• Audit and provide feedback on writing tasks executed by external partners. This includes regularly reviewing synopses and other relevant writing tasks, completing scorecards, providing meaningful and actionable feedback to partners, and escalating concerns to the Managing Editor as needed
• Interpret and analyze data on writing tasks to deeply understand local and regional member preferences and develop creative hypotheses based on obtained insight

Key Qualifications
• Profound experience in writing and editing in creative spaces, such as consumer-focused copywriting, short-form digital, scriptwriting or entertainment journalism
• Full native fluency in English and German (written and spoken)
• Strong business acumen and proven stakeholder management skills
• A nuanced perspective on EMEA media
• Collaborative and self-motivated working style
• Mastery of AP style
• Excellent organizational skills
• Outstanding communication skills

Good-to-Haves
• Fluency in other languages from the Nordics or Benelux markets is a plus (e.g. Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Flemish, French, or others)
• Recently published examples of film/television criticism or culture writing
• Experience working with global brands
• Experience with AB testing

Please note that candidates will be asked to complete a writing exercise as a part of the application process.

We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military service status, or disability status.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gw0on2-44-213-60-33-42 in your application.