Primary purpose of the job: Reporting to the Director of Marketing - Russia, Eastern Europe & South Africa and the Director of Marketing - Nordics, Benelux & Middle East, this role will work closely with the London Marketing team and European based marketing and sales executives. I will have a wide range of key responsibilities and objectives, supporting the team in their day-to-day duties and assisting in maintaining and growing positive marketing relationships with all WBTVD clients across the EMEA region.
Main job roles:
Support marketing directors in researching, writing and compiling presentations/reports/pitches to assist European sales and marketing teams with specific projects. Support marketing directors with the sourcing and servicing or marketing materials to broadcasters across EMEA. Assist marketing directors by providing other Warner Bros and Time Warner divisions with TV related information upon request and approval. Asist other members of London Marketing team with occasional projects and event logistics where need be.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been a fantastic experience, both in terms of valuable skill based learning and overall opportunities to meet the amazing talent behind famous TV shows and getting to walk the red carpet on theatrical premieres.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have always been rewarded for my hard work and especially from my managers, I feel they truly do appreciate all the work I've put in. I do feel as though we have become close and even though the company is a huge corporation, I feel part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Both of my managers have been extremely supportive. When I first joined I got a fantastic handover from the previous intern, and moving forward my managers have been great mentors. I can say that I know what this job entails from both an intern point of view, as well as management- thanks to their great support and insight they've given me,
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It really varies on the time of the year (depending on when the TV shows launch) as well as what our clients plan for promotion. It can be quite quiet and I just focus on daily tasks, but there are often big events such as the London International Press Junket- where it gets very busy and almost manic.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My managers often travel abroad, whether it is to see intentional clients in Africa, Eastern Europe, Nordics or Middle East. They also travel to industry events such as MIPCOM in Cannes and LA SCREENINGS in the US. This requires me to take over a lot of their responsibilities in the office and often follow-up or take on projects and make business decisions.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This amazing placement has given me the skills to be more organised, multi-task (as my role entails covering over 30 countries) and understand the real business world of the entertainment industry. I believe I can apply all of this and more that I've learned throughout the year for the theory I will be learning at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Working in this environment with such a big team of managers, creative team, sales team and marketing team has been amazing. I've made friends with so many people and it truly has been a pleasure coming into work throughout the week.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was not sure what the placement would look like at the beginning. There was a brief description of the placement and the role itself, but I really had no idea what it would be like. But within a week or so, I knew exactly what the company needed from me and what kind of projects I would take on. Of course, within time and only with actual experience I actually understood what I was doing and what this role was about, but it has definitely been well organised. Warner has a great network of interns, a great learning and development team supporting the intern group as well as other departments, and you can really see that this is a valued/well organised programme here.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company has a specific training scheme for interns, looking at different areas of employ-ability skills. This is in addition to all the training and guidance given to your specific role within the company. I would also say most learning and real life skill has been taught to me when I chaired meetings, attended specific client events and really got to see the inner workings of the company as a whole, and how the department fits in with that. This cannot be learned from theory, this kind of specific experience and learning has to come from development in a real-life environment.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would say it really depends on the timing and the department. Because Warner is such a great company, there is not a high turnover of staff, so it depends on whether there is a role to be filled. But I know there are many young managers/directors that started off as interns, and definitely recommend checking in with HR and following the news in the company, as there will definitely be an opportunity to come back, and Warner values previous experience within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a really good network for interns and a close relationship with colleagues in the department as well. The company also carries out intern events/drinks for us to really get to know each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is obviously more expensive than any other city in the UK. But Holborn is not as bad as central London, for instance Oxford Circus. There are definitely some places that can be cheap!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
So many opportunities for activities such as charity events - the company has a charity group called IMPACT. That's where employees can donate money or even start a group or event themselves. This is a fantastic opportunity to do more outside of work, and give back! Other than that, there is also a Warner Fitness programme, training for the triathlon. We also have so many great marketing digital speaker sessions, where we invite influential companies and their CEOs/managers to present how in a digital scope- they can assist our company in marketing our content.