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Awards Manager (Maternity Cover)

Job description: Awards Manager, 8 months, fixed term maternity cover

Reports to: Senior Awards Manager

Location: London, Shoreditch

Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm, flexibility is required when working to deadlines

The Role

The Awards Manager contributes to the delivery and project management of the awards programmes, focusing on key areas including judging and category development. Primary responsibilities include driving research, analysis and evolution of designated awards categories to facilitate product development; project managing the recruitment and governance of the awards juries; designing and executing communication strategies, and ensuring the highest quality of entries are submitted into the awards.

Key Responsibilities

Research & Development

  • Contribute to the annual review and development of designated categories
  • Oversee the collation of judge feedback and recommendations
  • Contribute to the review and risk assessment of pricing changes
  • Conduct and collate competitor research
  • Identify industry trends, ensure relevant future facing developments
  • Manage the selection of judges, ensuring diversity and meeting organisation-wide targets

Outreach & Partners

  • Promote the use of social media amongst our judges
  • Represent D&AD at external events where necessary
  • Identify and recommend promotional partners in designated category areas

Analytics & Reporting

  • Create regular reports and analysis of queries using this information to inform the judging process and to make any changes to the process to improve efficiencies during the cycle
  • Identify and report on category trends to inform planning
  • Report on diversity monitoring of awards judges across all programmes
  • Prepare and present reports, presentations, correspondence and any other documents as requested by management

Events & Administration

  • Oversee the booking for judges accommodation
  • Manage judging preparation and ensure judging schedules are agreed and communicated to relevant parties
  • Assist on travel reimbursements for judges and guests
  • Support on the collation and display of judge profiles
  • Manage judges on-site during events
  • Coordinate all communications with judges and awards speakers 
  • Support international representatives during entry periods to ensure D&AD Awards messaging and operational processes are accurately communicated
  • Oversee Judge Insights sessions during the festival and operational processes are accurately communicated
  • Create an annual overarching judge communications plan
  • Ensure an excellent standard of year-round communications to judges
  • Support the training of additional team members (temp and perm)
  • Manage the year-round judges communication plan and implement
  • Manage the preparation and communication of the judge briefing pack, ensure judges have understood all relevant information pertaining to judging events
  • Continue to automate the invitation and rsvp process, ensuing all relevant judges content is collated, work with relevant teams where necessary


  • Support operations in the accurate cataloguing, storage, processing and warehousing of all awards entries when required, ensuring these are ready for judging and presented to a high standard
  • Oversee all operations relating to judging during the live judging and festival period
  • Manage sessional staff during the awards production entry project

People Management

  • Manage a team in support of their objectives and career whilst allowing them to flourish 

Preferred Skills

  • Project management experience
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Product development experience
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent process management
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Good database and systems skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good networking skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of and experience in the advertising and design industry

Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date of your application you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

In order to comply with the Prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, you will need to provide appropriate documentation that proves that you are eligible to work in the UK. 

D&AD is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. It is our commitment that no member of staff or job applicant will be treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, marital or parental status, race, colour, nationality, religion, belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

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