Content and Licensing Associate

Closing Date: 31/07/2024
  • Remote
  • Findmypast

Job Description

Find your magic with us

Connecting people to their family stories is special.  We’re proud to deliver these magic moments. Through technology, data and insights, we bring people closer to their past, to benefit their future. ​

We’re a fast-growing team of smart people, on a mission to help millions.  Solve meaningful, complex problems and be a part of something magical.  Enjoy the agility of a scale-up with the security of real financial backing, in a place where every story matters.

Why join our Content and Licensing team?

  1. We’re driven by the desire to create a fantastic customer experience
  2. We believe it is an honour to have a role in preserving and discovering people’s history.
  3. We love nothing more than taking big data and making it quick and easy for our consumers to use
  4. We’re naturally collaborative and our cross functional teams work closely with our colleagues to build / enhance our product
  5. We’re neatly set up for flexible working and giving people the freedom to thrive.
  6. We have small teams that give you the chance to try out different problems whilst making a real difference to the business
  7. We’re a supportive bunch and actively encourage mentorship, peer learning and discussion through our active engineering communities.

You won’t find any bureaucracy here, but you will find:

  • Generous holiday allowance with the chance to buy more
  • A pension contribution that stands out in the market (9.5% matched company contribution with a 6% contribution from the employee’s side).
  • All the health and wellbeing benefits you’d expect and some you wouldn’t (Careers Page)
  • The chance to work with smart and fun people on products that will bring joy to millions.

As a remote-first organisation, Findmypast employees choose how and where in the UK they work best, whether that’s from home or at one of our offices. Yet, we recognise the value in seeing each other in person from time to time.

About the Role:

This position is part of our Content and Licensing department, dedicated to discovering content that will connect our community to their past.  The teams are responsible for the identification and acquisition of new historical records and newspapers, the digitisation and transcription of historical material, and the publication of millions of records to Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive every year.  Findmypast works with partners in the UK and Ireland and around the world.  We are known for excellence in content and digtisation.  This role will be reporting to the Head of Acquisition.  You will play a crucial role in identifying and acquiring historical content.  You’ll also be responsible for fostering relationships with licensing partners.  Become part of a team that values preservation and connecting individuals to their past.

Here’s what the role involves:

  • Identifying and approaching potential licensors with archival holdings of interest to secure new content opportunities.
  • Researching archival collections to source new content opportunities that align with our strategic goals.
  • Developing pitches and coordinating negotiations to secure new partnerships, ensuring alignment with business objectives.
  • Aligning priorities and objectives with other licensing team experts ensuring cohesive content acquisition strategies. Participate in regular team meetings to discuss progress, share insights, and refine acquisition strategies, fostering a collaborative team environment.
  • Collaborating across departments such as brand and product, to acquire content that supports our strategic business priorities and to align marketing and promotional activities.
  • Attending licensor supplier days to nurture partnerships with archives and institutions across Britain and Ireland to strengthen our network and collaboration.
  • Providing support and troubleshooting issues with licensing partners ensure smooth communication regarding release dates, maintaining a seamless partnership experience.
  • Appraising archival collections for digitisation suitability and audience interest, ensuring high-value content acquisition.
  • Scoping and Sizing Projects: Scope and size archival digitisation projects alongside the Content Operations teams to ensure accurate project planning and execution.
  • Presenting Project Progress: Present progress on digitisation projects to stakeholders, keeping them informed and engaged throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Writing and publishing contextual content about historical records to enhance user engagement and understanding.
  • Creating and giving presentations featuring historical records for a range of audiences, showcasing the value and significance of our collections.
  • Industry analysis and reporting on industry trends to inform content acquisition strategy, ensuring our offerings remain relevant and competitive.
  • Mentoring and supporting others to deliver efficient, high-quality implementation at a project level and on your own tasks

About you:

Do you have…?

  • Knowledge of cataloguing, metadata, and information organisation.
  • Understanding of historical research methods and digitisation of primary sources.
  • Skill in writing and presenting content for diverse audiences.
  • A willingness to travel to archives or libraries across Britain.
  • A commitment to quality in service delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience with British and Irish history or genealogy.

Can you…?

  • Bring strong communication skills and a love of working in a team
  • Be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of a growing, global business.
  • Foster and maintain close relationships with partners and ensure smooth communication.
  • Skills in managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Developing and nurturing complex relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Work independently.

If you said yes to these, and this all sounds appealing, then get in touch. This could be the start of something special.

What to expect next:

Our interview process is fast and goes like this:

  • An initial call with a member of our People Team (30 mins)
  • First interview with a member of the Content & Licensing team (1 hour)
  • A task – Creating a presentation as if you were presenting to a potential archival partner interested in collaborating with Findmypast.
  • Final interview with two members of our senior team, including a presentation (1 hour)

We don’t want our approach to hold anyone back, so if we need to tweak this for you, please just ask. Plus we’d love to know your pronouns so please let us know when you apply.

We want Findmypast to be the best company for all our diverse employees and customers.  If you’d like a deeper understanding of our commitment to diversity, check out our careers page.

To apply for this role, please follow our online application process and submit a CV and cover letter.

We’re passionate about making FMP a great place to work and setting people up to succeed. Findmypast is a remote-first organisation with office hubs in London and Dundee. This role is permanent remote-first position, working 35 hours per week, with regular team days in our London Fleet Street office. We offer a generous package including 26 Days Holidays + Bank Holidays, health cash plan, corporate gym discounts, excellent pension, a competitive salary, and many more staff discounts and benefits.

We are an equal opportunity employer and want Findmypast to be the best company for all our diverse employees and customers. We encourage applications from everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability status or any other protected characteristics. If you’d like a deeper understanding of our commitment to diversity, check out our careers page. Should you require adjustments to be made to the recruitment process, please let us know and if you’d like to share your pronouns then please do!

If you have any issues with your application, please email

Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy early once we have received suitable applications. Therefore, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you are a recruitment agency, please be aware that we’re not looking for additional assistance with recruitment. Please do not send us CVs. We will not be responsible for fees related to unsolicited CVs.