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Commercial Manager

Remuneration:negotiable Basic salary 
Benefits:Equity and benefits negotiable
Location:Cape Town, Or Johannesburg
Job level:Mid/Senior
Own transport required:Yes
Travel requirement:Occasional

Job description

Chronicle is an award-winning start-up digital production agency with journalistic storytelling at its core.

Its founding/managing director is looking for a commercial manager to help run this unique and (so far) successful media enterprise, now in its second year of operations, in partnership with the Daily Maverick.

Chronicle produces journalistic-minded branded or native content for private and public entities (predominantly academic and research institutions, social justice organisations and NGOs, foundations and some corporates). It also produces independent journalism in the form of investigations, long-form features, documentaries, animations, digital and physical exhibitions or galleries and rich media microsites. Its focus is on, but not exclusive to, the audio-visual. It seeks to raise the editorial storytelling bar in South Africa and Africa and set standards for quality and impact of audio-visual content in a content-saturated digital world.

The successful candidate will work closely with the founder to tell the Chronicle story and drive all commercial aspects of the business, focusing mainly on growth through new client acquisition, client relationship development and business strategy. The candidate will also liaise with the directors of Daily Maverick to ensure business interests are aligned and opportunities across both platforms are harnessed. 

Please send CVs, along with a 400 to 500-word cover letter to

Company Description

Chronicle builds purposeful brands through powerful storytelling.

We’re a South African-based editorial & commercial content production studio that is driven to convey the human experience through the craft of audio-visual and digital storytelling. By placing people at the core of every story, we seek to transform even the most complex, corporate or statistics-heavy project into a compelling and engaging experience, with excellence, poignancy and compassion.

As a partner company to the Daily Maverick, Chronicle is well positioned to offer both multimedia production services and integrated access to one of South Africa’s premium publishing platforms, as well as a host of partner websites through its affiliated independent advertising network, Acme Digital.

Chronicle is committed to addressing inequality in South Africa by making its productions available to the communities it reports in, encouraging and enabling more citizens to access – and adding value & vibrancy to – an informed national discourse.


  • Business development expertise - the ability to strategise projects, find and develop suitable client partnerships and follow through to sales
  • Advertising or media sales experience, ideally with an existing network in the local industry, or established and innovative ideas around new business development
  • Ability to devise and communicate ideas and sales pitches in written and verbal presentation format
  • A solid understanding of digital publishing, services and trends
  • Rapport with clients
  • The ability to strategize project and product ideas and present them compellingly
  • The ability to communicate and manage ideas from conception to delivery, working with a small but multi-skilled team
  • The ability to manage and work closely with creatives and journalists
  • Interest in contributing to the creative and production processes, either strategically or physically or both
  • Great ideas and enthusiasm for pushing boundaries and trying new things
  • A strong sense of self-motivation and initiative
  • Strong personal ethics and an impeccable understanding of journalistic ethics and requirements
  • A good sense of humour


  • Entrepreneurial skills and experience in running a business are a plus.
  • Production experience is a plus. The successful candidate will have opportunities and be encouraged to produce or co-produce content, should he or she want to

Posted on 27 Mar 14:47

Diana Neille

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