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BBC Worklife, Editor

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Job Introduction

BBC Worklife is looking for a lead editor to run the site. We are looking for someone with at least seven years of full-time editing and reporting experience, an entrepreneurial view of online and social content, a thoughtful approach to commissioning and managing, and a clear vision of what a global, aspirational audience needs to know to help them successfully manage their working lives in an ever-changing world.

BBC Worklife is a features vertical on that looks at the intersection of personal and professional life. As part of BBC Global News, Worklife is interested in the big economic, social and technological trends changing our lives, and explores the most fascinating stories from all over the world that make these trends relevant and accessible for a global audience.

The Editor will be responsible for creating the content strategy, managing the production schedule, fulfilling editorial requirements for commercial deals, formulating the audience growth strategy and managing a small team, as well as external freelance contributors.

The ideal candidate will bring fresh ideas from related to navigating working life, including careers, work/life milestones, leadership, personal finance, economy, future of work, wellness, professional life abroad, and in particular they will have a strategy for how BBC Worklife should cover and own major trends and current global issues like Covid-19 and inequality. The ideal candidate will have a sharp eye for storytelling, a full and diverse contact book of contributors and thought leaders around the world, and the skills to make sure that content meets the highest journalistic standards.

International experience is a plus, as is familiarity with managing social and video content.

Role Responsibility

  • Responsible for the commissioning, editing, curation and production of high-quality, distinctive and innovative digital content
  • Managing day-to-day editorial responsibilities of the editorial team
  • Commissioning content, and managing all digital assets of the site
  • Working closely with managing editors in New York and London to define editorial strategy, direction and priorities
  • Working with the social media producer to define and activate a social media presence that drives traffic and audience loyalty
  • Managing production schedules, liaising authors and other writers on a day-to-day basis
  • Cultivating editorial relationships with content partners, within and outside the BBC
  • Managing rights of licensed content, and ensure published content meets rights and contractual agreements
  • Maintaining and updating the editorial calendar
  • Supporting the commercial imperatives of BBC Global News by developing and executing editorially-led commercial content, such as sponsored series
  • Managing a commissioning budget

Are you the right candidate?

  • A strong track record in writing, commissioning and delivering high-quality digital journalism
  • An in-depth knowledge of the area, including industry trends, competitors and social media.
  • Extensive experience of making compelling, innovative content, and communicating a clear editorial vision
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and ethos behind Worklife.
  • A keen understanding of how to reach and speak to global audiences, while maintaining BBC editorial standards and guidelines.
  • Proven track record of both brainstorming and execution: as well as creative, you’re extremely capable with seeing ideas through to completion
  • Ability to create an editorial vision throughout the lifecycle of content across all platforms.
  • Proven experience of the latest production processes and techniques and technologies.
  • A collaborative, can-do attitude that allows you to work closely and productively within a small team, but also forge relationships around the BBC and beyond.
  • An understanding of how to build a diverse stable of freelancers from around the world.
  • Experience in launching new platforms or websites or growing online audiences preferred, but not essential.
  • Knowledge of digital publishing best practices and trends.
  • Experience in creating high-quality editorial ideas and content for commercial deals.
  • Experience using analytical tools and data to evaluate story and website performance

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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