Head of Newsletters (Editor)

Job Introduction

This role represents a unique opportunity to make a significant impact through establishing and growing loyalty and engagement across international audiences..

The overall responsibility will be to develop a portfolio of newsletters across digital platforms for our international digital audiences. To lead and shape our newsletter strategy, developing a range of new weekly and daily newsletters catering to our audiences’ many interests across all genres. You will have global responsibilities, with initial focus on the North American region. As such this role may be based in the UK (London) or the US (New York).

As this is a brand new role you will have the opportunity to shape the role and directly impact future success and growth along with the responsibility to build your own team out. It would best suit someone who has several years of editorial experience at a senior level who has successfully developed a suite of newsletter products. Editors possessing a strong commercial outlook with interest across a wide range of genres and an understanding of the power of newsletters to build relationships and loyalty will also be considered.

Role Responsibility

  • Reporting to the Head of Editorial for Digital News & Streaming within BBC Studios, the Head of Newsletters will lead the editorial strategy to develop and operate a portfolio of newsletters designed to grow registrations and increase audience engagement and loyalty.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the newsletter editorial operations.  Commissioning, editing and coordinating copy via a matrixed team across News, Sport and Studios.
  • Set and deliver a clear editorial concept and purpose for all newsletters, with measurable results and communicate the concepts to the wider business.
  • Use data to understand reader behaviour and run regular experiments to explore new opportunities, develop best practices and increase engagement.
  • Establish good relations with editors and correspondents across the BBC’s News, Sport, Features and Podcast/Documentaries teams with a view to surfacing the best ideas.
  • Work closely with Head of Curation, News, and Head of Curation, Sport and the Head of Editorial, Studios to identify opportunities for event related newsletters such as US elections, FIFA World Cup and editorial seasons.
  • Working with audience, marketing, design and product teams to optimize sign ups and engagement.
  • Responsible for the Newsletter editorial budget, appraisal, training and support of staff.
  • Coaches others to build on strengths and improve on weakness, gives and listens to regular feedback, helps develop the BBC’s new leaders, recruits and develops talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Substantial experience of journalism and production, as well as proven editorial judgement and substantial experience of managing editorial and operational staff and facilities in a daily news environment.
  • Senior experience of commissioning and running a newsletter operation that straddles hard news, to sport and lifestyle subjects
  • Demonstrates balanced and impartial judgement. Makes the right editorial decisions with guidance.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of digital publishing and computer management systems and stays current with developments in this field.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
  • Able to prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing, budgets and resource requirements.
  • Ability to communicate to differing audiences and across all forms of multimedia output.

Package Description

Contract type:

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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