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Programme Editor

Programme Editor

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United Kingdom-London

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The Economist Events—the award-winning events and conferences division of The Economist Group—seeks a Programme Editor to develop our exciting event franchise across a global region. With overall responsibility for the format and content of a series of events, and drawing on the editorial resources of The Economist, we look to provide world-class speaker lists and audience-led events; this role is responsible for delivering on that promise.


The Programme Editor will constantly seek new ways of informing and entertaining, working with sponsors, editorial and marketing. The role suits someone with vision, editorial skills, and strong project management discipline. The role is key to the development of our events both as stand-alone occasions and as part of integrated programmes alongside Thought Leadership, Advertising, and other promotional activities. We are ambitious for our events business and seek someone to deliver on our vision.


In the role you would be expected to:

  • Lead programme development for assigned events, conferences and integrated projects

  • Work with the head of programmes (EMEA and Global) to contribute ideas and themes for the Events calendar

  • Work with Editorial to ensure that programme themes and topics are researched and developed to meet the high-quality standards of The Economist brand. Conduct market research and due diligence to be aware of competition or timing issues that may affect the event success

  • Establish and develop high-level contacts and relationships with governments and influential industry bodies and players in key markets in the region and around the world

  • Recruit senior-level speaker faculties from both government and private sector as appropriate for the events and manage speaker confirmation process

  • Contribute original content to Marketing campaigns, including foundation copy, social media posts, blog posts and PR contribution. Coordinate programme timing to coincide with Marketing deadlines

  • Work with Operations to manage speaker co-ordination and logistical arrangements

  • Support Sponsorship sales on scheduled events and new opportunities by joining calls and/or meetings to help communicate the programme and review content and speakers. Manage sponsor relationships on events and projects throughout the year

  • Liaise with Thought Leadership and Advertising teams to help build and run integrated projects

  • Work closely with all stakeholders to improve the contribution and margin of conference events

  • Act as mentor to Programme executive and assistant to provide ideas, guidance and support as needed

  • Spearhead Events team initiatives as appropriate

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A degree and extensive “high-level” programme development and conference management experience, ideally of working in cross-functional teams

  • Government relations or ability to work at senior level with industry leaders

  • Editorial experience or education

  • Experience of conferences (preferably in the Middle East)

  • Demonstrable track record of developing events and programmes to deadline and delivery to budget and quality standards

  • A good understanding of The Economist and Economist Events brand and its position in the marketplace

  • Fluent spoken and written English plus the ability to speak another major language is an advantage


You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Strong commercial acumen

  • Cool headed resourcefulness under pressure

  • Ability to be a team player