• Editor, World Ocean Initiative

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
  • Introduction

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    The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


    We are recruiting an editor for the World Ocean Initiative. The successful candidate will be responsible for engaging, and cultivating the audience for our work on the ocean among national and international policy-makers, the private sector and civil society. We have a strong ocean community around us already from our flagship World Ocean Summit, and we are determined to expand this significantly over the coming years.


    This unique editorial role would best be filled by an ambitious and dynamic journalist with digital expertise and an in-depth knowledge (or a strong interest) in: the ocean; the intersection of science, policy and the economy; and sustainability. The role reports to the head, World Ocean Initiative, and is based in London.


    The World Ocean Initiative (see woi.economist.com for details) builds on the success of the Economist Event’s flagship World Ocean Summit to catalyse progress on aspects of the sustainable ocean economy through carefully designed and sequenced workstreams. The Initiative is a commercially ambitious undertaking which aims to create a multi-year programme, and year-round activity, by leveraging the full capabilities of The Economist Group—from films to events, research, thought-leadership, advertising and marketing.


    How you will contribute:


    • Commission and edit articles or other content within the focus areas defined by the head of the World Ocean Initiative with an objective of building and engaging the target audience online. This would include soliciting and editing submissions or guest blogs from notable authors, journalists and analysts within and outside The Economist Group;
    • Conceptualise, create proposals and help project manage research and content programmes, including sponsored ones, in the thematic areas of interest for the World Ocean Initiative or the activities of the World Ocean Summit;
    • Work closely with the head, World Ocean Initiative, to build the content programme for the World Ocean Summit and for relevant events;
    • Own, manage and develop the editorial content for the digital channels of the World Ocean Initiative. These channels include the Initiative hub or website, social channels and email newsletters;
    • Ensure all content on WOI hub and social channels remains within the strategic aims of the WOI, reflects the activities of the World Ocean Summit, and is to the high editorial standards expected of The Economist brand;
    • Liaise and collaborate with Economist Events and Events’ marketing on the World Ocean Summit where needed;
    • Understand and leverage the full suite of Economist Group solutions (among them thought-leadership, events, EIU research, data visualisation, podcasts, films and other media) to bring them together in a compelling way for our audience;
    • Attend client meetings and pitches as needed;
    • Support the head, World Ocean Initiative in promoting awareness of the World Ocean Initiative and World Ocean Summit with the widest cross-section of government, business and civil society audiences.


    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for this role are:
    • Educated to degree level, social sciences preferred
    • Strong research, excellent writing, editing, presentation and author-management skills
    • Project management skills
    • In-depth knowledge or strong interest in at least one of the following areas: ocean, economics, public/private partnerships, sustainability, financial services
    • Interest in digital marketing and online audience development
    • Exceptionally strong editing and writing skills, particularly for high-level audiences and online
    • An ability to bring fresh ideas and a disciplined approach to building this audience
    • A track record of working autonomously and behaving both as an effective leader and positive team player within a highly matrixed and geographically diverse organisation
    • Proven track record of building strong working relationships with senior stakeholders and leaders across business, editorial, subject-matter-expert, government and non-profit sectors
    • Strong understanding (or willingness to build expertise) in ocean economy topics including those of the three projects: coastal infrastructure financing, blue economy and plastics
    • Strong understanding (or willingness to learn) about audience building and community engagement online and for events




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