Full-time role, home-based
Do you want to work for the most exciting media company in the business, covering the best country in the world? The dailyrecord is already the largest news website in Scotland and Glasgow and Edinburgh Live are the best-read titles in their cities - but we want to get even bigger. We are now launching Aberdeen Live and need journalists who are passionate about the city they live, work and play in.
As part of our ambitious growth plans, we are looking for an experienced Editor to lead the launch of Aberdeen Live. You will have previous experience of managing a team, covering live and breaking news as well as setting the news agenda for your city each day. You will be able to jump between news and features, understanding what your readers want from each section of the website. The role will require you to manage content daily and commission quality, compelling articles which match the Reach brand vision and that cover the issues that matter most to your readership.
We are looking for candidates with strong leadership skills, excellent storytelling techniques, superb knowledge of social media and a deep understanding of how to make content engaging.
Please note we will be reviewing applications for this role as applications are submitted. Due to this, the role may close without notice, so please don't delay in your application.
So, who are we?
The Daily Record is part of Reach Plc. You might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to Scotland and the UK's most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Daily Record and Sunday Mail to the Scottish Daily Express, Glasgow Live, Edinburgh Live and OK!. We also own a huge number of regional titles across the UK such as the Paisley Daily Express, Ayrshire Post, Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more). Our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human. Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.
Overall responsibility for the performance of the title, and management of everyone on the team
Responsible for overseeing live and breaking content
Lead the team to achieve digital audience growth and engagement targets
Commission, prioritise and drive the best content
Joint responsibility for core KPI of driving page views to reach site targets
Communication, including written, face-to-face and the ability to cascade consistent messages for maximum impact
Ensures content is legally and IPSO compliant
Foster a high-performance culture by setting clear expectations and having in-the-moment performance discussions.
Develop a culture of trust, where people are safe to speak up, clear on their role in the team's success and empowered to be their best at work.
Rewarding and recognising great performance, celebrating people's achievements and successes.
Ensure the continued development of team members, supporting them to reach their full potential.
The ideal candidate
A proficient and flexible manager who can drive the team to achieve KPIs (ESSENTIAL)
Ability to read, interpret and apply data insights to daily work (ESSENTIAL)
Confident with social and SEO techniques to build traffic to the site (ESSENTIAL)
A first-class writer who is adept across a wide range of topics and as capable of writing attention-grabbing headlines as an engaging copy (ESSENTIAL)
Significant experience in a digital newsroom, likely to be at a national level (ESSENTIAL)
Experience in leading a team of digital journalists (ESSENTIAL)
Communication, including written, face-to-face, presentation skills and the ability to cascade consistent messages for maximum impact.
Planning and organisation skills
Long-standing experience as a an Editor
Experience as a manager
Strong news sense
Proven Strong digital publishing skills
25 days holiday per annum
Inclusion Networks and Champions, giving all employees a voice