Overall Purpose of the Role:

  • Produce written content for the Product News sections of both the website and its sister magazine.
  • Curate the Product News section of Independent Retail News
  • Manage feature briefs for the Product Focus section and write some of the features
  • Write occasional magazine features such as Retailer Profiles.
  • Look after other sections of the magazine as required, including Giveaways, Reader Offers, Contents Page, And Finally.
  • Manage Giveaways and Reader Offers online.
  • Use social media to increase the reach of the web content and raise the profile of our brands among our core readership and key influencers within the wider trade.
  • Attend industry functions and launches as an ambassador for the brands and to develop and nurture relationships with suppliers, advertisers and PR agencies.
  • Look after the Product Launch of the Year section of the Retail Industry Awards and help with other elements of the awards such as judging days and writing up winners’ citations
  • Support the Digital Editor as required with tasks such as news writing, uploading magazine content, managing podcasts and video content
  • Support the Editor and Digital Editor in efforts to create a more engaged user base

 

Responsibilities:

  • Sourcing and writing product news stories for TalkingRetail.com and maintaining a daily rolling news service.
  • Uploading stories to the website on a regular and timely basis
  • Sourcing and sizing images and adding them to stories
  • Using Twitter and other social media to broadcast these stories to a wider audience, drive awareness, increase traffic and raise the profile of our brands.
  • Curating those stories on a monthly basis to produce the Product News section in Independent Retail News.
  • Proof-reading and editing the Product News section of the magazine.
  • Sourcing and writing general industry news for www.talkingretail.com and Independent Retail News.
  • Producing copy that is easy-to-read, interesting, varied, informative, engaging and accurate that will prove valuable to readers of the magazine and website.
  • Helping shape the digital strategy, contributing ideas and implementing changes where necessary
  • Writing category features for Independent Retail News.
  • Managing the flow of copy to the Editor and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Ensuring copy complies with house-style and has good grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Sourcing and organising photographs to illustrate product features and news stories as required.
  • Interviewing people at all levels within the industry, from chief executives to brand managers, small independent retailers and their staff.
  • Liaising with the sales team to keep them informed about companies that are mentioned in product news and features copy for sales leads purposes.
  • Representing Independent Retail News at press launches, industry shows, conferences, seminars and other events.
  • Contributing to supplements as and when necessary.
  • Helping with the Retail Industry Awards in a variety of capacities, such as attending judging sessions, note-taking, report writing, copy and script editing, proof-reading AV and marketing materials.
  • Other tasks as and when required by the Editor, such as writing retailer profiles, contributing to website, attending shows and conferences, producing video content and photography
  • To adhere to company policies including the Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy.

 

Personal Specifications and Competencies:

  • Excellent writing skills to produce engaging, informative and accurate copy tailored for the target audience of business professionals
  • Highly developed social media skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – both internally and externally
  • Ability to develop and nurture contacts
  • Keen editing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to consistently translate marketing jargon and sales speak into plain, factual English that can be easily understood by readers
  • Ability to write clear, interesting copy and adhere to magazine style guide
  • Headline writing skills
  • Writing for the web and SEO skills
  • Excellent time management and organisation
  • Good commercial awareness and ability to liaise with advertising team
  • Ability to interview people at all levels and elicit interesting and accurate material from such interviews, telephone or face-to-face
  • Creativity and ability to come up with new ideas and treatments
  • Hard working and professional, with high standards
  • Cost-conscious
  • Confident and self-motivated
  • Flexible, adaptable and pro-active. Able to work on own initiative.
  • Confidence around digital technology, particularly social media, websites and content management systems (particularly WordPress), as well as Microsoft Office products.
  • Self-reliance and ability to take on and manage projects, while at the same time knowing when to ask for guidance, assistant and advice
  • Great communicator
  • Inquisitive and persistent
  • Well organised

 

Benefits: emap is part of Metropolis Group, together we are committed to providing a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees.

  • 25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell)
  • Health plan
  • Life insurance cover
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Retail discount vouchers
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Income Protection and more
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