Deputy Editor

H&V News and RAC Magazine  senior reporter/deputy editor

We are seeking either a senior reporter/deputy editor to work across print, online and social media platforms for two of the UK’s biggest industry magazines covering developments in heating, cooling and the wider challenges of making buildings safer, sustainable and more efficient in the drive to decarbonise the country.

Between them, Heating & Ventilating News (H&V News) and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Magazine provide valuable insight and analysis into the heating and cooling industries and how their work ties into a planned revolution of building safety and UK sustainability targets.

These two industries have a vital part to play in the everyday life of everyone on the planet. This applies not only to ensuring affordable and clean heating for homes, sustainable cooling for offices, but also in refrigerating food in supermarkets and many other industrial areas.

The role will involve working closely with the editor of H&V News and RAC magazine on our monthly print titles and websites, playing an important role in covering and leading industry discussions through our podcasts and live events on issues tied to making homes and other buildings better.

This work will include developing and refining skills – supported via company training – in covering and contributing to industry and policy discussions, with an opportunity for hosting sponsored webinar sessions on topics increasingly at the heart of the national news agenda.

As brands, both H&V News and RAC are active across print, digital and live events. The monthly magazines, published side by side, are supported by regular online news and features coverage and regular information on events.  The successful candidate will play an active role in daily news coverage.

Another vital element of the brands’ activity is our Awards. We have three in the portfolio: The H&Vs, The Cooling Awards and The Energy Awards. All three set a high standard for credibility, incorporating a Dragons’ Den-style judging round. Each black tie event is an industry fixture, attracting significant audiences of 300-600.

It is an exciting time for an ambitious journalist to join us at emap and build their expertise and skills covering a sector that is directly looking at vital national news issues including the debate about how best to use low carbon technologies such as heat pumps and district heating and cooling. That is not to mention potential future developments around the best low carbon uses of hydrogen and the closer integration of renewable energy systems and heat recovery in our homes and buildings.

We would love to hear from senior reporters or current deputy editors working on specialist trade titles. You could also be an ambitious senior news reporter or news editor looking to take on a greater level of responsibility for two leading titles at the heart of responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change mitigation and building safety after the Grenfell Tower fire.

H&V News has been in print for over half a century, while RAC can trace its roots as far back as 1898, so both have built a formidable reputation for authority and leadership. This role provides a chance to build on that legacy.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with the editor to cover daily news online and help plan coverage, features and analysis for the monthly H&V News and RAC Magazine print titles
  • Assist with covering major industry events in the UK and around the world, while building contacts that specialise in providing heating, cooling, ventilation and air quality improvements
  • Developing skills and taking an active role in planning and hosting sessions for our webinar sessions looking at air quality, safety and the decarbonisation of buildings
  • Representing both magazines at events and industry debates and discussions about the future of the sector
  • Learning to take an active role in the wider editorial direction of issues and sometimes assuming responsibility for monthly leader columns on the latest changes and developments in the industry

Skills and experience:

  • First-class journalism skills – high level of experience producing quality content for a senior professional audience
  • Experience of editing work and reformatting information for the different needs of online and print audiences
  • Skills to work with multiple teams on covering and supporting live events and also working with the magazines’ sales director on possible ideas for commercial partnerships
  • Ideas and experience in thinking about better making use of social media to engage audiences on latest policy and industry developments
  • An ableness and passion to undertake training and develop skills to help devise new editorial approaches to build up both magazines’ reputation and coverage.

We have a wide range of internal editorial training courses available for all staff. Previous experience in presenting or taking part in panel discussions is desirable, but not essential


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
  • Rail season ticket loans
  • Continuous learning & Development opportunities for Editors
  • Quarterly Editorial Excellence Awards
  • Optional- one paid volunteer day per year
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Seasonal flu jabs on site
  • Pension scheme
  • Income Protection
  • and more ..

Place of work: This exciting position is a full-time hybrid role. 2 days in the office, 3 days from home. This could change over time depending on business needs.

Equipment: Due to hybrid working laptops are provided.

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and a covering letter with notice and salary expectations and examples of your work to

Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback at the application stage, however if you are successfully shortlisted you will be contacted within 10 working days of the closing date.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion.

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