• Business: emap
  • BrandMaterials Recycling World (MRW)
  • Base Location: Fleet Street, London/Hybrid ( 3 days from home, 2 days in the office)
  • Employment Type: Full time, Permanent
  • Salary: £ DOE

Established in 1912, Materials Recycling World has been the leading provider of news, insight and market analysis for the UK waste management and recycling industry for more than a century.

It is a monthly printed magazine and website. It is the only subscription publication of its type to serve the UK waste and resources sector. The MRW National Recycling Awards is also the largest and most prestigious event for the industry.

The MRW editor has a recognised and respected role in the sector as the head of a well-trusted publication. As well as responsibility for production of the magazine and website, the editor has a wider responsibility in liaising with government, civil service, trade associations and businesses on issues affecting the sector.

Our readership includes directors and senior staff at waste management companies, local authority environment directors, finance directors, contract managers and recycling officers. We are also an essential point of refence for government officials.

Our sector is at the forefront of an ongoing national debate on resource efficiency, the green agenda and the circular economy. As such, MRW covers a very wide range of issues, including incoming legislation on extended producer responsibility, reform of recycling services, product design, business mergers and acquisitions, waste exports, environmental regulation and waste crime.

The editor will also need to understand the recycling markets for key materials including plastics, paper, glass, metals, food, textiles, waste electrical and electronic equipment.

MRW is a prime source for secondary materials pricing information for many traders in the sector. We are often cited as evidence as the sector signs contracts and as such we have a responsibility to report as accurately as possible.

This role is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious editor to lead MRW at a critical time for the resources sector. You will be in a position to lead the agenda and break big stories ahead of the mainstream media.

Applicants will need to demonstrate a high standard of quality journalism. They will also need to support the commercial, events and awards teams and be the public face of the brand.

There is scope for the new editor to put their own stamp on the publication, set up their own team and develop a strategy to secure its long-term future in a fast-changing market. As part of emap, the editor will join colleagues at a stable of highly regarded and sector-leading publications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the editorial team and network of freelancers to ensure they produce content of the highest quality
  • Ensure content meets the audience’s needs at all times online, in print and at events, as well as on social media
  • Represent the brand at the highest level with senior contacts in the industry, associations and government
  • Chair and host events, in person and online, as well as represent the title at events hosted by external bodies
  • Recommend how existing content and products can be improved or extended
  • Plan and keep to staffing and production budgets
  • Develop investment cases for growth where you identify opportunities
  • Work with the subscriptions team on strategy across all reader/user groups, current and potential
  • Be responsible for exceptional delivery of commercial content across all formats including webinars, roundtables, surveys, reports and supplements
  • Support, guide and develop the National Recycling Awards, ensuring content is aligned with the event strategy
  • Strong writing ability, with the ability to articulate the priorities of the industry, for instance through leader columns and briefings

Skills and experience:

  • First-class journalism – high level of experience producing quality content for a senior professional audience
  • Content planning and strategy
  • Use of digital analytics to understand audience behaviour and inform content strategy
  • People management – demonstrable ability to lead and develop a team
  • Budget setting and management
  • Event chairing and public speaking
  • Skilled at building and maintaining high-level contacts
  • Commercial understanding and a proven willingness to work with a range of commercial and event teams to deliver outstanding outcomes for our commercial partners
  • The ability to tackle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • A knowledge of the UK’s waste management and recycling sector would be a distinct advantage, as would knowledge of local government and environmental regulation.

Core competencies:

  • Deep knowledge of the content creation, editing and production process – print and online
  • Proven ability to manage others, delegate work and provide guidance in a constructive way
  • Understanding of the laws on libel and ability to manage and reduce risk
  • Organised, able to plan ahead and to prioritise competing tasks
  • Budget setting, management and optimisation

Personal Attributes:

  • Organised and able to plan, including managing the work of other people
  • A good communicator, able to think on your feet
  • Able to speedily assimilate information which is often highly technical, to make quick decisions and react to rapid developments
  • Confident, self-motivated, and determined to produce work of high quality
  • A team player who enjoys contributing to long-term shared goals
  • Competitive and keen to outdo rival publications
  • Motivated to share insights and help the development of staff

Learning & Development

 At emap, we believe that employee learning and development are the key drivers of our success. To ensure continuous growth and meet the ever-changing demands of the workplace, we provide an environment that fosters continuous development for our employees.

Our employees are encouraged to identify their areas of personal and professional development aligned with our strategic areas, including management development, health, safety & wellbeing, sales, events management, marketing strategy, editorial, and information technology. We have a structured framework designed to help equip our employees with the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to excel in their job roles, contributing to achieving our organizational objectives.

To support our employees’ career development, we have designed specialised programs, as well as other stand-alone role-specific and generic courses, under the emap academy.

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.

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 assurance
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Retail discount vouchers
  • Rail season ticket loans
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Pension scheme
  • Income protection and more
  • Continuous learning & development opportunities
  • Seasonal flu jabs on site
  • One paid volunteer day per year
  • Summer and Winter parties
  • Work from home during August
  • In-house Excellence Awards and other innovation projects

How to apply: Please email your CV, a covering letter setting out why you are suited to this role and three examples of your work to sarwar.hussain@emap.com. Please also provide salary expectations.

Privacy:  Metropolis Group respects the privacy of every person for whom we have personal data. We comply with data protection legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation which regulates the processing of data and ensures that your data is processed fairly and lawfully, is kept secure and only that data necessary for any processing is kept. You can see our privacy policy at www.metropolis.co.uk/privacy.

Diversity and Inclusion:  We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion.  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

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