Who we are

We are William Reed.

We are the leading expert in the global Food & Drink industry.

From manufacturing through to retail and hospitality – we provide the inspiration, insight and connections to power our customers’ success.

Our specialists are deeply engaged in their markets and are recognised as the most trusted professionals in their field.

For 160 years, our diverse portfolio of trusted brands has delivered the information our clients need, reaching audiences through outstanding digital media, insights, prestigious awards, innovative exhibitions, events and print.

Fulfilling our role in the 21st century has meant harnessing digital channels to deliver insightful journalism and high-value data to businesses the world over. Guided by our Mission & Values, our Group’s activities now include category defining digital and print media, innovative business events and conferences, prestigious awards and informative conferences. We offer compelling research and powerful insights to our customers as well as providing recruitment and e-learning solutions within our core markets.

Position

The Grocer is the UK’s biggest and most interesting B2B brand, with a multi-award-winning team of journalists and editors covering everything from the cost of living crisis, to health and obesity strategy; from food and drink trends devised by startups and giant corporates, to sustainability, food waste and much more.

And we’ve invested heavily in thegrocer.co.uk in the past few years to grow traffic, increase subscriptions and improve the user experience, posting hundreds of articles online every week and publishing several newsletters every day.

As such the web team is the engine room of The Grocer’s multi-media operations, linking in with a weekly magazine, multiple newsletters, as well as webinars, awards, conference and other activities. And we’re particularly proud of the fact that The Grocer’s award-winning website is now more highly rated than the (still) hugely successful 160-year-old magazine itself.

For this role we’re on the lookout for an outstanding digital and social media editor to drive our continued digital expansion and development, someone who can drive the engine efficiently and effectively (and ideally faster and better), optimising content (with the help of an assistant), helping us to find new users and engage existing users on our digital channels, working with and supporting journalists across the newsroom, while also contributing story ideas of your own, including listicles, videos, podcasts and other digital-only content.

Requirements

As such the ideal candidate will…

  • Have strong technical skills in digital production, including the ability to control and manage content management systems, combined with a thorough understanding of SEO.
  • Have a strong grasp of social media trends and techniques and an understanding of its role in supporting a subscriptions-based publication.
  • Be a leader and a team player, who can engage with a large news desk, as well as our subs, art & photo desks, and our events, commercial content, digital marketing and web support staff.
  • Be an experienced multi-media journalist and editor, with fast and strong writing, editing and A/V skills.
  • Be organised, intelligent, ambitious, and with a strong work ethic.
  • Have a strong interest in food and drink retailing and supply.

The Grocer is the UK’s biggest, most influential and most interesting business media publication, the bible of the £200bn grocery retail market, and the flagship title of the highly successful William Reed group, a fast-growing, family-owned publishing, events and market research business, whose interests include operations in the UK, France, the US and the Far East.

Other information

We provide a supportive work environment and are committed to maintaining a healthy work/life balance for all of our employees. Working for William Reed means that you will be joining a stable organisation that is committed to developing its employees and brands.

We have offices in Gatwick and London, UK; Montpellier, France; Singapore and Chicago, US. In line with the Company’s current Agile Working Policy, the successful candidate would be eligible to work part of the week from our Crawley office and to work remotely for the rest of the week.

We warmly welcome and encourage applications from talented individuals of all backgrounds and characteristics. If you need any support in accessing this opportunity, please do not hesitate to discuss this with us.

Company benefits include

  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
  • Contributory Pension
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Group Income Protection
  • Opportunity to participate in the Company’s Agile Working Policy

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