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.


We are looking for an Editor in Chief to join our Global Brands team. Global Brands is a division within William Reed, our websites and events offer a 360-degree view of the food, nutrition, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors globally.

Together they deliver daily news and analysis, online and face to face events, podcasts and videos covering the issues and stories impacting decision makers in these fast-moving sectors. Our role is to bring together our communities and deliver them the most up to date insight to help inform and facilitate business decisions.

This role will be a highly visible market-facing role, and we would expect you to get absorbed within our related markets quickly. Forging relationships with all the key associations, networking with customers present and future acting as our editorial ambassador in EMEA.

The Editor in Chief be responsible for driving the editorial development of FoodNavigator.com, Food Verticals, and associated brand extensions by:

· Championing a clear and differentiated editorial road-map for the titles, driven by core primary readership

· Delivering high quality editorial content in multi-media and written formats

· Suggesting new FoodNavigator.com brand development opportunities to the Managing Director, implementing where required

· Maintaining and strengthening brand’s editorial authority and visibility in its market and engaging actively with primary audience

· Collaborating with sales, marketing, and event managers within a framework of editorial integrity

· Working closely with all existing and new European content brands within the Global Brands portfolio.

· Collaborating with other divisions across William Reed where there are areas of potential opportunity or synergy

· Contribute to projects of potential benefit to our brands based in Europe in collaboration with other departments

· Manage and mentor a team of journalists, sharing best practice and support their development within the team/the company


Key Responsibilities:


· Research and deliver compelling daily content

· Edit website copy

· Develop content and innovation ideas for FoodNavigator.com

· Actively use social media for lead sourcing, content sharing and contact building

· Monitor growth and user engagement of core readership and subscriber-base, using Adobe Analytics in regular consultation with Digital Marketing

· Coordinate and collaborate on future content strategies in close alignment with divisional management and other content teams


· Organise topics / briefs / speakers for potential brand extensions (special editions, online / F2F events, awards etc.)

· Moderate at online / F2F events relevant to our European brands

· Monitor competition to pick up on possible areas of threat or opportunity

· Keep an eye on industry segments and areas of potential opportunity for FoodNavigator, particularly areas with F2F potential


· Attend key food industry trade events and conferences in Europe and occasionally beyond

· Raise FoodNavigator profile and recognition levels (speaker opportunities, panels etc.)

· Actively engage and develop relationship with key industry figures

· Coordinate joint business visits with sales teams where appropriate to demonstrate brand unity and clearly define editorial standards


· Maintain regular dialogue with global editorial counterparts in Asia and the US to ensure our European focus complements and differentiates appropriately

Candidate Profile

  • Trained business / multimedia journalist with strong B2B related industry experience
  • Strong leadership qualities and proven managerial track record
  • Deep knowledge of the European food industry, digital media and content strategies
  • Portfolio of food industry contacts a plus
  • Strong business sense with excellent networking and interpersonal skills
  • Equally comfortable delivering written or multi-media content
  • Confident public speaker / moderator
  • Good diplomacy skills
  • Solid knowledge of social media channels
  • Highly collaborative
  • Imaginative and strong sense of initiative
  • Well organised and ability to prioritise effectively
  • Good internal and external negotiator
  • Commercially minded
  • Strong communicator

Other information

Why work for us:

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

We look forward to hearing from you.