Farnborough International is looking for a new aerospace editor to join its award-winning digital news channel (FINN: Farnborough International News Network).

The successful candidate will have an established little black book of key industry leaders for authoritative comment and insight, be an inspired, dynamic, proactive, proven industry influencer and hands-on editor.

This individual will strengthen and develop a world-class thought leadership programme and influential editorial strategy.

The hire will play a vital role in distilling the essence of the iconic Farnborough brand for a digital international audience that looks to Farnborough for objective and authoritative guidance on the issues impacting the aerospace industry.

This will be a highly visible and important hire as the editor will be a key component in a comprehensive investment and strategic alignment programme ensuring that FINN output is worldclass.

Role specifics

  • Devise the editorial strategy, define and reinforce tone of voice ensuring content meets the needs of the audience and enhances the FINN and Farnborough brands.
  • Writing, editing, and subbing immersive copy across multiple channels (predominantly FINN), with a little black book of key industry leaders for authoritative comment and insight.
  • Upload content to the FINN website while upholding high online publishing standards.
  • Commission compelling thought leadership content and a roster of regular influential contributors.
  • Possess good situational awareness of the data, metrics, and audience engagement in the pursuit of scaling the international online readership. Data driven decision-making allied to create nous.
  • Work with web developers, graphic designers and other agency resources to continuously improve FINN and its reach.
  • Enable and advise the media sales team so that they are best able to maximise the value of FINN (third party advertising and sponsorship opportunities).
  • Contribute to weekly newsletters which drive subscription rates (retention/acquisition).
  • Chair a regular editorial board managing/populating the editorial calendar and meeting the content needs of internal product owners.
  • Nurture a network of business, government, military, and academic contacts/contributors that coalesce to create a distinct FINN content profile.
  • Act as a brand ambassador developing relations externally with key industry leaders – this will necessitate some international travel.
  • Attend external events representing the title in other aerospace forums/outlets.
  • Budget management and oversight.

Skills and experience

  • Degree educated.
  • B2B journalist familiar with the aerospace and defense industries.
  • Minimum one year’s experience at editor level or two years at assistant or news editor level, however we will consider those candidates without this background should they demonstrate exceptional potential.
  • Excellent journalistic writing, interviewing and proof-reading skills.
  • Ability to build a network – we are looking for someone with gravitas and can mix at a senior level.
  • Technical competence across CMS systems, an understanding of SEO practices as well as digital and social marketing.
  • A team player with a flexible approach to working collaboratively with the aerospace events team, the Farnborough marketing team, and ADS Group (parent organisation).
  • Creative thinker with the confidence to challenge the status quo.
  • Analytical approach to researching competitors and defining market trends.
  • Ability to multi-skill and work at multiple events in the aerospace calendar.
  • Experience in people management desirable.

Company description

At Farnborough International we are known for running one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious airshows. Whilst we will continue to build on every airshow, we’re also on a journey to become more than this.

Our aim is to transform what we are known for – to make Farnborough International a globally recognised brand, a global platform connecting people through heritage, innovation, insight and exceptional experiences and hosting owned and client business events in our state of the art 20,000 sqm exhibition and conference centre.

People and values 

Farnborough has a rich history of pioneering aviation triumphs and we at Farnborough International have stood shoulder to shoulder with industry pioneers for decades. It is this pioneering spirit that continues to run through our business today and will enable us to grow in the future.

People are at the heart of what we do at Farnborough, and we are looking for individuals who can embrace and deliver the 3 core values at the centre of our business:

Positivity: We’re always looking for a better way. We have a confident can-do attitude in the work we deliver every day.

Precision: We take care and pride in every detail of safety and organisation, so that our clients shine.

Partnership: We work as one team to get the best results and work openly and collaboratively with our clients.

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