The editorial team of The Canmaker is looking to expand, with the appointment of an assistant editor.

The Canmaker is the leading global publication for the metal packaging industry, covering the manufacture and use of drinks cans, food cans, aerosol cans, metal bottles and beyond. With metal packaging currently enjoying a worldwide surge in demand due to its sustainability credentials, now is a great time to join the sector.

The magazine has been in publication for more than 30 years and is read by executives and engineers across the globe. The Canmaker portfolio includes a website, updated daily with multiple news items, digital edition of the magazine, annual awards events, conferences and exhibitions.

Overview of the role

The role of assistant editor will focus primarily on researching and writing news items, with the opportunity to expand into writing longer features. The ability to quickly learn what is newsworthy and what is relevant to The Canmaker readers is essential, as is experience in writing news articles, and a willingness to learn 'house style' for the magazine, including a range of technical terms.

As the role develops, the successful candidate will also be required to travel internationally, to attend and report on conferences and exhibitions, and to visit canmaking plants.

Further responsibilities will include proofing and sub-editing articles and pages; maintaining in-house databases and archives; and establishing and maintaining a network of contacts and sources of news leads.

Experience of using social media websites such as Twitter and LinkedIn is also required.

Applicants should have at least two years' experience in journalism. Knowledge of the packaging or engineering sectors is desirable, but not essential.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Post content on The Canmaker website a daily basis
  • Proof-read articles for both the website and print magazine
  • Share and promote articles on our social media channels
  • Undertake interviews by phone, online, and in person
  • Write feature articles
  • Attend conferences, exhibitions and plant visits
  • Build and maintain a network of contacts


  • Competitive salary plus bonus
  • Hybrid/flexible working
  • 25 days of annual leave
  • Pension and healthcare


SPG Publishing is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all, regardless of race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age as we seek to recruit the very best. If you require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to fully participate in the recruitment process, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

No agencies please. Candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Apply to:

Sayers Publishing Group
The Canmaker

Need to learn a new skill to be eligible to apply for jobs like this? Check out our training courses

Please quote when applying for this position

Subscribe to our email job alerts to get more jobs like this and/or follow @journalism_jobs on Twitter.