Independent News & Media are seeking to recruit an outstanding leader and journalist to be editor-in-chief of the Belfast Telegraph, the Sunday Life and

Reporting directly to the publisher of INM, the editor-in-chief will also work collaboratively with INM’s MD of publishing and digital director in Northern Ireland. The editor-in-chief will help to maintain the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life’s reputation for superb, agenda-setting journalism and opinion. He/she will help to transform the newsroom from its current primary focus on print to a dual focus on digital and print.

The role holder will be a champion for innovation and creativity and work with a team of talented journalists to consolidate and improve the content offering. He/she will also work collaboratively with commercial departments to ensure key objectives are achieved.

The successful candidate will have a broad network of contacts and be able to combine editorial skills with business insights. They will be a strong people manager.

Role responsibilities:

  • Leading and inspiring a talented team of editors and journalists to produce outstanding journalism across INM’s titles in Northern Ireland.
  • Working as part of the INM management team to ensure the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life achieve commercial targets.
  • Ensuring a primary focus on quality journalism and digital subscriptions.
  • Mentoring and coaching staff members on their performance.
  • Hiring new talent & developing existing talent.
  • Managing budgets and working with the deputy publisher and INM Legal Manager to reduce litigation risks and adhere to best journalistic practice.


 Experience and qualifications (minimum experience & essential knowledge):

Proven track record as an inspirational media professional and leader. At least five years’ experience as a senior editorial executive with a national newspaper or media outlet and experience in digital publishing.


Technical & non technical

  • News and story judgment; understands what content will engage and retain our present consumers, as well as attract new audiences.
  • Understanding of the current and future needs of our consumers – awareness of how INM’s products are consumed.
  • Organisation – ability to manage and organise across multiple titles and platforms.
  • Strong team player who can work with other departments across the organisation.
  • Accuracy, fairness, balance, commitment to ethics.


  • Creative flair.
  • Ability to conceptualise.
  • Planning and organising.
  • Effective collaboration.
  • Customer and market focus.
  • Commercially minded.
  • Readily embraces and adapts to change.
  • Decisiveness.

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