An exciting opportunity has arisen for an editor with exceptional people management, team-building and ambassadorial skills to lead, develop and grow the Europe desk at Chemical Watch - the leading global information service for the fast growing chemicals regulation sector.

Managing editor, Europe is a new position created in response to the growing chemicals policy agenda in Europe, and a consequential increase in the size of the Europe desk team. Reporting to the company’s London-based global managing editor, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in managing successful editorial teams as well as top-level writing and editing skills.

The managing editor, Europe will act as a Chemical Watch editorial ambassador in Europe, building and cementing relationships with key figures in the EU chemicals regulatory world, while developing a strategic view of the desk’s overall coverage and driving future development.

A key role will be to manage and develop the three-strong Europe desk team, nurture a stable of freelancers, plan for future growth, and work with the global managing editor to further develop the company’s global editorial strategy.

The managing editor, Europe will also be an important contributor to the Europe desk’s output, and will need to develop a good working knowledge of how chemicals are regulated, especially under EU REACH and GB REACH, and collaborate with the wider editorial and analyst teams to ensure coverage is insightful and valuable.

The successful candidate will moderate relevant Chemical Watch Europe conferences and webinars and contribute to the Chemical Watch news podcast. They will also provide editorial support to the content marketing team on all things Europe.

You will need:

  • Excellent line management skills, with the experience to successfully recruit, develop and mentor reporters and other journalists
  • Experience of public speaking and moderating conference sessions, webinars and other events
  • High levels of professionalism and personal drive, with the ability to work remotely
  • Strong organisational skills, the ability to prioritise well, and close communication with the rest of the editorial team
  • Flexibility to travel within Europe and worldwide on an occasional basis
  • Great interpersonal skills and the drive to network and make C-suite level contacts
  • Ability to develop a good working knowledge of how chemicals are regulated and the compliance challenges facing companies
  • A strong track record of writing clear, accurate and insightful articles that address the information needs of business

Duties and responsibilities

  • Manage and develop the Europe desk team, and develop a stable of potential freelancers
  • Contribute to the desk's output each week by writing and editing as needed
  • Acting as the lead editorial brand ambassador for Chemical Watch in Europe by speaking at, or chairing, events including third party conferences
  • Working with the global managing editor and Europe desk editor, plan for the development of high-value editorial content for businesses in the EU and UK markets
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of Chemical Watch’s products and services, and the needs of its customers
  • Provide editorial support to the events team in the development of conferences and webinars, and to the content marketing department on all things Europe

The company

The Chemical Watch brand provides businesses worldwide with the information and perspectives they need to safely manage chemicals in products. We provide a 360-degree view of this agenda, impartially reporting on the actions and opinions of all stakeholders in our community.

Owned by environmental, health and safety information services company Enhesa, Chemical Watch continues to enjoy strong global year-on-year growth. It has more than 70 staff, based in the UK, US and throughout Europe, including a team of 15 journalists.

We are looking for an individual with drive, enthusiasm and passion. In return, you will find Chemical Watch a stimulating place to work and progress your career.

Please upload your CV and an application letter stating why you would like to be considered for this job.

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