Centaur Media is a main market listed company, primarily based in the UK with approximately 600 employees in offices in Central London. We are a multi-platform content and services business that provides businesses and individuals with knowledge, tools and opportunities to improve their performance. We show specific global communities how they can achieve excellence, measure and benchmark their performance and celebrate success. Centaur generates market intelligence and insight which enables them to plan and prepare for future trends.

Purpose

This role is responsible for the news desk of Money Marketing including managing all content (created digital first and delivered platform neutral), deadlines, word counts and people management of reporters.

Key Accountabilities:

Strategic

  • Contribute commercially and effectively to the content strategy of the brand
  • Attend industry events as a representative of Money Marketing and the wider Financial Services portfolio

Operational

  • Generate story ideas via an extensive network and encourage and motivate the team to do likewise
  • Generate the right content at the right time commercially for the right products
  • Choose the placement of stories in print and online and allocate word counts and deadlines to the reporters
  • Check stories for accuracy of content (e.g. facts, figures, people) and any potential legal or risk issues
  • Ensure articles are written in the house style
  • Source contributors and chase for timely content
  • Edit contributor articles
  • Establish and maintain good communication with the team and wider departments ensuring smooth workflow is achieved to deadline

People Management

  • Ensure journalists balance their time between the office and out with contacts
  • Encourage journalists to get exclusives and build and maintain strong relationships with contacts
  • Motivate team to submit to deadline to ensure publishing deadlines are met
  • Recruit and train new journalists and develop team as required
  • Organise the roster of early shifts for the reporters
  • Effectively manage and resolve complaints from contacts/PR firms

 

Behaviours and Knowledge:

  • Exemplary journalism skills both in producing valuable and insightful written content and editing own work and that of others
  • Inherent sense of what constitutes good news
  • Proven track record of working in a high volume business with tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively across all media platforms
  • Thorough technical and commercial knowledge of the financial market including having and maintaining a strong contacts book
  • In-depth knowledge of print publication production process as well as online data posting and management
  • Ability to balance independent commentary with commercial content
  • Collaborative and supportive working style with peers and direct reports
  • Exemplary day to day people management skills to drive delivery of key objectives and targets
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, that include ensuring information and data is passed up and down through all levels in area of influence
  • Ability to organise self to work efficiently and manage conflicting priorities and multiple deadlines

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