Role purpose and overview

A member of the features desk who plays an active role in creating clever zeitgeisty features which will spring from the news and lifestyle agenda and will appeal to the Telegraph audience.

To thrive in this role, you will be someone bursting with ideas and will assume responsibility for generating innovative features. You will have an extensive contacts book and proven record of working in a busy news environment commissioning the best talent with the ability to publish their pieces optimally across all platforms.

This candidate will have a confident manner and will be able to pitch in a features conference to the head of live features, features director and editor when required. They will have a fantastic contact book and know exactly who to commission for the right piece; and also have the character to thrive in a fast paced news environment.

Key responsibilities

  • An ability to come up with and commission brilliant stories with clever feature spins across multiple platforms for the Telegraph Media Group
  • Responsible for commissioning copy generated in house and from freelancers
  • Have good relationships with writers across a broad spectrum of subjects from hard news essays to fun zeitgeisty packages
  • Generate original, fresh and exclusive digital first feature ideas which will reach our publishing subscription targets
  • Liaise with the teams across the Telegraph to ensure that all features opportunities are covered and are published on-line and in print optimally
  • Be on top of the news agenda and generate innovative, original and entertaining angles for the stories of the day
  • Have and develop strong relationships with book publishers; broadcast PRs and agents to secure a series of exclusives for the Telegraph
  • Introduce new writing talent and good relationships with existing writers and authors
  • Attend conferences with the live features editor and other senior editors to discuss ideas as required

Key skills

  • Ideas: the candidate must have an endless stream of brilliant creative ideas which can be spun from the news agenda and will really speak to a Telegraph audience
  • Communication: confidence when pitching to editors or ideas to writers in a way which will engage at the highest level
  • Contacts: it will be essential to know how to cast stories brilliantly and have a contacts book bursting with brilliant writing talent who can be called on to come up with intelligent reads for a Telegraph audience
  • Ability to work at speed: it is essential the candidate has extensive experience of working in a fast paced news environment
  • Be a team player: role model positive behaviour within the features team and across the newsroom
  • Digital expertise: It is essential to think digital first and have an understanding of the Telegraph's subscription model

Our benefits

The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and equal parental pay (six months fully paid for mothers and fathers), to life assurance, and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Training and development

With support from your manager and colleagues, you will also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

We want you to feel you belong here and welcome candidates from all backgrounds.

We have a number of internal networks that are totally inclusive and open for anyone to join. These include internal inclusion networks covering employees from ethnic minority backgrounds, working families, LGBTQ+, disabilities and long-term conditions, gender, wellbeing, and women in tech.

Your wellbeing is paramount, so we have trained more than 100 Mental Health First Aiders in the past two years to help support our employees. We have also signed the Tech Talent Charter, and are committed to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech.

The Telegraph's goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.

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