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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: Competitive
Company:The Independent
Open to all
Apply by:09/12/2021 - 17:00

Independent Best, Editor-in-chief

Want to work in a team that creates industry-leading shopping content? Have a passion for lifestyle and eCommerce journalism? Then apply for this position...

The Independent is an online news publisher that was established in 1986 as a politically independent national newspaper. In 2016, The Independent became a fully digital publisher, moving away from print in pursuit of sustainability, and to keep its values alive. Today they have teams across the globe, from Delhi, Moscow and the Middle East, through to London, New York and Los Angeles.

The Independent is looking for an experienced editor and strategist to shape the growth of the title’s Independent Best platform. The right candidate will be a highly organised and creative editor, with a deep understanding of how to achieve online traffic growth while ensuring the title’s commercial success. You will have a genuine passion for lifestyle and eCommerce journalism, and understand how to inspire a team to create industry-leading and engaging shopping content that readers love and trust.


  • Leading an established and growing team of journalists
  • Work hand in hand with commercial colleagues
  • Liaising with the audience lead to ensure growth
  • Being the public face of the brand
  • Advise on publishing strategy and help lead on implementing best practice
  • Keep up to date with latest developments and best practice in the industry by attending events and communicating learnings to wider team
  • Work closely with the data team and convey insights and recommendations to senior stakeholders
  • Spot opportunity and react in an agile manner
  • Work closely with key commercial colleagues

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Experience of successfully working in a similar role at a similar title
  • Strong familiarity with the Independent and their coverage
  • Proven track record for increasing followers, engagement and traffic
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills required to manage the daily/weekly/monthly publishing flow of an editorial team
  • Experience strategising and developing ideas for long tail content
  • Experience collaborating with editors to grow and increase audience, both on site and across platforms
  • Proficiency in analysing complex issues and developing actionable insights and plans
  • Skilled content creator
  • Ability to clearly communicate best practices
  • Expert knowledge of trends
  • An understanding of the commercial risks and opportunities associated with audience growth
  • Experience of working in a dynamic fast-paced media environment

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

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