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Editorial Director - Technology

Want to be part of the most dynamic media company in the UK?  Are you looking to join a team where you can express yourself in an environment where change and growth are celebrated?  If your answer is yes - then look no further.

At Dennis, we’re dedicated to creating brands that people want to work on and a culture that people want to work in and we want you to be part of the next success everyone’s talking about.

We are seeking an Editorial Director/ Group Editor for the critically acclaimed Alphr.com and the expert buying advice brand Expert Reviews.

What will you be doing?

The big picture

  • You are the lynchpin of the site ensuring we meet our traffic targets, that the audience we deliver is right for our commercial team, and that the quality of the output meets the standards our target audience demands.
  • You set the editorial direction of the sites, based on each site’s commercial model. Working in collaboration with the audience development, you then implement the right content strategy.
  • You are responsible for working closely with the commercial team to identify opportunities, and supporting them with content-led pitches and proposals.
  • You are responsible, in conjunction with the head of digital, technology division, and the partnerships manager, for developing affiliate and other ecommerce revenue on the site.
  • You will always be looking for new trends in digital publishing and seeking ways to take advantage.

Editorial

  • Commission internal and freelance staff to maximise traffic while keeping target audiences in mind.
  • Ensure key stories are updated on regular basis, with guidance from Audience Development.
  • Set tone and standard for website through your own writing.
  • Contribute news, features and reviews in your specialist areas.
  • Edit news, features, and reviews as required.

Delivering traffic and audience

  • Liaise with Audience Development team to ensure content is targeted at specific, high-volume search keywords and that existing, high-performing stories are regularly updated
  • Seek out and commission or create articles designed to increase ecommerce revenue
  • Build audience on social media channels
  • Deliver audience targets monthly, agreed with the head of digital, technology division.
  • Liaise with other Dennis editors to cross-link and boost traffic where appropriate

Management

  • Manage the team, ensuring they maintain high standards of conduct, timeliness, creativity and work
  • Develop the whole team’s skills, and conduct annual performance reviews as well as more regular catch-ups to ensure development plans are on track
  • Develop individual KPIs for each member of the team, in agreement with the head of digital, technology division.
  • Ensure that all team members are implementing the guidelines around affiliate placements as provided by Head of Partnerships, incorporating this into their objectives as appropriate.

Commercial

  • Work closely with ads team to ensure we deliver right audience around right content.
  • Conceive and deliver commercial packages, both proactively and in response to briefs.
  • Work closely with the partnerships manager to identify opportunities to develop affiliate revenue
  • Working with audience development, actively develop new types of content/content areas to drive affiliate revenue across the site(s) eg. deals hub whilst protecting the integrity of the editorial output.
  • Explore other means of driving uptake of deals and ‘shoppable content’ eg. featuring in newsletters, linking from related content.

Industry profile & events

  • Be the face of Alphr.com on all media, as well as at industry events
  • Host events, both editorial and commercial, as required

Why Us?

  • We’re award winning. You will be working across award-winning brands and in award-winning teams and joining a culture where innovation and success are encouraged.
  • Our commitment. We’re very proud to work for the benefit of The Heart of England Forest; an exciting and ambitious charity aiming to plant and preserve the largest native broadleaf forest in England. Founded by our late chairman, Felix Dennis, every employee gets the chance to plant a tree in their name so you can feel part of our vision.
  • We’re always thinking of you. You’ll have access to plenty of great benefits such as 28 days holiday, a contributory pension scheme and discounted gym membership. There are also yoga and boot camp classes to get involved in if the gym membership is not enough.
  • We recognise hard work. Have you always dreamed of taking time out of work to travel the world? You’ll be given the opportunity to take a 6 week paid sabbatical after five years service. And if you’re lucky enough to win our Employee of the Year Award you’ll be sent on a holiday of a lifetime to the island of Mustique in the Caribbean.
  • We know how to have fun. Whether it’s swatting up for one of our pub quizzes, creating a costume for our famous fancy dress parties or taking part in a fitness challenge as part of our annual charity day - we can guarantee you will share the enjoyment of life at Dennis.

Dennis does not discriminate. We’re just interested in your skills, your talent and your potential. So if you feel like this role is for you, please press apply now.

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