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Senior Staff Writer

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.

Auto Express is Britain’s leading title for car news and reviews, online and in print. It is the PPA Consumer Media Brand of the Year, reflecting its commitment to excellence on all platforms. We are now seeking a Senior Staff Writer to join the team at Auto Express and its sister website, Carbuyer.co.uk.

What will you be doing?

  • Reporting to the Deputy Editor, this role is one of the most varied at Dennis Publishing’s automotive division. It’ll include frequent launch activity, where you’ll be expected to turn around copy quickly and accurately, ensuring our award-winning website gets its review live first.
  • There will also be regular work with our Chief Reviewer, assisting with logistics and writing the UK’s benchmark comparison tests.
  • As well as reviews, the role will also include news writing - both from launch events and on an ad-hoc basis - and some planning and commissioning work to ensure the best possible coverage for our long-term test fleet.
  • The Senior Staff Writer is expected to help nurture the talent of our more junior staff members, offering advice and guidance to develop their abilities and further their careers.
  • There will also be occasional video presenting.

Who are we looking for?

  • You’ll be an established car journalist with experience of news writing or road testing - and a desire to broaden your range of abilities. You’ll be equally happy filing a long-lead feature or turning around a news story at five minutes’ notice for our website - and capable of producing SEO-friendly content that’s still engaging for the readers.
  • You’ll need to be comfortable working anywhere - from an actual desk at our new London HQ to the back seats of test cars at Chobham or various lounges at Heathrow airport. An ability to consume filling-station coffee and produce tight, well-written and accurate copy quickly and to deadline are of (almost) equal importance.
  • You’ll also be expected to be comfortable with planning future stories, liaising with manufacturer PRs and press fleet managers, and working regular irregular hours.

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.
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