SENIOR ENGLISH EDITOR / SPORTS – MIDDLE EAST NEWSROOM

Sports Riyadh, Riyadh


Description

Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: SENIOR ENGLISH EDITOR / SPORTS – MIDDLE EAST NEWSROOM

REPORT TO: COUNTRY SPORTS LEAD / MANAGING DIRECTOR

                                                                                                                                               

ROLE 

Do you live and breathe for sport, entertainment and culture? Do you have a deep passion for developing creative content that engages, inspires and motivates audiences? 

If you love sports and believe its power to transform lives, have a deep understanding of the Middle East region and its emerging role in global sports, then we want to hear from you.  

H+K Strategies sits at the very heart of one of the most exciting and groundbreaking transformations in the history of sport and entertainment. As a result, we are developing a newsroom hub to bring together world-class talents from creative and communication agencies, journalism, content and publishing, graphics + design, videography + production, data + insights and media buying. 

Currently our work sees us manage an unrivalled portfolio of global brands, prestigious international events and high-profile federations with global ambitions. Everything from taking the region’s strongest football league to the world, selling-out world championship events, promoting Olympic athletes, introducing futuristic motorsport series, all the way through to managing headline music festivals. To support our mission and serve our clients with future communications, we are seeking a number of passionate, proactive and organized professionals at all levels to join our rapidly growing practice as part of a collaborative newsroom. 

We’re looking for a creative, proactive and highly motivated content developer with a specialism in editorial writing, and a genuine passion for working in sport to join an exciting in-house role in one of the Middle East’s biggest markets. 

You will be a key partner in a newsroom function focused on delivered strong editorial storytelling across a number of exciting sports projects and clients. We are looking for talent who can develop authentic, credible, high quality content for local, regional and global audiences. 

The role requires mobility and flexibility to. The successful candidate can expect to support a live event press office functions alongside other major event and global brand work. 

At this level, you have the experience and autonomy to independently lead content campaigns and publishing channels (traditional and social; earned, owned, shared and paid). Your creativity has ample chance to shine as you look for opportunities to grow trust, and deliver award-winning work as part of our global network of experts as well sharing a responsibility to grow an editorial team in support of, and reporting into the country lead and Managing Director of the practice.      

The successful candidate will need to bring fresh ideas, creative thinking, energy and a strategic mindset to developing and producing high quality, tailored content that compliments feature films, promotional videos, event highlights, social media edits and more. 

Fluency in English is essential. 

SKILLS + COMPETENCIES 

At this level, you will be able to: 

Consulting  

  • Develop innovative editorial content ideas which work across print, digital and social platforms, tailored to individual projects or wider client needs.
  • Develop comprehensive forward content calendars, planning ahead with the wider content team to maximise story-telling potential and audience engagement across multiple channels.
  • Run a ‘newsroom’ style operation, managing resources and talents of junior editorial team members to ensure output.
  • Use insights gained from data and analytics colleagues to identify content opportunities and audience strategies.
  • Produce high quality writing with exceptional eye for detail in multiple styles, from punchy news releases to engaging speeches, on point speaking notes to long form ‘op ed’ features.
  • Manage client feedback and copy deadlines, frequently in live, high-pressure environments, ensuring planned output includes approvals and final edits, and is tracked.
  • Independently counsel clients with confidence, maturity and professionalism on content strategies and storytelling
  • Be bold; pitch and deliver innovative content ideas to clients and develop creative solutions that boost their brand’s reputation
  • Fluently and confidently discuss social and digital strategies with client
  • Demonstrate/develop an understanding of earned, owned, shared and paid channels, and recommend approaches for each
  • Deliver strategic senior counsel on content, including how the content is published (channel, timing, optimization, influencer engagement)
  • Ensure content is delivered on time, within budget and exceed client’s expectations in terms of results and professionalism; manage resources, review and approve client deliverables
  • Draw from H+K network and industry contacts to bring in the right internal and external expertise to add value 

People 

  • Curious, creative and up for a challenge
  • Smart and a clear communicator
  • Passionate about sport
  • Friendly and positive in a team environment
  • Confident in client facing situations
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about editorial content
  • An optimist
  • Obsessive about attention to detail
  • Happy to work hard and outside working hours
  • A problem solver
  • Able to bring out the best in your teammates 

Background 

  • Previous experience in fast-paced news environment
  • Knowledge of the region, culture and working practices
  • Deep understanding of publishing and digital channel strategies 

Education 

  • Relevant editorial industry qualifications
  • University degree (or equivalent experience)
  • 10 years+ relevant experience (with two years’ senior leadership experience) 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

  • Exemplify the company’s ethics, vision and values in daily work
  • Build on your emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • Independently, assume a greater level of responsibility and accountability for client relationships, driving your practice area with revenue targets
  • Create and drive initiatives to strengthen skills and culture of practice area/office through training and/or office responsibilities
  • Take a lead role on strategic consultancy services such as media training, messaging, strategy development, flight school and crisis preparation/handling
  • Be seen as a leader within your office; display gravitas; manage difficult client relationships 

BENEFITS  

The position of Senior English Editor will be based in the Middle East, depending whether the client opportunity exists on the ground. Benefits include;

  • Saudi Residency Visa
  • Life insurance with medical insurance plan
  • 24 days annual holidays allocated on a pro rata basis
  • One annual flight to your home country to the value of 3000 AED
  • Competitive salary package paid out at the end of each month in arrears
  • one-way economy class ticket + assistance to ship over personal belongings