The Sun, Associate Head of Features

The Sun
London (Greater) (GB)
27 May 2021
27 Jun 2021
Nationals, News
Features Editor
Job Type
Full Time

News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations.

The Team: The Sun is the biggest news brand in the UK, publishing hundreds of stories a day and reaching over 170m unique users digitally every month. Our exclusives set the news agenda and our campaigns have changed the lives of many.

Our Features team is the heartbeat of The Sun, helping shape the tone and personality of journalism’s most famous brand. It oversees everything from commentary to campaigns, real life to really funny, investigations to hard-hitting interviews and everything in between. 

Your Role: You will work as part of a busy Features desk responsible for managing a team of staff writers and freelancers. You will commission and edit original and engaging features for all our platforms to tight deadlines.

This is an ideas-driven role and the successful candidate will instinctively know what features will work well in print, online and across all The Sun's platforms - and have the skills to ensure they have the biggest impact. 

Experience of both print and digital publishing is preferred.

Day to day:

  • Generate compelling and agenda-setting feature ideas and interviews suitable for any or all of our platforms
  • Commission content from writers and work to ensure good value on payments    
  • Play a key role in suggesting and leading areas of future development, especially the digital presentation of content and content formats 
  • Help to educate and enthuse the team about digital publishing
  • Take responsibility for or assisting with campaigns as required
  • Liaise with the marketing and commercial teams on campaigns and content
  • Work with the audience team to ensure the optimum performance of content 
  • Take on ad-hoc responsibilities as and when required to ensure the success of the team
  • Develop towards deputising for the Head of Features 
  • Take on ad-hoc responsibilities as and when required to ensure the success of the team


What we’re looking for from you: 

  • Experience of managing a team.
  • Unflappable under pressure and delivers work at a consistently high standard.
  • Pro-active and displays a willingness to take on any task.
  • Positive attitude and good team player.
  • Attention to detail, combined with an appreciation of the bigger picture
  • Adaptability – able to adapt style dependent on the story
  • Takes initiative in order to achieve desired results.
  • Self-starter, organised and a good problem-solver, able to eliminate obstacles through creative and adaptive approaches.
  • The ability to think on your feet and respond to events as they happen
  • Experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams. 


Life at News

At News UK some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group. 

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support. 

In addition we also offer:

  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.  

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