Independent Best, Editor in Chief

The Independent
Kensington, London, W8.
Closing date
8 Dec 2021

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Job Type
Full Time
Nationals, Online, News
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About us

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.

Through The Independent and indy100 websites, its subscription and contribution services, as well as its syndication and advertising businesses, The Independent hopes to continue the work of many decades, and with over 100 million unique global visitors a month, to make its voice ever louder and more insistent the world over.

Today we have teams across the globe, from Delhi, Moscow and the Middle East, through to London, New York and Los Angeles.

About the job

Job purpose

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.

The successful candidate 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.

The editor-in-chief must be a calm and decisive problem solver, with the ability and attitude to influence colleagues into positive and timely action.

Key responsibilities and skills:

  • 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.

Essential skills and experience

  • Experience of successfully working in a similar role at a similar title.
  • Strong familiarity with the Independent and our 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.

Expected behaviours

  1. Continuous Improvement – Works in a smart, flexible and focused way, is open to change and suggests ideas for improvements to the way things are done.
  2. Collaboration – Builds and maintains positive and supportive working relationships with colleagues. Helps to create an inclusive and professional work environment.
  3. Building Capability – Keeps own knowledge and skill set current and evolving and looks for ways to continue learning to support the achievement of business objectives.
  4. Quality Service – Delivers high quality and efficient service and takes account of the diverse customer needs and requirements when looking at ways to improve service quality.
  5. Responsive Delivery - Works to agreed business goals and objectives and deals with challenges in a constructive and responsive way. Takes personal responsibility for quality of outputs.

To apply, please send an up to date CV along with a full covering letter with salary expectations.

Due to the high volume of applications we will only be contacting candidates who have been shortlisted and progressed through to the next stage.

The Independent is an equal opportunities employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments to complete your application, please do not hesitate to advise us accordingly.


Working to inform, challenge and inspire our readers and clients every day, the ESI Media offices in High St Kensington offer a lively and sociable working environment.

From our journalists to our commercial team, we have some of the best talent in the business, who are all passionate about our fantastic brands.

All of our employees are entitled to benefits including great pension and health insurance schemes. We also offer cycle to work and season ticket loan initiatives to make our employees’ journeys to work easier. We want our employees to enjoy working for us and we invest in training and development to support and develop rewarding careers.

Find Us
Northcliffe House
2 Derry Street
W8 5TT
United Kingdom

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