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MoneySavingExpert, Assistant Forum & Community Editor

Employer
MoneySavingExpert.com
Location
London, hybrid working
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
20 Jun 2022

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Industry
Journalist
Job Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Sector
Consumer Publication, Online, Finance, News
Discipline
Assistant Editor
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Job Details

Assistant Forum & Community Editor
Location London, United Kingdom  External

Why join the MoneySavingExpert.com Forum team?

MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) is the UK’s biggest consumer website. It provides millions of users with free, independent, editorially led information about all things money. The goal for everyone working at MSE is simple – we’re dedicated to cutting consumer bills and fighting hard for financial justice for everyone.

At the heart of MSE sits the MSE Forum – a unique and lively community of over 2.2 million users talking all things MoneySaving. With tens of thousands of posts written each week across over 100 Boards, the Forum is the go-to place to discuss and debate consumers issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Our community spans old-style MoneySavers, green gurus, ‘debt-free wannabe’ diarists, crafty ‘compers’, deep-diving discount hunters and so much more. As well as the Forum, we get around 16m MoneySavers to MoneySavingExpert.com every month and our weekly email – with 8m subscribers – is packed with exclusive deals, tricks, and how-to guides, all helping people make the most of their cash. But what really makes MSE stand-out from the crowd is the Editorial Code, which is the bedrock of everything we do.

Regardless of your role at MSE, it’s everybody’s job to champion the consumer - and that makes us a truly unique, exciting, and rewarding place to work. If you are inspired by what we do or see yourself as a passionate consumer champion, and you have grit and enthusiasm along with the essential skills for the job, a career in MSE might just be what you’re looking for.

Why Our Role?

The MSE Forum’s mission is simple – to be a one-of-a-kind, thriving, and supportive home for consumers to talk all things MoneySaving, within a safe and friendly community. We’re looking for an exceptional Assistant Forum & Community Editor with experience of managing online communities to join our team and help with the delivery of this mission. Our ambition is for the MSE Forum to be industry-leading in community management and our Assistant Editor will be passionate about achieving that goal. In 2020, the MSE Forum underwent an independent audit that has lead to profound changes in how the community is managed, particularly as we prepare for the new regulatory environment being brought in because of the Online Safety Bill. We are looking at how to better advance our technology and processes to future-proof the success of the Forum.

The Assistant Editor will be instrumental in formulating how we adapt to any upcoming challenges. There will be a lot to do – and the right candidate will thrive on working under pressure and within tight deadlines. You’ll enjoy being busy! A key focus of this role will also be to display a solid editorial lead. The Assistant Forum Editor will be responsible for helping the team to mine the Forum for its best, most engaging content which can be used across the whole of MSE – news, investigations, social, campaigns and, of course, the weekly email. The right candidate will have a proven track record of building communities, driving engagement, and making editorial judgements. The most important part of the Assistant Forum Editor’s role will be line managing the very talented and dedicated Forum team. They often manage complex and sensitive situations that come with running a community of this scale. Providing them with true guidance, duty of care and support is paramount. We’re looking for someone who’s genuinely passionate about being part of a team and prioritises supporting them above all else.

What will you be doing as a conscientious and driven member of the Forum team, with responsibility for the direct line management of the three Forum execs?

  • Working with the Forum Editor to ensure the Forum meets the anticipated obligations of the Online Safety Bill
  • Contributing to the ongoing reform of MSE’s community management processes, ensuring any new practices are implemented to the highest ofstandards – this will include communicating any changes to the Forum community, training of staff and providing regular reviews to ensure best practice.
  • Oversee the application of the Forum Rules, ensuring the infraction and appeals procedures are carried out consistently and fairly.
  • Be a port-of-call for any Forum team escalations and know when to refer up to the Forum Editor
  • Ensure all queries into the Forum are managed via Zendesk and are tackled with a prompt, consumer-champion approach.
  • With the support of the legal and compliance teams, assist in the handling of any legal, data or GDPR issues that come into the Forum.
  • Develop and maintain a direct relationship with our invaluable volunteer users AKA Ambassadors, optimising the crucial role they play in community management.

Editorial:

  • Work with the Forum Editor to implement strategy for the MSE Forum in line with MSE’s overall strategic goals – with a focus on getting new members, driving engagement, and growing traffic both within the Forum and to the main site.
  • Maintain the highest editorial standards on the Forum, in line with the MSE Editorial Code.
  • Drive innovative and creative ideas for new, engaging content on the Forum
  • With a strong nose for news, be able to spot Forum content that might lead to exclusive investigations and campaigns.
  • Taking a multi-agency approach, maximise any opportunity for MSE content to be showcased on any one (or more) of our key platforms, including social, video, blogs and deals.
  • Evaluate and analyse the performance of the Forum against a range of key metrics.

What do you need to excel in this role?

Essential:

  • Experience working within forum community management
  • An appetite for, and a proven track record in managing complex change within a business.
  • Significant experience of working in editorially driven teams eg, in the media or publishing industries.
  • Ability to manage the technology required to support a community of 2m+.
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory obligations around user-generated content and personal data.
  • Extensive complaints handling expertise.
  • Demonstrable experience in growing an existing or new community online.
  • A head for analytics – able to crunch data and draw out insights to drive performance
  • A confident decision-maker – someone who can make difficult but considered decisions quickly while protecting MSE’s reputation.
  • A stickler for accuracy and detail, with exceptional written English.
  • Ability to manage conflicting demands and deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills – with the ability to explain complex issues concisely.
  • People management skills with experience of having senior roles in teams.
  • Understanding of personal finance/consumer issues.
  • Experience of working within a fast-paced news environment.

Nice to have:

  • A good understanding of the UK political system and how it works.
  • Experience working with well-known or ‘big’ personalities who are the face of an organisation

Company

MoneySavingExpert.com is the UK's biggest consumer website, with about 15 million users a month.

The site's dedicated to cutting your bills and fighting your corner with journalistic research, cutting-edge tools and a massive community – all focused on finding deals, saving cash and campaigning for financial justice.

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Location
19-22 Rathbone Place
London
W1T 1HY
GB
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