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The FT, Europe News Editor

Financial Times Group
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Competitive plus excellent benefits
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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The World news desk is looking for a Europe news editor.

This is one of the most exciting and high-profile commissioning jobs at the FT. With a strong network of seasoned correspondents, Europe is a real powerhouse of the FT’s international coverage. The editor will shape the coverage at a time of huge challenges for the continent: Russia is waging war on Ukraine and the west, inflation is derailing post-pandemic recovery plans, Germany is facing an energy reckoning, Italy is entering renewed political turmoil, the French president has lost his parliamentary majority and the ECB is exiting negative rates.

You’ll have a good understanding of how the EU works. You will also be expected to work extensively with correspondents in different bureaux to tease out the collaborative, cross-border stories that really add value to the FT’s coverage. This is a digital-first editing role. It requires an understanding of audience engagement, the conviction to manage swift copy delivery and the ability to commission and present content for digital platforms.


Key responsibilities

  • Mentor and guide European correspondents to generate original story ideas and focus on priority tasks;
  • Build a steady pipeline of high-impact on-the-news scoops, reads, analyses and data-led stories that will populate the big slots on the homepage of the website and anchor world print pages every day;
  • Plan coverage ahead of big events through thorough planning and coordination with other desks;
  • Edit complex stories so that they meet high standards of accuracy and jargon-free writing style;
  • Come up with creative ways of presenting stories online, use new formats and platform for stories
  • Occasionally prepare and present in news conference
  • Participate in podcasts, videos and FT Live conferences


Required skills and experience

  • You have the confidence and leadership skills to motivate colleagues on the World Desk and communicate priorities to the network of international correspondents;
  • You’re a trend-spotter, make a point in being up to speed on major news developments across the continent, be committed to digital journalism, have a good understanding of macroeconomics and sharp news judgment. This means working closely with the World News Editor to coordinate the resources on the desk and across the network.
  • You have a good knowledge of macro-economics, prior reporting experience overseas and strong collaborative instincts;
  • You’re creative, manage staffing, give constructive feedback and be a team player;
  • Weekend shifts are required as usual part of the World Desk rota.


Applications should be made via Greenhouse by Monday 8th August 2022.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

At the FT, we aim for employees across all regions to have a voice so that diverse perspectives are heard and valued. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. We'll continue to remove barriers for all, and in particular barriers facing employees from underrepresented groups.


What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.


Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 


The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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