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18 May 2018
EURACTIV, the media network for Europe
EURACTIV is an independent pan-European media network specialised in EU policies. We speak your language, publishing online news free of charge and facilitating EU debates for policy professionals in 12 languages across Europe. With 2.4 million page views and close to a million unique visitors per month, EURACTIV is a leader among online media specialised in EU policy. Together with its media partners, over 100 people contribute to the EURACTIV brand, of whom almost 50 are journalists.
A strong team looking for a strong leader
EURACTIV is on a journey of network transformation. In the future, it will be less Brussels-focused and even more European-led. The Editor-in-Chief will be expected to help shape, accelerate and lead that transformation. He/she will have a passion for the media of today and tomorrow, understand and embody EURACTIV’s vision and strategy, while reinterpreting it for tomorrow’s editorial opportunities.
EURACTIV brings together a multicultural team of content professionals. That strong team is looking for a strong leader. The Editor-in-Chief will set the tone for journalism standards and forms across all EURACTIV platforms and supervise the Managing Editor. The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the EURACTIV Board and answers to the CEO. He/she will be located at the EURACTIV Brussels Network Office, with some European travel as required.
Your clear priority, leading the editorial strategy
  • Inspire and lead the publication of first-class content by the editorial team. This includes encouraging other production means such as videos, infographics, blogs, and data visualisation across multiple platforms.
  • Prepare the models for sourcing, analysing, and creating content; devise the strategic plans including channel selection, focus and metrics; set and maintain the editorial budget with the Managing Editor.
  • Analyse the competitive landscape and map a content strategy for the 12-language network involving new formats in line with business development opportunities. On this aspect, this role has an almost unlimited creative license within agreed principles.
A hands-on role, creating strategic content
  • Experiment with new content formats and conduct usability tests with product owners. EURACTIV’s challenge is to align user needs with revenue growth opportunities to drive new and current business.
  • Manage international teams in Paris and Berlin and lead franchise partners, including their role as relay to/from national media partners to scale up high-quality editorial content across the different policy hubs, formats, languages and platforms.
  • Lead by example by organising interviews with top stakeholders and contributing own articles to maintain an understanding of the journalism reality. This network strategic aspect demands a clear hands-on drive. 
The Editor-in-Chief is also representing the media
  • Be a public face and take an active role in promoting the EURACTIV Network, speaking at top events across Europe, raising EURACTIV’s visibility and opening doors to colleagues.
  • Represent the editorial team and the media network within the company by playing a consultancy role for the other departments.
Do you have what it takes?
To excel in this position, you will have a range of technical and professional skills but be more of an innovation strategist and change manager than a specialist or technician. You are also required to have the following:
  • Sound media ethics.
  • Minimum 10 years professional experience in journalism, media innovation or a related field. Newsroom experience a plus.
  • Proven expertise in channel optimisation, user engagement, digital journalism and related consumer and media technologies.
  • Analytical, structured and pragmatic when tackling business challenges.
  • Be deeply user- and market-driven and familiar with how these priorities affect product-development processes.
  • Strong skills in concept visualisation; strong communication, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Experience in working with and leading executive teams across multi-locations and multi-disciplines.
  • Be goal driven, with the ability to adapt to change and to new opportunities.
  • The ability to work independently as well as a teammate and community member.
  • Enthusiastic attitude to all parties and innovative and creative thinker and leader.
  • Excellent written English, with the ability to edit native speakers’ texts.
  • Fluent French and/or German, with other European languages a big asset.
  • Good EU understanding and experience working in Brussels.
  • Readiness to embrace the flexibility of an independent contract.
For confidential enquiries and/or send your application in confidence, please contact Anne-Françoise Massotte, HR Manager, on selection@euractiv.com.

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