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Copy editor, part of the Westminster Forum Projects editorial team

Apply by: ASAP
Salary: Competitive

Westminster Forum Projects is recruiting for a senior copy editor to assist the editorial director in producing marketing communications, agendas and other written material for publication to our thousands of contacts.

 

This is a central role requiring experience and the highest levels of editorial judgment and diplomacy, crafting and helping shape text that supports the quality of our brand, and clearly communicates the value of our conferences to the policymakers and stakeholders who are invited to attend.

 

Westminster Forum Projects is a market leader in organising senior-level seminars on public policy in media, telecoms, education, nutrition, health, energy, transport, the environment, legal and business policy, media and telecoms and many other areas. We enjoy considerable support from senior figures within Parliament and government, in industry and amongst interest groups who depend on our conferences to support policy formulation and implementation.

 

Job description:

  • Working up delegate invitations for each event at an early stage - either from scratch based on notes from and iteration with researchers, or refining their drafts
  • Spotting and suggesting changes where copy does not seem to be working as well as it could to attract delegates and speakers
  • Improving clarity, order, the way selling points are conveyed, and ringing changes to refresh the copy
  • Final checks on the accuracy of the way things are expressed, and use of terminology
  • Working with the deputy editor and authors to produce text that is true the drafter’s intention backed up by their research
  • Mentoring authors so that they develop their abilities, and so that material from them is progressively submitted in a more ready-to-use state
  • Watching out for issues that could erode our brand such as assumptions or wording which could be interpreted as partiality or bias, misuse of terminology, inaccuracy including published document names, and incorrect forms of address or spelling of names
  • Sharpening and drawing out the way that the value of the conference is expressed in the delegate invites and ensuring that all the elements of the company’s accumulated knowledge that support the responsible persuasiveness of our communications is utilised in published material
  • Maintaining the brand capital of our unique voice and how people are accustomed to us expressing ourselves, as well as helping develop our style over time
  • Other duties as assigned by the Editorial Director or their nominee

 

Requirements:

  • We are looking for experienced candidates for this role - in a news, current affairs or public affairs consultancy environment. Headline-writing experience would be ideal.
  • Professional-standard command of the English language with razor-sharp editing, proofreading, writing, and communication skills. With a picky eye for detail.
  • Check out the breadth of our conferences. You will need to demonstrate ability to work with specialists over a wide range of subjects areas.
  • We are super busy. You will need to be experienced and capable in handling a high volume of work, in time management, and in delivering output to business-critical deadlines.
  • However experienced you are, we need you to be able to roll your sleeves up, be eager to learn, and be able to readily adapt to and adhere to house style. Once you are firmly in the saddle you’ll be expected to help its continuing development. We’re learning all the time.
  • When you are up to speed we would want you not to need close supervision, but help and support is always on hand.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office is essential, and experience of other specialist software would be an advantage - for instance for social media, images and web editing.
  • You will be working up text either from raw notes or copy submitted by researchers with varying levels of writing skill. The copy that leaves you will be formatted by sub-editors in our coms team, and given a final safety check for literals etc before publication.
  • Interest and experience in web design and copywriting from scratch is desirable as the successful candidate develops in the role .

 

This is an exciting permanent role in a thriving organisation, and there is plenty of scope for career growth for the right candidate. It’s full time, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm with an hour for lunch.

 

All of the company’s staff, numbering ~85, work from home.

 

To apply please email your CV and covering letter indicating your current salary and why you believe you would be suitable for the role to recruitment@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk