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Chemical Watch

Job title Senior editorial position
Location Home working
Salary range Depending on experience
Date posted 28-Aug-19
Apply by 30-Sep-19
Contact Geraint Roberts
Summary An exciting opportunity for an experienced journalist with management experience to join a growing company to oversee the commissioning and editing of features and be part of an editorial team of 17. This is a Full-time permanent position.

The company:

Chemical Watch has a mission to ‘inform, connect and transform’. We inform a global community of businesses, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders concerned with the safety of chemicals in products. We have created a unique global network that enables us to connect our members to each other to create new solutions to issues. With our communication skills and insight we aim to transform the effectiveness of company activities to manage the safety of chemicals in the products they buy, use and sell. From chemical feedstocks to everyday products such as clothing, cars, electronics and toys, every sector has an agenda to assess and substitute chemicals of concern motivated by regulatory or supply chain pressure and increasingly by its own sustainability aspirations.

Launched in 2007, the company continues to enjoy strong year-on-year growth, and now employs some 60 staff, mainly in the UK but also elsewhere in Europe and in the US. We are looking for an individual with drive, enthusiasm and passion. In return, you will find CWR a stimulating place to work, with a palpable sense of purpose and a collective desire to see all members of staff thrive.

Our journalists work from home with regular daily virtual interaction and frequent face-to-face meetings. 

The role:

Reporting to the Editorial Director, the successful candidate will run our busy features desk, commissioning articles from our team of in-house and freelance journalists and external contributors as well as working with our analysts to deliver quality features and analysis pieces for our websites and two annual guides. They will travel frequently to events, most outside the UK, and will have a high profile role in moderating panel discussions at our conferences and chairing our webinars. 

The candidate:

We are looking for an experienced journalist who has demonstrable people and management skills, a strong news sense, pride in the quality of their work and a desire to make every article have an impact. They will bring excellent commissioning, editing and writing skills and will know how to craft compelling features. A knowledge of how products are made, business drivers and how supply chains work will be a distinct advantage and you will be willing to learn rapidly about the world of chemicals safety, regulation and management.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and commissioning an ongoing programme of features, comment and analysis from our in-house teams of journalists and analysts, and from external experts;
  • Editing features and analysis to a high standard;
  • Working with the news editor, desk editors and reporters to manage delivery of features alongside their news writing responsibilities. 
  • Contributing to wider company projects and discussions 
  • Writing some features and news as needs dictate and time allows
  • Joining our stable of experts who moderate/present at conferences and webinars

Salary negotiable. CWR operates an employer contributory company pension and annual leave scheme.

Please send applications with a CV and cover letter stating why you are applying and why you are the right candidate to Editorial Director