Commissioning editor

Sifted is looking for a commissioning editor to join our fast-growing team covering the world of European tech and startups.  

We’re looking for a creative, collaborative and versatile journalist who is full of ideas, knows how to make smart commissions and has a knack for getting the best out of writers. 

About Sifted

Sifted is a new media platform, backed by the Financial Times, reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe. Just two years after launching, we’ve become known for our high-quality journalism and fresh viewpoints, and a must-read for many founders, investors and people working in startups across the continent.

Our team of reporters, based across Europe, aren’t chasing the latest funding announcements or product releases; plenty of other sites have got that covered. We are telling the stories that should be told — big startup trends, compelling company profiles and the everyday lessons that come from growing a business and messing up along the way.

We have grown from a standing start to over 500,000 monthly unique visitors, and 65,000 newsletter subscribers, and have a lively social media following, but there is much more to be done both to grow and consolidate our readership. 

What will you be doing?

Reporting to the editor, it will be your mission to whip into shape articles that come in from our network of 20 staff and freelance reporters across Europe as well as commission (and occasionally write) articles on some of the biggest issues of the day. 

You will also be responsible for managing our opinion section and ensuring a steady stream of articles reflecting ongoing debates (while fending off the millions of promo-content-marketing pieces we get pitched every second). 

Core duties include:

  • Have your finger on the pulse of Europe’s startup ecosystem to ensure that Sifted never misses a big news story or controversy. 
  • Commissioning and copy editing 3+ op eds per week from Sifted readers and thought leaders, ensuring that we share a diverse range of opinions. 
  • Helping to build and manage our network of freelance journalists covering startups and tech across Europe, identifying where our coverage is lacking and then finding the best person to fill that gap. 
  • Copy editing Sifted staff reporters’ articles, ensuring a consistent tone of voice and high editorial standards.
  • Working with Sifted’s membership team to measure and boost reader engagement, pinpoint key topics to cover and start conversations.

What skills do you need?

We’re looking for someone who has 3+ years’ editorial experience and has commissioned and worked with freelance reporters and external contributors. We want someone with fluent English, excellent attention to detail and an eye for a good story (and headline). We’re also keen to find someone who is up for writing the occasional piece and excited to work in an environment where things move fast and often change.

What are we like to work for?

We have a small-company mindset, but big company goals, and can draw on many of the strengths and benefits of a world-respected brand, the Financial Times. We’re friendly, hard-working and passionate about what we do. We have a flat structure, collaborate across disciplines, and everyone has impact across many areas of the business. We value feedback, honesty and clear communication. 

What we offer

  • Competitive salary, depending on experience, plus equity
  • 25 days of annual leave plus the usual public holidays
  • Flexible working hours and the option to work from home some days 
  • Weekly team lunches (virtual for now) and seemingly endless snacks (when in the office)
  • Regular team socials… post-lockdown (eg. pub quizzes, dinners, theatre trips)
  • The chance to have an impact across many areas of the business, and to build a large team over time 

Location

London (although we are a fully-remote team for the foreseeable future and are open to semi-remote applicants — ie. people who could travel in a few days per week).

How to apply

Please send an email explaining why you’d like to apply and why you think you’d be a good fit for this role to [email protected] and [email protected]. Please attach a CV.

Please also share:

  • 3 articles you were proud of that you commissioned
  • 3 articles you were proud of you wrote
  • 3 ideas for op eds you’d commission for Sifted