Programme Editor – Contractor Jobs in Dubai – UAE at The Economist

Title: Programme Editor – Contractor

Company: The Economist

Location: Dubai – UAE

Type: Contract

Category: Creative Arts/Media

Programme Editor – Contractor

Job Locations AE-Dubai | FR-Paris | Switzerland-Geneva ID 2020-7020


The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.

The Economist Events business is the award winning, leading provider of international forums for senior executives seeking new insights into strategic issues. These meetings include industry conferences, management events and government roundtables held around the world. Each meeting organised by the events teams delivers objective and informed analysis. Meetings provide unusually high-level forums where senior executives can gain insights, exchange views and compare strategies.

Currently we are seeking a Freelance Programme Editor, Europe for The Economist’s Custom Events business to lead the development and delivery of bespoke events in the region. The role will be responsible for developing original ideas, working closely with commercial teams to develop business and pitch programmes, managing a team of permanent and temporary content creators and ensuring the high-quality delivery of client-focused content programmes. The contract can be located within any of the EMEA countries, including: UK, France, Germany, Dubai and Switzerland


How you will contribute:

Work closely with the global head of content to develop the custom events’ content strategy

Lead content development of the custom business’ European portfolio of events

Create original, engaging content to meet client objectives

Oversee the recruitment of exceptional, high-calibre speakers which reflect the standing of The Economist’s brand

Manage a team of programme editors, executives and assistants to deliver high-quality content and speakers

Maintain, update and ensure adherence to editorial and best-practice guidelines

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The desirable skills for this role include: 

Significant experience in content creation, editorial or a related field

A track record of developing bespoke content programmes and initiatives

Exceptional organisation and time-management skills

Proven experience managing a team of content creators, with the ability to mentor, nurture and develop young talent

An excellent understanding of The Economist and The Economist Events’ brands and position in the marketplace

Exceptional writing and editing skills

Demonstrate strong commercial acumen and client management skills

A calm temperament and positive attitude

Occasional travel to Dubai may be required if the contractor is based in another location

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, gender identity, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation , age or marital status.


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