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Special Projects Editor

Ocean Media Group Ltd
London (Greater)
£30 - £60k
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

Job title; Special Projects Editor

Job type: Full-time (part-time options may be available)

Location: London           

Reporting in to: Commercial Director                    

About Ocean Media Group

Living our Values

Ocean Media Group is a dynamic and progressive organisation that puts its customers and people first. We create market-leading events and digital information products that help our customers succeed and in turn drive our growth.

“Together we succeed”

We are passionate and inquiring; we adapt, innovate and invest to create business environments full of opportunity. We aim to lead our markets to a better future. Our innovative mixed-media approach, delivered expertly through our market leading brands, creates highly engaged and loyal audiences.

Our Mission

‘To create unbeatable insights and experiences to help our customers succeed’

We work towards this goal by living our values in our conduct with all those with whom we interact – customers, employees, business partners, suppliers, competitors, investors and the general public.

Our Core Values

Externally, we will:

  • develop exceptional insight into and rapport with our customers
  • ensure that our commitment, authenticity and integrity are clear to all
  • make doing business with us rewarding and a pleasure
  • always strive to deliver the highest of standards

Internally, we will:

  • respect and value our people
  • reflect the best of our culture through our teams
  • seek breakthroughs in what we do by constantly challenging ourselves
  • foster and reward personal commitment and creativity

Our vision and values guide every action and are the focus of everything we do as we perform our responsibilities.


Housing; Inside Housing and Social Housing

Ocean Media Group is the market leader in social housing across award winning B2B print, digital and events streams.  The housing portfolio includes the flagship publication, Inside Housing, which is read by over 15,000 subscribers, and Europe’s largest housing conference, ‘Housing’, which is attended by over 8,000 housing professionals.  Ocean Media’s housing portfolio is the largest and most profitable part of the group, contributing over £8m in revenue annually.  The Client Solutions team are responsible for delivering circa £1m annual revenue across a range of print, digital and face to face platforms, including bespoke campaigns that are at the forefront of digital and content marketing.

Job description:

The Special Projects Editor will manage all special projects from start to finish, and will be instrumental is developing new products ensuring that Ocean Media continue to deliver first class experiences for both clients and audience.

As part of the wider client solutions team, the Special Projects Editor will lead the delivery of content, working closely with the marketing and sales teams to deliver all Inside Housing and Social Housing sponsored content, which includes and established range of print, digital and face to face solutions, including Q&A’s, webinars, case studies and round tables. There are also a number of clients with whom we create larger bespoke content campaigns.

This senior role is varied, including producing content, running surveys and bringing together panel sessions, commissioning writers, editing copy, liasing with contacts, clients and colleagues on the production desk, and sales team, and networking at a senior level to secure high level panellists, contributors and judges.

Main responsibilities:

  • Project management and leadership: Overseeing and setting direction for projects. Setting out project plans/timelines, keeping multiple stakeholders on deadline, juggling multiple projects. Managing a contributors budget. Leading colleagues to ensure the projects are a success for clients.
  • Communication and stakeholder management: developing a clear understanding of the needs of readers and stakeholders and/or clients to ensure maximum impact, communicating with clients/contributors regularly, working with colleagues including production, web, marketing, sales and events.
  • Building and maintaining a network of contacts: to build an understanding of readers’ needs and interests, and provide a network of contracts for round table invites, columns etc.
  • Maintaining editorial quality: Writing, commissioning, editing and proofing articles, case studies, round tables, profiles and other copy to meet the high standards of IH/SH and our readers.
  • Creativity: Providing a creative approach to engaging the audience, presenting content online/on social media/in print, and taking a creative approach to problem solving. Working with the editors to develop bespoke projects. Identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation.
  • Commercial awareness: Supporting the sales team during the sales process and afterwards by advocating the benefits of projects, and providing advice and expertise. Spotting trending topics that may provide a hook for new projects that will interest readers and/or sponsors.
  • Representing the magazines: at events and on platforms where required.
  • New product development: developing ideas for new types of content and new clients groups.


  • Ability to quickly understand a fast changing policy environment and translate the implications for readers’ businesses and the impact for clients
  • Strong focus on client service
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamworking skills
  • Stakeholder management - ability to empathise with stakeholders
  • Excellent writer with the ability to spot compelling stories and turn them into must-read copy
  • Ability to make and work contacts at a senior level in key organisations
  • Core journalism skills and experience
  • Use of use IT packages – word, excel, web content management systems
  • Understanding of project management techniques


  • Enjoys the challenges of a fast paced team environment
  • Enjoys seeing a project from conception to completion
  • Solutions focused
  • Outgoing and personable – able to quickly charm and put clients and interviewees at ease
  • Calm under pressure
  • Diplomacy
  • Strong interest in the commercial business of the publishing and media industry and future business models

Knowledge, Skills, Attitude and Behaviours:

  • A proven track record in event, print and/or digital content
  • Excellent numeracy and literacy.  Written and spoken English as a first language is essential.
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • A natural problem solver, the post holder has both the analytical skills to quickly understand an issue facing the market, and the creativity and initiative to identify a solution.
  • Confident, outgoing personality. Must get on well with people.
  • Must have ‘an eye for detail’ and proven attention to detail.   A track record of checking own and others’ work, and accuracy, is essential.
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative will be important to this role.
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen.

Additional benefits:

  • 25 days annual holiday + additional day for birthday
  • 4% employer contribution pension
  • Season ticket loan
  • Based in South Quay with fantastic transport links
  • Optional health scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Death in service cover


Apply by email to:

Salary: upon application

Salary bracket: £30 - £60k

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