Food Editor, The Culture Trip - NY
Culture Trip is one of the internet’s fastest-growing media start-ups, attracting nearly 3 million monthly readers and 1 million social media followers. Operating in 40 countries around the world, we have major offices in London, NYC and Tel Aviv.
We’re passionate about bringing compelling content to every corner of the world through our global community of writers, videographers and photographers. We won UK Website of the Year Award for Arts & Culture (2014) and were named one of 25 UK Tech Companies to Watch (2013). Culture Trip has already attracted a strong base of writers and contributors, a top team of engineers in Tel Aviv and has two senior Google executives on its Board – Dr Nelson Mattos and Yariv Adan.
The company is now backed by heavyweight backers in US and Europe and set for explosive growth and going through a major recruitment drive for its editorial, commercial, technology and social teams around the world.
Our vision is bold: we aim to create the world’s largest media company, powered by a global community and cutting-edge technology. The company adopts a mobile-first UX strategy.
We are looking for an ambitious, experienced professional to form and manage, together with a colleague, a Food team and operation within the editorial department, focused on food-related content.
As a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, you should have a desire to build a rich content offering from scratch. We will need you to be methodical while retaining a creative edge for strategic brainstorming and thinking outside the box. You will also need to autonomously find new, better approaches to expanding our content offering within your genre.
We offer an independent, dynamic and ambitious working environment with plenty of potential to leave a mark, and the opportunity to work on exciting content across our four departments – social, editorial, commercial and tech.
We’re data- and social-driven (think Buzzfeed, but more substantial), with a solid intellectual backbone (think FT Weekend, but more accessible). You will be part of the wider editorial team split across London and NYC, and report directly to the Managing Editor in NYC.
Other departments within editorial include the local hubs (30 cities), as well as the following in-house genres: travel, books, fashion, art, design, film, music, real estate & architecture, sports, tech & entrepreneurship, health & wellness.
Starting date: ASAP
- Build up, expand and manage the Food department/operation at The Culture Trip, with a particular focus on generating strategy, ideas and growing a network of contributors within your genre.
- Together with the hubs’ managerial team, guide The Culture Trip’s hub system in producing compelling content on Food, paying extra attention to SMO and SEO. You should take the lead on generating ideas for useful, evergreen content and newsworthy topics (listicles, features, interviews, reviews, and others).
- Write news or feature content whenever appropriate or necessary.
- Develop and implement new content propositions within your genre under the guidance of the Managing Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.
- Optimize the articles under your genre for social media and search engines, paying careful attention to how much buzz they are generating across the web.
- Manage and recruit a group of ad hoc contributors from around the world, whose expertise is Food-related content.
- Actively participate in conceiving and building out our Food offering on video channels, including YouTube.
- Carefully monitor the success rates of posts and re-evaluate in short, test-driven runs, via the analytics tools available./
- Contribute to the growth, strategy and daily management of the Food-specific social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) alongside the social media team.
- Work alongside the editorial department’s data scientist to evaluate and improve content strategies.
- Collaborate with the commerce team on branded content and commercial partnerships within your genre.
- Work with external partners and stakeholders on enriching the company’s genre-specific content offering (chefs, bloggers, restaurants, partner publications…).
Desired Skills and Experience:
- 5-10 years of professional experience in an editorial department, with a specific focus on Food.
- At least 3 years of experience in a managerial or strategic role. Previous remote management experience is a strong asset.
- Proven experience writing, editing and commissioning successful content on Food.
- An unquenchable love for all things food and drink, from Michelin-starred dining in Paris to street eats in Bangkok, and an impressive culinary wherewithal on a global level.
- Experience in producing successful video and social media-optimized content is desirable.
- Great contacts in the industry.
- Excellent management, organisational and people skills are an absolute must.
- Exceptionally strong editor with an eye for compelling ideas for content across a selection of locations and interests.
- Strong understanding of what makes a great piece of content and how to engage readers with excellent copy.
- Strong understanding of the differences between social media and search engine optimized content, and an intimate familiarity with SEO.
- Aptitude for data collection and analysis is desirable; experience with Google Analytics or Social Media Analytics or any other software is essential.
- Familiarity with WordPress is essential.
- Academic excellence and a degree of intellectual gravitas is important.
- Passion for culture, travel, art, lifestyle will come in handy.
- You need a self-starting attitude and be confident to interact with writers and potential partners, both in person and over the phone or Skype.
- You will need to evaluate and revise systems under pressure, and in short, dynamic, test-driven runs.
- You need to be an enthusiastic and dynamic yet collaborative team player with a high degree of integrity and personal responsibility.
- You should be comfortable working within a global company with people from different cultural backgrounds, and liaising across different time zones.
How to Apply
Email us by completing the application form below, attaching your CV and a brief cover letter explaining why you’d be a great candidate for this role. Please note we will not be considering incomplete applications.
We’re accepting applications until 12 December 2016, and would like the successful candidate to start ASAP.