The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We offer our journalism across a range of platforms, from print and digital to audio, video, conferences and business information.
Currently, we are seeking an experienced media leader to oversee business development, researching, identifying and delivering new opportunities through partnerships, new ventures and inorganic growth. We likewise need a skilled leader to manage the commercial aspects of our podcast business, conceiving and executing a growth strategy of audio with a focus on increasing revenue, audience size and engagement, and value to Economist subscribers. The two pieces come together to make the role a key member of the leadership team, driving growth across The Economist with a particular emphasis on the audio business.
As for audio, The Economist in recent years has made a major investment in the space, creating spoken versions of articles and launching a handful of podcasts, including our flagship daily show The Intelligence (which has 10 million downloads per month) and weekly shows on finance, US politics, data, and science. We also produce a weekly interview show and a daily morning briefing. We believe deeply in the power of audio to deliver our journalism, and we are committed to expanding our reach in this space, with a focus on appealing to new listeners as well as engaging and retaining our current 1.2 million core subscriber base.
Reporting to the President of The Economist, the Head of Business Development and Audio Growth will work with key stakeholders across the firm, including leaders and colleagues in editorial, product, advertising sales, marketing and subscriptions. The ideal candidate should possess a deep understanding of the digital content ecosystem, have a record of building effective partnerships, and demonstrate an aptitude for growing a successful audio business within a broader media company.
How you will contribute:
The ideal candidate brings:
Sophisticated understanding of the audio landscape
Proven leadership, judgment and analytical skills, along with strong cross-departmental collaborative skills
Passion for the mission of The Economist Group
Experience and comfort in a fast-paced digital environment, with an ability to anticipate and respond quickly to change
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A quantitative mind, and facility with extracting and applying insights from data
Superb people skills with a proven track record of driving results with external partners as well as internal stakeholders
Curiosity, energy, ambition, and a demonstrated record of pursuing and achieving excellence