Senior Subeditor

Job Locations ZA-Johannesburg
Economic Research



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As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, EIU helps leaders to prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that affect the marketplace for more than 200 countries.

Currently we are seeking a senior sub editor to work on a range of print and electronic products within the Country Publishing division.


How you will contribute:

  • Oversee Subedit operations in Johannesburg, influencing editorial standards and driving quality and excellence across teams and products
  • Manage the Risk Briefing product, enforcing high standards and timeliness, resolving problems and anticipating bottlenecks
  • Ensure metadata tagging is consistent and error-free
  • Ensure that content is being updated regularly on the EIU websites by performing quality checks
  • Influencing change to streamline processes
  • Train and mentor new analysts and junior subeditors
  • Subediting for grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, relevance and accuracy, in compliance with house style and according to deadlines
  • Resolving ambiguous passages in conjunction with editors
  • Checking internal consistency of statistical data, and that all content has been duly updated

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:

  • A degree or equivalent (ideally in English, Political Science, Politics, Economics, International Relations or a related subject)
  • Minimum 5 years' work experience in a subeditor role
  • International commercial exposure within a publishing environment
  • An interest in, or basic understanding of, macroeconomics, politics and international affairs
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Exceptional knowledge and use of English language and grammar
  • Highly numerate
  • Strong IT skills
  • An ability to learn and understand complex processes involving Word and Excel templates and proprietary EIU publishing
  • Solid experience working with HTML tagged data
  • An ability to work autonomously and effectively under pressure
  • Organised and able to prioritise
  • A strong sense of initiative
  • Team spirit
  • An inquisitive nature

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