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We're Hiring - In-House Journalist / Editorial Consultant

Alex Blyth

Managing Partner

We're Hiring! In-House Journalist / Editorial Consultant

Red Setter is the firm that design agencies from London to New York, Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Sydney turn to when they want to grow their reputation and revenue. Based in central Brighton, our team of 21 PR specialists are the world’s leading experts in this market – and we’re looking to grow our team.

We have a clearly defined market – creative design agencies – and we know it well. We’re recognised in that industry as the people to go to if you want to raise awareness, change perceptions, and support revenue or talent growth.

Editorial expertise forms a core aspect of our services, and we have a top-tier team of former journalists working to develop and deliver stories that don’t just highlight our clients’ expertise, but contribute meaningfully to the global conversation around business, brand, and creativity.

We have a solid client base, a stable, talented and experienced team, and a strong reputation in our market - we are now expanding and looking to offer an opportunity for someone to expand their editorial skills into the world of PR, and contribute to the future of our agency.

About the role

We are looking to hire an in-house journalist – the job title will be Editorial Consultant - to take the lead on writing for a group of clients, and to play a pivotal role in our team.

Specific tasks will include: 1) Writing

From news releases and think-pieces to shorter, more tactical newsjacks and media commentary, a Red Setter writer’s remit is varied, exciting, and fast-paced.

We need someone who can combine an eye for a story and the skill to write, with the business acumen to make sure it delivers our campaign strategy.

You’ll work with clients and colleagues to shape the news, ideas and opinions our clients give us into editorial that will grab the attention and interest of senior business leaders.

2) Interviewing

Solid interview and people skills are a must, because you’ll have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our clients and help them articulate their thinking. You’ll be leading briefings with agency owners but also with their clients – industry leaders, founders, CMOs. Design impacts all areas of life and so do our clients, so you’ll be working at pace across a breadth of sectors from travel and tourism, to music and the arts, FMCG, fintech, property, business and so on.

You’ll ask the right questions, spot the interesting angles, and draw out the juiciest stories. Then you’ll do your desk research, adding credibility and colour through facts, supporting evidence and examples. From there, you’ll craft editorial that stands out and delivers.

3) Media engagement

You’ll play your role in pitching editorial to the media. You’ll use your understanding of what journalists want, together with your contacts, to help our clients appear in leading business, vertical, marketing and creative media.

Over time you will proactively build a network of journalists who will come to depend on you for the highest quality editorial.

4) Collaboration

You’ll be working closely with your colleagues to deliver to an established and growing client base, and with the agency’s leadership to develop and deliver campaign strategy.

We need someone to play an active part in the day-to-day life and long-term development of our agency. You’ll help people out if they need it, you’ll be generous with your expertise and contacts, and you’ll generally be a fun person to work with.

5) Client liaison

All of our clients are retained, so you’ll work closely over the long term with a set group of 6-8 clients. You’ll play a key role in calls and meetings, leading the presentation of editorial activity and developing future plans with them.

Over time you’ll develop strong relationships with those clients and become their trusted editorial consultant – the person who helps them say what they want to say better than they can say it themselves.

What we’re looking for

This position will suit someone who has experience of journalism, and is looking to broaden their career into a role that will use all their editorial expertise and add in fresh dimensions like ghost-writing, media pitching, PR strategy, client liaison, coaching and collaboration, and so on.

The right person for this job will need to deliver in four key areas:

1. You’ll need to be a brilliant writer – our clients demand nothing less. You’ll need to be able to understand and convey what our client wants to say, as well as how they want to say it, whilst also ensuring it’s right for the media outlet.

2. You’ll need to love pitching ideas to the media. We’ll help you with the ideas, and we’ll train and coach you on how to do this well, but you’ll need to be the sort of person who’ll get a buzz out of doing this. The two people currently in this role worked for a time as freelancers, doing this sort of pitching for paid commissions, and it’s likely the right person for this role will also have that in their CV.

3. You’ll need to be confident and insightful in meetings with clients. You’ll be presenting ideas and leading creative sessions. You’ll be taking briefings on news releases and think-pieces, and playing a role in review and strategy meetings with clients, so we need someone who can ask the incisive questions, provoke the interesting thoughts, and contribute broadly to relationships.

4. Finally, you’ll be working as a part of a team and as part of the broader company. Your team needs someone they enjoy working with, who brings fun and positivity to the working day, and someone they can rely on day in day out to deliver for them as much as they’ll deliver for you.

Further information

Red Setter is an exciting place to work and an officially certified Great Place to Work 2022. Our clients are some of the most brilliant, successful and ambitious design agencies in the world and they come to us for advice and assistance in growing their agencies to the next level. For the right person, being part of a team of experienced, committed, and talented experts who are making that happen is a real buzz.

It’s not easy. We’re demanding, and we expect high levels of performance, but we think we also give a lot in return.

We typically work 9am – 5pm five days a week, but we are open to flexible working and to this role being part-time.
The annual salary is from £40k dependent on experience.

From this starting point there is scope for progression and development. You will receive in-depth training and coaching from our Senior Editorial Consultants and Editorial Director, and will steadily grow your skills, confidence and ability to deliver for our clients. We aim for everyone at Red Setter to always feel confident in what they’re doing whilst also feeling challenged to push themselves forwards.

We love our bright, modern office in the heart of (sometimes) sunny Brighton, and our whole team works flexibly, agreeing the right mix of in-office and remote working for them. Three of the four people currently in this role are based elsewhere in the UK (Brixton, East London, and Oxfordshire).

Everyone has a monthly personal wellness and wellbeing budget which they can spend on the HEKA platform. We have a company pension scheme, a 25-day a year holiday allowance, and the day off on your birthday.

We have frequent social events – from after-work drinks on the beach to an annual overseas trip – Berlin in 2018, Madrid in October 2019, and Porto in 2022! - and there’s a fun, happy and friendly vibe in the office.

Email cover letter and CV and tell us why you want to work at Red Setter > alex.blyth@redsetteragency.com

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