Full Time Job

Commissioning Editor


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 01-20-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

The Job

The Commissioning Editor (Middle East) of Content Creation is a vital leadership role at CNN. This Abu Dhabi-based position will manage a multi-platform production of sponsored content across the MENA region.

The Daily

The Commissioning Editor (Middle East) works closely with their colleagues in digital and TV programming to oversee editorial sponsorships' production and logistics. Working with the Head of Concept Development, you will be involved in the conception and delivery of new projects, and collaborate with section editors (Style, Travel, Business, Sport, Climate, Tech, etc.) and CNN's on-air talent to ensure that the content produced meets those sections' specialist standards, whilst contributing to CNN's broader audience growth targets.

Reporting into the Head of Content Creation, based in the UK, you will also be an active member of the CNN Abu Dhabi leadership team under the regional Managing Editor. Where required, you will contribute to news coverage with ideas and resources and support the region's operational objectives.

The Commissioning Editor will work with other regional editors to ensure the Content Creation team – including Senior Producers, Producers, Writers, Copy Editors, Social Producers, and Designers – produce premium editorial content that meets KPIs. In this leadership position, the Commissioning Editor will manage a team of content creators by setting goals, assigning projects, and providing editorial guidance. They will also manage production budgets, tracking throughout the campaign's lifespan to make sure projects are delivered to target.

As a manager with multiple direct reports, the Commissioning editor will also be responsible for managing their team's professional development, focusing on skills training, mentoring and career trajectory.

The Commissioning Editor will be ultimately responsible for bringing teams together to deliver on set KPIs for each project, managing the execution at a strategic level, coordinating the day-to-day administration, and continually monitoring the performance with CNN's Content Insights team.

The Commissioning Editor must also have a solid editorial background to help guide and support each project's editorial vision, acting as the direct liaison between senior network executives, OFCOM compliance, and S&P network guidelines. Alongside Commissioning Editors, they will also be required to fill in for the Head of Content Creation when applicable.

The Essentials
• Solid experience working in an editorial leadership role in, or covering, the Middle East, with good contacts in the area.
• Strong TV production or digital experience, with demonstrable experience commissioning news, business, travel, style, or sports content.
• Previous experience project managing an extensive content portfolio.
• A proven track record of collaboration within a big international news organization.
• Regional knowledge of some key audience growth areas including Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
• Good understanding of editorial, technical, and logistical practices of international newsgathering and programme crafting, including journalistic standards and practices.
• Solid international current affairs knowledge.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Experience managing and mentoring a team.

The Nice to Haves
• BA in journalism or related or applicable field of study.
• Knowledge of foreign languages desirable.

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