Editorial Content Manager - Tenders Global

Editorial Content Manager



Job Description

Editorial Content Manager

Contract: 12 Months Fixed Term Contract. Maternity Cover

Salary: 41,196 – 43,256 with excellent benefits

Location: London, UK

Hybrid Working: A minimum of 40% of working time is spent face to face, either in London office, or as a result of external engagement or travel for WaterAid. WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

About WaterAid:
Want to use your incredible wordsmith skills to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.

Join WaterAid as Editorial Content Manager to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work award-winning organisation.

About the Team:
The WaterAid Brand team works in partnership with colleagues in the UK and offices around the world providing advice and expertise on multiple campaigns with national and global reach. The team builds our brand personality and positioning, develops and protects our brand identity and crucially, drives greater awareness of WaterAid and the work we do.

The Brand Team consists of three roles and sits within the newly formed Brand and Strategic Communications Team – which is part of the Communications & Fundraising Directorate.

About the Role:
As our Editorial Content Manager, you will inspire and support teams across WaterAid to be bolder and more ambitious than ever before when writing and developing content.

Impactful communications are a vital tool in influencing change. In this role you will lead the development of on-brand, strategic content that makes our vision of a world where everyone has safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene a reality.

You will be a specialist in developing narratives that have an impact. Writing engaging content that puts the people we work with at the heart of what we do, and influences audiences to act.

You’ll also:

  • Lead the development of core scripts, narratives and messaging frameworks for agreed WaterAid global priorities.
  • Support the Senior Brand Manager on the upcoming brand refresh – with a specific focus on language and our verbal identity, using insights to improve future audience engagement and impact.
  • Advise on the creation of effective, engaging storytelling for a global audience, leading to change that has impact.
  • Act as a senior stakeholder, setting the benchmark for high-quality editorial standards, including driving progressive language and good writing.
  • Manage and train our suppliers list of writers and editors to ensure outstanding, on brand content.

About you:

  • A passion for language – able to use your skill with words to connect with audiences.
  • Outstanding editorial skills – inspiring and guiding colleagues to be the best writers they can be.
  • Experience of writing compelling messaging for a variety of audiences and objectives.
  • Creative storytelling skills – able to weave engaging narratives.
  • Experience of working proactively with other teams to share and embed good practice and high-quality writing skills that strengthen the brand.
  • Excellent networking skills, able to influence key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience of using audience insight and impact measurement to guide content creation.
  • Proven experience of managing projects, suppliers (including printers, designers and translators) and budgets.
  • Ability to generate, develop and critique creative work effectively, with a good eye for design and photography.
  • Proficiency in another language preferably French or Portuguese.
  • Experience of delivering communications work in Africa, Asia and/or Pacific country contexts.
  • Knowledge of the development sector.

Closing date: Applications will close at 23:59 on 14th December 2023. Availability for interview is required for the week commencing 18th December 2023.

How to Apply: To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’. Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Pre-employment screening: In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. All our vacancies require a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to comply with our Safer Recruitment policy.

Our Benefits:

  • * 36 days’ holiday (including 8 Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

Our Commitment

Our People Promise:

We will work with passion and focus to ensure safe and sustainable water, toilets and hygiene are available to everyone, everywhere. WaterAid is a place of purpose – where people have a real commitment and shared responsibility for the impact we have. We are a global community with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, motivated by inspiring, stimulating work. We are determined to put the wellbeing of our people first, to be a place where people feel safe and able to contribute their voice and truly live our values.

Equal opportunities:

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.

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