Trainee Deputy Editor of Bridge design & engineering

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

Are you a structural or civil engineer who’s looking for a change of career? Do you have what it takes to help produce the world’s leading publication for the global bridge industry?

Bd&e is looking for a structural or civil engineering graduate with a passion for bridges, who is keen to make the move into technical journalism.

This is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right candidate to work in this dynamic sector.

As well as learning new skills, you will get the chance to visit international bridge engineering projects, meet some of the world’s leading bridge engineers, and attend international conferences to learn about the state of the art in this exciting profession.

As Trainee Deputy Editor, you will assist in ensuring the timely production of Bridge design & engineering and associated digital media. You will ensure that we continue to engage our readers with high quality content and enable the publication to compete commercially in its market in a sustainable manner. You will help maintain the status of the publication and our conferences as market leaders.

As Trainee Deputy Editor, you will:

• Build and maintain a network of contacts in the international bridge industry

• Carry out interviews by email, telephone and face-to-face visits

• Write articles for Bd&e and associated products

• Assist in providing the graphic designer with page-ready text and images for page layout

• On page editing using Indesign software (training will be provided as necessary)

• Compile and send out Bd&e e-newsletter

• Deputise for Bd&e when required by the editor

• Commission written material as required

• Source and obtain appropriate graphic material for illustrative purposes

• Contribute to development of digital and other brand-related products

• Maintain website content and social media presence as regularly as possible

• Assist in securing speakers for conferences

• Visit conferences and exhibitions to engage with readers and existing/potential advertising clients, both in the UK and overseas

• Undertake organisational conference duties as and when required e.g. session chairing

• Liaise with advertising clients, media partners and internal departments

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate solid writing skills and the ability to proofread to a high and consistent standard. You must have a degree in a structural/civil engineering or demonstrable experience in this sector. You will have excellent time-management skills and a keen interest in journalism. Experience in Indesign and PageSuite is desirable but not essential. Some overseas travel will be required.

You must have a strong eye for detail and an excellent grasp of grammar and the English language; you will need an unerring ability to meet deadlines, and thrive on impeccable time management. Vital to the role is not just an understanding of structural engineering concepts, but the ability to share them with readers in a clear, engaging manner. You will have excellent workload prioritisation skills, and be a confident communicator whether you are talking to site engineers, high-profile bridge designers, academics, or chief executive officers of major contractors.

Working in a small team with a can-do attitude, the trainee deputy editor will provide support in all activities relating to the production of the magazine and online content, from keeping abreast of all bridge-related news, and researching and writing articles, to visiting construction sites around the world and representing the magazine at events.

Bd&e is published by Hemming Group, a highly-respected media owner in the B2B arena. From exhibitions, conferences and awards to magazines, directories, data and digital publishing, we strive to find innovative ways to connect businesses and professionals while providing insightful news, analysis and comment.

We have an excellent benefits package, including up to 32 holiday days in your first year of employment, company pension, season ticket loan and private health care.

Starting salary range circa £24,000-26,000 per annum, depending on experience, reviewed after one year.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a covering letter, two examples of your writing, and two feature ideas that you think would appeal to our international bridge engineering audience to Sarah Waller (

Closing date: Friday 25 January 2019.

Interviews will be held in London

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