Deputy editor

Are you an experienced news writer, sub-editor or assistant editor on a magazine or newspaper? Are you looking for your next challenge writing, editing and being a key influencer for a B2B publications company and conference organiser in the automotive aftermarket sector?

Working closely with the editor of Bodyshop magazine – the leading independent magazine for the collision repair industry – you will provide leadership for our small team of journalists and designers, helping us to deliver original news stories, in-depth features and analysis, and engaging interviews. You must have exceptional writing and subbing skills, plus up-to-date knowledge of optimising content for the web and social media. This is a great opportunity for a hands-on candidate who is keen to take on more responsibility.

Job duties:

  • Supporting the editor in running news operations, sourcing exclusives, managing the features calendar, and helping to set the agenda for our coverage.
  • Sourcing and writing unique news content for print and online.
  • Researching and writing features and analysis.
  • Posting on our social media channels as required.
  • Working closely with a small team of designers.
  • Setting and maintaining the style sheet.
  • Contacting key figures within the automotive aftermarket, including bodyshops, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, insurers and PR agencies.
  • Attending and reporting on UK-wide industry events and conferences (some international travel will also be required).
  • Deputising for the editor when absent and acting as a spokesperson for the brand when required.

 Person specification:

  • Minimum of five years working with senior responsibility on a B2B or consumer publication.
  • Proven track record of researching and writing engaging content.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple deadlines.
  • Commercially aware and able to work closely with sales and marketing colleagues.
  • Excellent communication skills and good networking capabilities.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent subbing skills.
  • Experience in the automotive sector would be preferred but is not essential.

If the above matches your interests and experience, please email your CV together with your current and expected salary to [email protected].

Due to the anticipated volume of applications we may not be able to respond to each person individually. Should you be shortlisted for this position, a member of the Plenham team will be in touch.

  • Recruiter: Plenham Limited (Bodyshop magazine)
  • Location: Tring, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Dependant on experience
  • Job type: Permanent, full-time (office based or partial remote working)

About Plenham Limited

Founded in 1987, Plenham is the publisher of the aftermarket collision repair industry’s leading B2B magazine, Bodyshop, and The Assessor. Through its international conference division – the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS Worldwide) – Plenham delivers world-class global conferences and forums with live events staged annually in Europe, USA, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Bodyshop magazine is mailed direct to a closely monitored ABC-audited circulation of industry leaders and decision makers. The company’s digital offerings include and