Deputy Features Editor

Join our team at the Guardian and be a part of a diverse and inclusive global organisation that delivers fearless, investigative journalism, and holds power to account. Our team of award-winning journalists, cutting-edge commercial professionals, and industry-leading digital experts are committed to making a difference and represent a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We offer a challenging and exciting environment for career development, with a focus on training, growth and fostering an inclusive culture.

We are now looking for a Deputy Features Editor to support the executive editor for features in taking editorial responsibility for features both in G2 and digitally, and deputising for them.

You'll commission and edit a full range of features, including deeply-researched investigations, such as our Empty Doorway and Lost to the Virus series; and agenda-setting interviews with everyone from actors to sports people to intellectuals to politicians, and those who simply have extraordinary stories, such as the subjects of our How we survive series.

You will also edit hard-hitting, news-pegged features; original and inspiring lifestyle pieces; columns by regulars including Zoe Williams, Arwa Mahdawi, Emma Beddington and Adrian Chiles; and our widely- and deeply-read ongoing series, which include A new start after 60, How we met, A moment that changed me and The pet I'll never forget. You will work on one-off special projects too, such as our recent Britain behaving badly, and innovative digital features that explore what can be achieved using data, visuals and immersive approaches.

About the Role

  • Oversee features from idea to publication
  • Originate innovative and original feature, opinion, interactive and multimedia ideas online and in print
  • Think strategically and innovatively about how we approach features digitally and in print
  • Commission staff and freelancers
  • Establish good working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Deputise for the executive editor for features in their absence
  • Edit copy to a high standard
  • Show a deep understanding of what makes for good furniture, and how best to promote our features

About You

  • Demonstrable experience working in a senior subediting or editor role
  • Proven-track record of editing and commissioning
  • Clear vision of the purpose and aims of Guardian features
  • An eclectic range of interests and ideas
  • Experience/understanding of editing for web
  • Knowledge and appreciation of Guardian style
  • Ideally, you'll have a demonstrable ability to bring a diverse perspective to this role

We actively encourage applications from candidates who are BAME or from other groups traditionally underrepresented in the UK media.

How to Apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you'd love to take on this role, and why you're a great match for what we're looking for.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 10th August 2023.

All roles at the Guardian are open for everybody to apply. It is important to us that you feel supported and comfortable throughout your recruitment process, in order to perform your best. Please let us know if there are any changes we could make to the recruitment process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Please contact Sean Brinkley at to discuss further so we can work with you to support you through your application.

Benefits at the Guardian

Culture & Wellbeing

We want everyone to feel like they belong at the Guardian and we champion diversity of thought. Our various employee forums provide a platform to use their voice to foster an inclusive workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to hear unique insight from our journalists in our morning conference, a live discussion on the news story of the day.

We offer great tools to help you prioritise your wellbeing including free yoga and pilates. These run alongside our corporate gym membership and cycle to work scheme.

Learning & Development

We encourage personal and professional growth. Employees have access to a broad range of tools and solutions, and we are happy to support the pursuit of professional qualifications through vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Our Working Environment

We take pride in our surroundings and are pleased to offer versatile meeting rooms and colourful communal areas. We have a brilliant canteen that caters to breakfast, lunch and dinner, with views overlooking Regent's Canal. Our multi-faith prayer room provides privacy for those who require a safe space when in the office.

Additional Benefits & Policies

We offer 30 days annual leave per annum, plus an additional 5 day holiday purchase scheme. Our pension scheme is generous; if you contribute 5% then we will contribute 8-12% (depending on your age). We believe in giving back, which is why employees are given 2 volunteering days annually and the option of payroll giving. Season ticket loans are also available.

You are entitled to life cover, income protection, healthcare, sick pay and eye tests. You can also opt in to dental insurance.

We have enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies in place. We also support our employees by offering an IVF, menopause, baby loss, and trans equality policy.