Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Digital Editor - Arabic Language

Competitive salary, DoE
19 Sep 2016
19 Oct 2016
Digital Editor (Arabic)
Job Type
Full Time

ITP Consumer Publishing is looking for an ambitious and talented Arabic language Digital Editor to drive, manage and lead the online and social media presentation of the key and secondary Harper’s Bazaar brands (five in total) plus Best Dressed special edition, across web for desktop and mobile platforms, also working in collaboration with Marketing and Editorial and reporting to the Publishing Director.

Key responsibilities:

  • To work closely with the teams across the entire Bazaar brand portfolio, which includes, but is not limited to, ART, Interiors, Junior, Bride, Qatar, The Arabic Edition and Best Dressed, as well as events and marketing, to ensure that each is being presented to its full digital potential, and leading them into thinking about digital representation at every editorial, marketing and commercial opportunity.
  • To manage the workload and upload process of the Arabic language version of HarpersBazaarArabia.com on a daily basis, and the relevant social media platforms. Help source and manage freelance media specialists for key digital projects.
  • To sub and edit translated content from the English language site for the Arabic language site.
  • Must have experience in Arabic language and be able to create and write bespoke regional content in Arabic.
  • Source and manage influential contributors and columnists from the surrounding area.
  • Confidence to take the initiative and work with a small team and be prepared to work long hours to reach tight editorial and commercial deadlines when needed.
  • A working knowledge of basic content management systems (CMS) such as Wordpress and/or Drupal is essential. A fair knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is preferable.
  • To respect the editorial integrity and international guidelines of the brands when producing online content.
  • To understand and work within the commercial realities of publishing in the Middle East and the pressures of the current climate.
  • To work closely with Hearst Media International HQ in NYC, as well as working in line with their international brand guidelines, and managing necessary approvals on local content from international Hearst offices, e.g. cover stories for web.

Additional skills required:

  • Creative flair that continually produces engaging stories for users / readers
  • Structured, scheduled content management
  • Brand and product development to support digital projects
  • Ability to work well under pressure and maintain high attention to detail
  • Sensitivity to the specific requirements and cultural considerations presented by this region
  • A very good understanding of media and the media market place, but not defined by it, and most definitely able to think outside its traditional parameters
  • The understanding that to survive in the current market, Harper’s Bazaar is to be perceived as a brand supported by various products and platforms rather than simply a magazine supported by website

Desired profile:

The type of candidate who will be successful in this role is someone who understands media as a whole, but is specifically experienced in digital launches and must have a minimum of two years' experience at Digital Editor level on a product, title or brand focussed on women’s luxury lifestyle or fashion. Crucially, they must be flexible and have a can-do, positive attitude which shows they are respectful, responsible and dedicated, and by default demonstrate passion, brand understanding and leadership.

We are looking for someone who is dynamic, proactive, and tenacious and likes to work in a multicultural environment. The individual needs to be accountable, socially smart, savvy and inquisitive, and extremely organised, using their own initiative and communication skills – and work well within a small, talented team.

Additional information:

Reporting to the Digital Content Director, the Arabic language Digital Editor will manage a daily upload system that encompasses marketing collateral (newsletters, events and commercial competitions) plus any freelance image/video support required for specific projects or busy periods.

Candidates should appreciate that the role is office based, located within ITP Head Office in Dubai Media City, however travel on key projects may be required. Official hours are 9:00am – 6:00pm however out of hours work is expected on occasion, making up for quieter periods.  We offer a competitive salary and an opportunity to work on one of the region’s most dynamic brands.  The final package will be determined based on level experience.

Please apply by completing the application form below by 19 October with your CV and cover letter outlining why you are the ideal candidate for the role.

Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.