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Editor, Commerce and Regulation

Editor, Commerce and Regulation

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As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that impact the marketplace for over two hundred countries.


The editor will commission annual reports on country-specific commercial regulations for the Country Commerce product, and will help deliver manuscripts for production to deadline and within agreed budgets.


The editor will also monitor international regulatory and risk developments in order to help develop future data-driven services on the subject of business regulations. About 40% of this job involves correspondent management with the remainder being mainly editing with occasional product development work. 


The editor will report to the Managing Editor of the Country Commerce product.


In the role you would be expected to:

  • Develop and maintain a network of proficient correspondents who will write reports to deadline, budget and expected editorial standards.
  • Edit the first draft of commissioned Country Commerce reports, ensuring accuracy and alignment with EIU forecasts and Economist brand values, while adhering to the highest editorial standards.
  • Act as the contact point between Managing Editor and correspondents, handling queries to the author and seeing that they are turned around quickly during final edit.
  • Second edit work of team members, including the Managing Editor.
  • Assist Managing Editor as needed with product development initiatives, including enhancements to Country Commerce product or the development of additional regulatory intelligence services.
  • Deal with client queries, responding directly or forwarding to relevant parties as advised by the Managing Editor.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A Bachelor degree in Arts or a Masters degree in Arts with specialisation in the areas of political economy, political science, law or journalism-related field being advantage. 
  • Professional work experience in research, writing and/or editing on international economics/commerce or related field.
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Strong understanding of international commerce and economic policymaking; good familiarity with business concepts.
  • Proficience in MS Word, Excel, Adobe Reader


You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Sharp eye for detail.
  • Ability to manage projects with ease, and smooth coordination with colleagues across different time zones.
  • Passion for international affairs and enthusiasm for working in a cosmopolitan environment.