• Commodities Editor

    Job Locations India-Gurgaon
  • Introduction

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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.


    Currently we are seeking a Commodities Editor who will be responsible for the production, development and quality of the EIU's product range covering commodities, in particular the 25 individual commodity reports that are published each month.


    How you will contribute:





    Managing contributors and editors 

    • Responsible for finding and commissioning suitable contributors for all commodity publications. Provide a detailed brief to contributors to ensure the comprehensiveness and relevance of their input and subsequently manage the delivery and integration of their input  
    • Provide meaningful and constructive feedback to contributors  

    Editing and writing 

    • Carry out a comprehensive first edit on contributor's input, checking accuracy, ensuring all the relevant information is presented in accordance with EIU style guide and product guidelines.  Write and/or re-write material where a contributor’s original copy is sub-standard or incomplete. 
    • Originate material not covered by contributors.  All reports are sense checked and then sub-edited and you must respond to the queries raised.  You are responsible for the integrity and objectivity of the analysis and interpretation of events and information.  It is essential that all sources are properly referenced in line with company policy and copyright laws.  Plagiarism of external sources is strictly prohibited.    


    Research and development

    • Conduct the degree of background research necessary to ensure the accuracy, currency and comprehensiveness of the EIU’s commodity coverage.  This may require conducting interviews with commodity experts and attending relevant seminars and conferences. 
    • Ensure that EIU’s commodity coverage is consistent and of high editorial quality.  Develop new ideas to enhance the quality of EIU’s commodity coverage.  

    Commodity analysis and forecasting

    • Interpret the developments within specific commodity markets.  Draw attention to the salient points and summarise the potential consequences in an objective and informative way  

    • Provide an opinion on behalf of the EIU which takes into account all the various known factors.  The argument should be clear, concise, internally consistent and well informed

    • Produce commodity forecasts making full use of all available information.  This will involve using Excel workbooks to monitor the key commodity indicators, building in the given global assumptions, and conducting econometric analysis, where appropriate, to improve our forecasting methodology 

    • Take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the data included in the commodity workbooks, and manage and develop the EIU’s commodity price indices

    Team work


    • Work closely with the regional teams to agree our commodity forecasts, especially the Middle East with regard to the oil price forecast.  Provide the Global Forecasting Director with regularly revised commodity forecasts as required to feed into our global assumptions
    • Cooperate with the Economics Unit to ensure that commodities are integrated into the work of the unit.  Attend the monthly Global Assumptions meetings to comment on recent commodities developments and to agree your input to the Global Outlook report.  You are also encouraged to contribute to other divisions within the Economist Group

    Customer contact and Custom Research work 

    • Respond to customer queries over the telephone and e-mail, providing explanation and clarification regarding EIU’s commodity coverage.  Represent the EIU at conferences and seminars. 
    • Be available to support the Custom Research teams, both at the proposal stage and the project delivery stage, when commodities projects present themselves.


    Media contact 

    • Work with EIU’s media agency, give interviews to media bodies such as television, radio or newspapers on behalf of the EIU
    • Contribute to EIU’s social media presence with through appropriate online channels 

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for this role are:

    • Relevant experience as an analyst covering economic or business issues
    • 2-3 years of experience of writing about commodities; good numerical and economic forecasting skills
    • Experience working with other analysts in a collaborative setting
    • Exceptionally well-organised; a self-starter who can meet strict monthly deadlines
    • A proven ability to convey ideas and opinions coherently and with authority


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