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Network N Media is hiring - The Loadout needs a new editor

Wargamer's delightful sibling The Loadout is the world's best news site for console gaming and esports - and you could become its next editor.

Network N Media jobs 2023 - The Loadout editor job applications - official The Loadout coronet logo on lime green

Calling all experienced writers and editors with a penchant for console gaming, esports, and all things AAA videogames: Wargamer’s parent company Network N Media has an opportunity up for grabs that might well be your all-time dream job. Our joypad junkie sister website The Loadout needs a high-flying new editor to lead it, and applications for the role are now open!

The Loadout is Network N Media’s home for console and competitive gaming. Experts in their field, the team strive to produce news, guides, reviews, and features that’ll keep the gaming public at the bleeding edge of their chosen titles, up to date with their favourite streamers, and more.

The right person for the job will be “an experienced editor and manager” who’s “looking to take on a fresh challenge”. They’ll be managing an in-house writing team and an external freelance budget, as well as taking responsibility for the site’s strategy, growth, and making sure every single article is top quality.

Importantly, also: while the role can be fully remote, you must live in the United Kingdom (and have the right to work here) to apply.

Sound like something perfect for you? Then click here to apply – the closing date for applications is Tuesday, October 31.

Alternatively, for more detail about the role, and working alongside the fine folks at Wargamer in the world’s best entertainment media company, read on!

Editor – The Loadout

  • Role: Editor, The Loadout
  • Location: Fully remote (within UK only) or Hybrid
  • Closing Date: 31st October 2023 (We reserve the right to close this advert early if sufficient number of applications have been received)
  • Type: Full-time, Permanent
  • Salary: Circa £42k

The Role

We’re looking for an experienced editor and manager to spearhead The Loadout, an exciting Network N Media brand focused on console gaming. You’ll get to manage and develop our talented team of in-house writers; expand and manage our existing pool of freelance writers; ensure all published content is of the highest quality; develop and execute editorial strategies to grow the site; commission work using a freelance budget; and ensure that The Loadout is the preferred destination for console gaming fans.

You’ll coordinate your team across major releases and events, provide regular Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and content feedback, represent The Loadout at external events, plan and manage content pyramids, build and maintain key relationships with PRs, manufacturers, developers and publishers, and experiment with new content strategies to drive authority of the site and tap into important audiences.

You’ll get to work for one of the fastest growing media businesses in the UK and US, in the ever evolving and exciting world of gaming, technology and geek culture. We have huge ambitions for The Loadout, and we’re looking for someone who is keen to take ownership of the role and spearhead the brand’s growth in a fast-paced and competitive market.

This is the perfect role for an experienced editor who’s looking to take on a fresh challenge.

You will be responsible for:

  • Planning and overseeing all published content, ensuring high quality levels and adherence to brand values and guidelines
  • Writing evergreen content, including buyers guides, and reviews
  • Writing news to drive authority of site and maximise Google News and Discover opportunities
  • Developing, executing, and optimising editorial strategies to grow the monthly userbase and pageviews of the website
  • Working with Group Editor and senior leadership team to create and implement strategies to improve the output and reach of published content
  • Planning and managing content pyramids around key evergreen and ecommerce content, and working with the ecommerce team to achieve this
  • Managing The Loadout staff writers, ensuring that they are performing their roles as best as possible and remain happy and motivated
  • Ensuring team members are trained and kept up to date on SEO best practices and internal process changes
  • Leading weekly 1:1s and team meetings
  • Growing and managing a pool of trusted freelancers
  • Commissioning work, managing a freelance budget, and ensuring invoices are submitted on time and according to company processes
  • Improving the standing of The Loadout in the eyes of both its audience and the industry, through quality content, networking, and outreach
  • Building and maintaining relationships with PRs, manufacturers, developers, and publishers
  • Representing The Loadout and Network N Media at industry events
  • Using the company’s workflow tools correctly and effectively, including Asana, GSuite, etc.
  • Other as requested by the Group Editor or senior leadership team

Person specification (skills, knowledge, and behaviours): ​

  • Some experience in management positions, preferably at established online gaming or tech brands
  • Ability to write quickly, accurately, and entertainingly to task, preferably with experience writing for a tech or gaming-focused publication
  • Knowledge of the gaming industry and a passion for consoles and console gaming (especially PlayStation and Xbox titles)
  • Ability to identify and capitalise on emerging trends
  • Experience of optimising content for discoverability best practises, across both organic search rankings and Google News
  • A keen eye for detail and the ability to quickly check and audit best practice across all content
  • Committed to following company processes, and using the company’s workflow tools and resources correctly and effectively, including Asana, GSuite, LinkedIn Learning etc
  • A track record of having grown an online audience
  • Previous experience managing a team or freelancers
  • Inclusive leadership style
  • Established contacts book across the gaming industries
  • A proactive work ethic, with a drive to succeed and hit shared targets
  • Clear ambition and a desire to continually raise the bar
  • Meets requirements of MGT 3 on our progression framework

If it sounds like you are the right fit, please apply with a covering letter and a CV. Your cover letter must include samples or links to previous work which demonstrate your writing style.

Please also note that this role is based either hybrid (minimum expectation of 2 days per week in Bath head office) or can be remote within the UK, with regular visits to the office as required.

Working for Network N Media

We’re a fun and friendly company offering an informal working environment with offices in central Bath. We are always growing, work fast but accurately, have an international reach, and are nerdy as hell! We are committed to being an inclusive workplace and have various groups and events to hear underrepresented voices including Women, Neurodiversity, Diversity and Pride.

Our people make our success, so it is only fair we give plenty in return, including:

  • ​28 days holiday, plus bank holidays
  • ​Celebration Leave – A day off to celebrate your birthday, or another special annual event that’s personal to you
  • Private medical plan through Vitality with enhanced mental health provision
  • Auto-enrolment pension
  • ​Employee Assistance Programme
  • ​Techscheme
  • ​Cyclescheme
  • ​Employee social events, including Christmas & summer parties
  • Discounted gift card scheme

About us
Network N Media is one of the fastest growing media businesses in the UK and US, and owns several world-class brands including PCGamesN, The Loadout, Pocket Tactics, Wargamer, PCGameBenchmark, and The Digital Fix. We’re an ambitious and friendly company that celebrates passion, expertise, and nerdiness.

We wish you luck with your application, and look forward to welcoming a new member to the Network N Media crew!