Shifts: 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 16:30
Rate: £17,062.50 during training rising to £19,000 on completion of traineeship + overtime
Contract: Permanent with 3-month probationary period
Deadline: 15:00 on Friday 24th November
Start date: Applicants should be available to start in the first half of January.
We are offering a fast-track route to an Account Manager role within our political monitoring team. This is a deadline-driven role that involves scanning and summarising the day’s political proceedings into well-written, easily understood reports. This is not an in-depth policy job; we run a production shift akin to a busy newsroom, gathering and scanning large volumes of text for relevance to our clients. For this reason, we’re looking for a candidate who is already well-versed in the day-to-day workings of Holyrood and its proceedings. The successful person will have an interest in public policy beyond academic study, experience of scanning/summarising and fast typing. The induction and training process will involve shadowing an existing staff member while training up on client interests and the different monitoring tasks that happen simultaneously across each shift. This post is subject to a three-month probationary period.
Duties will include:
Skills & Knowledge Required
The successful candidate will be:
We are Newsdirect, an independently-owned political intelligence company providing daily monitoring of political news and parliamentary proceedings. We specialise in reporting proceedings of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, but staff also monitor Westminster, the European institutions and the broader political arena. We work from offices on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and in Cardiff Bay, close to the devolved assemblies that we report on.
Our service is all about the intelligent scanning of the day’s news and political output. Though we’d love to spend the time analysing and pondering the nuances of a particular speech or policy announcement, that’s not our core service. We need to hit the ground running early in the morning (07:00), getting eyes onto the daily digest of news, questions, motions and speeches while being vigilant to the potential relevance for each of our clients. For this reason, text handling and fast typing is just as important as political knowledge and we’re looking for staff who like to work in an organised and collaborative way.
Our clients include large public agencies, influential trade bodies, well-known companies and campaigning charities. Our reputation is built on the talent and dedication of our research and reporting teams who work closely together to provide a seamless service. Staff training is of the utmost importance to us, with everyone participating in a structured development programme - from intern to senior account manager - with regular support sessions and weekly team meetings.
How to Apply
To apply, send a 2-page CV plus 1-page covering letter. Your covering letter should indicate the notice period from your current role or your availability to start. If you have previously undertaken internships, please indicate if these were full-time or part-time and paid or unpaid. Your application should be emailed to email@example.com by 15:00 on Friday 24th November. You will be asked to fill out an optional, confidential and anonymous equal opportunities survey on submission of your application.
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