4 July 2022

Vacancy: Associate Editor 

Are you passionate about marketing and advertising? Are you a brilliant writer looking for a new challenge?

We’re on the hunt for someone to join the Editorial team at Contagious in London as Associate Editor. This person would be pitching, writing and editing long-form content for Contagious Magazine and Contagious Online platform. 

Our ideal candidate would have a proven interest in marketing, advertising and business. They would be able to explain complex ideas from marketing theory to new technologies to behavioural economics in a clear and engaging manner. They will have a sharp mind, be proactive and be brimming with ideas. 

The position will involve spending time delving deep into brands, marketing trends and new technologies. You’ll have the opportunity to interview experts at the top of their fields and talk to some of the most important and smartest people in marketing and advertising. You’ll be part of a bustling Editorial team and as such will be expected to take part in regular pitch meetings and contribute ideas about the concepts, companies and ideas we should be featuring. 

This role would suit someone eager to take the next step in their career and who has at least five years relevant experience, for example writing about business, marketing, technology and / or creativity for a research or trends company. 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is a brilliant communicator: in person and in writing
  • Is fascinated by marketing, advertising and business
  • Is intellectually curious and always eager to learn more
  • Has a proactive, can-do attitude and would enjoy being part of a collaborative, dynamic and hard-working team

Role Purpose

To write articles for Contagious Online and Contagious Magazine, broadly on the topic of what is changing in marketing and why. To edit articles, and fill in for the Editor / Deputy Editor where required.

Output can include:

  • analytical coverage of marketing campaigns
  • interviews with the people who developed the strategies behind those campaigns
  • trends impacting marketing
  • brand spotlight features on the most successful brands in the world
  • opinion-led pieces
  • features on a specific area, such as artificial intelligence
  • interviews with academics or experts on topics relevant to our readers
  • profiles of startups
  • summaries of academic papers or studies related to marketing
  • posts for the Contagious company website

Key Performance Indicators:

  1. Produce copy that is factually accurate, well written and well researched.
  2. Generate article ideas that the Editor agrees should be written
  3. Keep abreast of the shifts in our fields of interest and demonstrate that knowledge
  4. Lead meetings in the absence of an editor
  5. Write trend pieces, features and opinion pieces, and come up with angles for these independently.
  6. Meet deadlines and keep to within 10% of wordcounts
  7. Edit Contagious Online campaign articles to ensure they are factually correct and well-written, ensuring that the Contagious Insight section meets the Contagious standard.
  8. Edit long-form articles to ensure they are accurate and well-written.


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of advertising, technology and business
  • Genuine interest and curiosity around the above areas and beyond
  • Proven writing and editing experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to absorb and retain information easily
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

Why join Contagious: 

  • Get exposed to the best work in the industry

  • Connect with the brightest minds in the industry: you’ll have the opportunity to interview and meet top CMOs and agency leaders

  • Get a platform to express your ideas in writing and on stage

  • Get the opportunity to develop expertise on trends / brands / hot topics within the industry

  • Benefit from a dynamic culture that values hard work and respects work/life balance

  • Competitive basic salary in line with experience, plus bi-annual bonus scheme and multiple benefits

  • Flexible approach to workplace and working hours, with use of a beautiful new office space in the heart of Borough Market

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why this is the job for you to [email protected] by 11.45pm on 1 August. Successful applicants may be invited for interview before the deadline. 

For a flavour of what it’s like to work at Contagious check out the video below!

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