SEO Editor

The Times and The Sunday Times are looking for an SEO editor who will lead our SEO team to grow our readership and drive subscriptions.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the SEO team for The Times and The Sunday Times as well as heading up initiatives to maximise search traffic.

You will work alongside editorial, product, tech and data to report on performance and implement our strategy to optimise our website and journalism.

Based in a fast-paced newsroom, you will share actionable insights and make recommendations on what stories we cover and how.

This will involve communicating trends, giving feedback, writing headlines and making sure that high-quality internal links improve the reading experience.

As well as acting as an authority in SEO best practice, you will be responsible for leading a training programme for reporters, editors and sub-editors and for managing the SEO team and department budgets.

Please apply with your CV and covering letter as a single combined document by May 27.

Key skills

  • Expert knowledge of news SEO
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Strong SEO editing and digital headline writing skills
  • Experience working with Google Analytics, Search Console and similar tools
  • Able to manage, motivate and develop a team
  • Experience managing a department budget

This job is for you if

  • You have a sharp news sense and an audience-first mindset
  • You can explain trends and patterns in data clearly and concisely
  • You enjoy working collaboratively across departments to get things done
  • You have a proven track record of growing search traffic
  • You’re up to date with the latest SEO and media trends
  • You have experience managing a department

To apply you must have the right to work in the UK

We are News UK: One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland. Our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, TalkTV and Virgin Radio UK, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning print and pixel, audio and video, events and experiences, our multiplatform brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.

Life at News

Driven by passion, guided by principles and acting with purpose. We represent, reflect and reach the nation, telling the stories that matter. We inform our audiences so that they can make decisions based on trusted information.
To do this, we believe our employees must represent different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy, which focuses on three main priorities – attracting talent from a wider, more representative pool, developing equity programmes to drive better representation in our leadership, and ensuring diversity and inclusivity in our workforce as well as the journalism and content we produce. We also currently have 12 employee led networks and groups that support our strategy and connect like minded employees socially.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access
  • Private medical insurance including coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Discounted gym memberships, free ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual yoga classes
  • ‘Bikes for Work’ and ‘Electric Car’ scheme
  • Up to 60% discount on Harper Collins books
  • Access to exclusive events and competitions with exciting brands such as talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK & The
  • Times. Weekly virtual panel chats with top journalists and celebrities
  • Access to wellbeing benefits such as EAP, physio/massage and counselling
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%
  • 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and up to 4 volunteering days per year

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