The Economist

Programme Editor

We are seeking a programme editor for The Economist's custom events business to lead the development and delivery of bespoke events across the Americas.

We are seeking a programme editor for The Economist's custom events business to lead the development and delivery of bespoke events across the Americas. We are particularly interested in experience developing programmes for tech and innovation events.

Reporting into the head of programming for the Americas, the role will be based in London and responsible for developing original event programmes and ensuring the high-quality delivery of client-focused content.



  • Lead programme development for assigned digital events and in-person conferences. Research event themes; develop speaker lists and manage speaker invitation campaigns; brief speakers and moderators prior to events; and, manage on-site delivery of events and any post-event deliverables
  • Work with The Economist’s editorial team to ensure that programme themes and topics meet the high-quality standards of the brand
  • Establish and develop high-level contacts and relationships with governments and influential industry bodies and players in key markets in the region and around the world
  • Act as a mentor to junior team members to provide ideas, guidance and support as needed
  • Ensure that assigned projects are hitting milestones and are delivered to deadline and on budget

Cross-functional support:

  • Working with sales: develop thought starters and proposals for event proposals. Manage sponsor relationships on events and projects throughout the year as it relates to your projects programming and content
  • Working with marketing: complete marketing brief at outset of project. Conduct market research into key themes and competitive events
  • Work with operations: manage speaker co-ordination and logistical arrangements

Experience, skills and professional attributes

  • Experience working on tech and innovation-related events
  • Significant experience in event programme creation, editorial or a related field
  • Strong primary and secondary research skills which translate into ability to deliver compelling event programmes
  • Exceptional organisation and time-management skills
  • Proven experience managing content creators, with the ability to mentor, nurture and develop young talent  
  • Strong commercial acumen and confident client management skills
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects successfully and meet deadlines

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, gender identity, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation , age or marital status.