Working for the NCTJ

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation's values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and is an Investor in People.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

Vacancy: examinations controller

This is a unique opportunity for a bright, talented experienced administrator to develop a career at the UK media industry’s journalism training charity and awarding organisation.

We are passionate about high standards of journalism and the importance of best practice. This could be your chance to help us ensure our qualifications are administered to the highest professional standards. It is an exciting time to be joining the NCTJ as we broaden our customer base and deliver our assessments online.

In return for your commitment and hard work, we provide a competitive salary and benefits, a great working environment and we will help you to develop your skills and experience.

Find out more below, and click here to view full job information.

Job responsibilities

  1. Organising exam centres
  2. Exam controller administration
  3. Exam papers and documentation
  4. E-logbooks and e-portfolios
  5. Organising marking and moderation
  6. Issuing results and certificates
  7. Producing reports
  8. Setting exam dates/schedules
  9. General administration and communications

Skills and experience

  • Sound administration and organisational experience
  • Able to demonstrate experience of multi-tasking
  • Effective working quickly under pressure and in managing heavy personal workloads
  • Excellent use of English and writing skills
  • Able to plan, prioritise and meet daily deadlines
  • Able to work on own initiative and effectively with team members
  • Confident, professional telephone manner
  • Typing and data-entry skills, computer literate and confident in use of word, spreadsheets, databases and emails
  • Customer focused and results-driven
  • Good interpersonal skills – confident, open, approachable, facilitative and persuasive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Accurate, efficient, consistent
  • Friendly with a sense of humour

Remuneration and benefits

For this post the NCTJ offers a competitive salary depending on experience and further training and career development opportunities.

This is full-time (35 hours per week) permanent contract.

Other benefits include 25 days of paid holiday per annum, bonus scheme, free life cover and a matched pension contribution of five per cent of salary.

Working environment

The NCTJ has a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture. All our team members are committed to achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. We are flexible and adaptable to change.

Reporting to the head of quality and assessment, the successful candidate will work closely with the other members of the exams team and will liaise with our centres, candidates and employers.

The role is based at the NCTJ’s offices in Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex.

Application process

Your full curriculum vitae and covering letter, detailing why you would like to be considered for the position and stating your current salary, should be addressed to Rachel Manby, head of quality and assessment.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] by the closing date of 12 August 2019.


The NCTJ is looking to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our team of essential journalism examiners.

If you are interested in helping to ensure journalism training standards are maintained in line with current industry requirements and can give us a commitment to provide a worthwhile service to young trainees, then we would like to hear from you.

Examiners are provided guidance and training and there is a comprehensive support network throughout our marking teams. Led by chief examiners, you will mark sample scripts and be given a mentor to guide you through the marking process.

Liaising with our senior exams controller, scripts will be allocated to you with a completion deadline. Moderators ensure consistency of standards across all markers and will provide you with constructive feedback each time you mark.

Fees are paid for marking and payment depends on the level and number of scripts you mark.

Key skills required to be an effective examiner are:

Attention to detail
Speed and accuracy
Good organisational skills
Concentration and rigour

NCTJ requirements include:

Evidence of high journalistic standards
Preferably NCTJ qualified
Reference from a senior working editor

If you would like to be considered please email your CV to Rachel Manby, head of quality and assessment, at [email protected]

Confirmation of appointment is subject to a telephone interview and satisfactory completion of a sample marking exercise.


Experienced journalists are also needed to assist with the delivery of the NCTJ’s professional qualification – the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). If you are interested in taking part, please contact Andy Summers, examinations controller responsible for the NQJ.

Editors are invited to join accreditation panels on visits to NCTJ course providers. If you would like to have an involvement in assessing the industry’s training standard, please contact Emma Robinson, accreditation manager.