Banking Editor – Financial Times (London)

The Role

The Financial Times is looking for a new Banking Editor. Banking editor is one of the key positions at the heart of the FT. The job combines the role of team leader, heading the financial services desk in London, with a chief reporting function, coordinating our coverage in the UK, across Europe and globally.

The busy beat encompasses some of the highest-profile and most accident-prone companies that feature in the newspaper, which are constantly under threat from macroeconomic shocks, new challengers and toughening regulations.

The new Banking Editor will take over at a time of great change. While profits have been boosted by the first meaningful interest rate rises in a decade, most lenders in Europe still suffer from depressed valuations and questions over the viability of their business models. Despite repeated attempts, few transformational M&A deals have been struck. The full impact of Brexit on the City of London is not yet clear.

Traditional banks are also under threat from fintech startups and encroachment by Google, Apple and Amazon, as well as the rapid growth of the lesser-regulated “shadow banking” sector of giant asset managers, private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices.

The ability to deliver scoops on multiple running stories, spot themes regionally and globally and write quickly and accurately are essential. The role also requires close collaboration with the US and Asia-based reporters to cover Wall Street and its operations around the world.

Recent highlights from the team include the minute-by-minute chronicle of the collapse of Credit Suisse, an investigation into the links between Barclays chief executive Jes Staley and Jeffery Epstein and an activist attack to break up HSBC.


Key responsibilities

  • Lead the FT’s banking coverage
  • Produce scoops and deeply-reported analysis; contribute long-form pieces for the Big Read and magazine; appear in FT podcasts and documentaries
  • Run the financial services team (spanning banking, fintech, property and insurance); set priorities for colleagues; spot and recruit new talent
  • Chair the annual FT Live Banking Summit in London
  • Weekend shifts required as part of the newsroom rota

Please submit your application by the end of the day, Tuesday 12th December 2023. 



Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.


How we work

Our hybrid setup means staff are expected to come into the office 3 days a week.

Our office is located across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral and is easily accessible from all corners of London. There are the main train terminals such as Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Blackfriars, City Thameslink or Waterloo all situated within walking distance or there are several tube stations within a few mins walk such as Mansion House (District or Circle line), St. Paul’s (Central line), Bank (Central or Waterloo & City line) or Barbican (Central, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines).


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs.

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