The Financial Times is seeking a data journalist for its new central banking hub. Designed for professionals, the hub will offer users high quality data on monetary policy so that they are better able to do their jobs both in the form of permanent dashboards and articles showcasing data of relevance for monetary policy in the US, Eurozone, UK and Japan.
This new role will head up the data output of the hub and work closely with the FT’s award-winning Visual and Data Journalism team. Initially, the focus will be on sourcing and building permanent databases and graphics for the hub and ensuring they are up to date.
It is expected that the role will quickly expand to include economic analysis of data relevant to monetary policy and writing for the hub. We are looking for someone flexible who enjoys data organisation and analysis. You will also be able to write for the FT, contributing to make the central banking hub a must-read product for professional users. This is a start up venture within the FT, so it will be an exciting and dynamic opportunity.
You will have high quality data skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced role in a core part of FT output.
The job will combine data husbandry, analysis and writing on monetary policy. It could provide the perfect springboard for a wider FT career. We are looking for someone with sufficient skills in each area, a desire to learn more and to develop their skills more broadly.
You will collaborate with the data journalists, graphics journalists and developers in the Visual & Data Journalism team, as well as journalists from all other parts of the FT.
If you are someone who is fascinated by economics, monetary policy and has exemplary data skills, then this is the job for you.
What we are looking for
Your application should include a portfolio of work that demonstrates:
- Confidence in data sourcing (including the use of scraping techniques), cleaning and analysis
- Numeracy and the ability to think statistically
- A good understanding of monetary policy
- Excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to explain your quantitative analysis work simply to non-specialist audiences
- An interest in global economics, business and politics
- Passionate about continuously learning in order to keep your skills at the forefront of current practice
Your previous work does not have to be in a journalism context although that would be an advantage.
We don’t expect you to have all of these skills, but the ability to demonstrate experience of one or more of the following would be beneficial:
- Relevant training in statistics or data science
- Building, maintaining or working with processes for continuously acquiring and processing data or maintaining models based on such data
- Interactive data visualisation using D3, React or Flourish
- Working with automation processes that use machine learning techniques, eg natural language generation tools, text analysis or document classification algorithms
- Writing data documentation for non-technical users
- Training and supporting others in data handling techniques
Please submit your application by the end of the day, Thursday 9th November 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.
Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.
About the Financial Times
The FT has an uncompromising mission: delivering independent, quality information, news and services to individuals and companies around the globe. It’s the cornerstone of our reputation and the heart of our ambitions for the future. But for our people, the FT offers so much more than what we do. FT people come from all kinds of backgrounds and work across a huge range of disciplines and locations, and find an empowering, warm and welcoming culture that values curiosity and rewards smart, ambitious thinking. Those who are willing to unite around our mission and live our values will find plenty to challenge, inspire and interest them. Like the audiences we serve, no two FT people are the same; but together we help our audience be better informed and understand the world around them. It’s a job that’s never mattered more, and a career that can take you anywhere you want to go.
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