Editorial Designer – Financial Times (London)

The role

The FT design desk has an opening for a talented visual specialist (/journalist) to produce dynamic design for stories and products across the FT’s digital journalism. From creating visuals for features, to prototyping design work on new products, to motion design in animated explainers.

You will have editorial experience at a leading news/content organisation, creating and commissioning visuals of all flavours, to tight deadlines.

Your portfolio contains cutting-edge examples of work across formats from created images to motion design within video. You relish teamwork and collaboration, and can represent the design desk   in conversations with wider editorial, picture desk, graphics and brand. You will also have experience of working with developers on new product development.

An interest and understanding of visual brand is also important; what it is, and how it can be extended into new formats and products.

A strong interest in current affairs, technology and popular culture is an advantage. As well as a keen interest and understanding of new developments in visual journalism.


Key responsibilities

  • Produce high-quality visuals for editorial news and features. This requires an expert skill set in image creation, including some motion design experience
  • Use and develop the FT’s visual language to entice readers and keep them engaged in our content. This includes design speccing  for new products, ensuring a confident, consistent expression of content and brand.
  • Work closely with editors to advise on and shape story design
  • Liaise with colleagues across the visual department, comprising the design and picture desks, under the direction of the head of design, and build on existing links with audience engagement, social media and video.
  • Commission illustrators for features and opinion content.


Your skills

  • You will have advanced skills in Photoshop, illustrator and InDesign. Some facility with video editing and motion design in Premiere and After Effects is also required.
  • The design department also works closely with product & technology teams to research and spec design tools. So experience of prototyping and project management tools is valuable, as well as knowledge of UX design principles, HTML and CSS.
  • Communicating effectively and sharing knowledge with journalists and editors who are non-specialists.


Your experience

  • You will have a degree or equivalent in graphic design or a related subject
  • Editorial experience at a leading news/content organisation, creating and commissioning visuals of all flavours, to tight deadlines, would be beneficial but is not essential.
  • An interest in current affairs and technology is valuable. As well as a thorough understanding of current developments in visual journalism.


Please submit your application by the end of the day, Tuesday 16th April 2024. 



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 talent@ft.com and a member of our team 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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