Trends Editor, BBC Science Focus

Our Media Bristol United Kingdom up to £25,000 Hybrid

Company Description

Our Media is a leading special-interest content business, based in the buzzing, creative city of Bristol. We're home to market-leading brands in craft, cycling, science and nature, homes and music.

We help our audiences pursue their passions through highly trusted, original content – in print, video and online. Our much-loved brands include BBC Science Focus, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Your Home,, BikeRadar and Cycling Plus.


BBC Science Focus is looking for a trends editor to help take our digital growth to the next level. The Trends Editor will be responsible for the brand’s trending content, producing short features that tie into current affairs. These are the stories that happen in the national conversation where we think the world of science will have something to contribute. Sometimes this will be obvious, like on World Mental Health day, and other times it’ll require us to tap into the national psyche.

The Trends Editor will use their editorial nous – and the latest tricks and tools – to chart trends when and as they happen, understanding the mechanics of how to make sure our content is seen in a crowded field, and produce content according to these trends. Once their articles are published, they’ll delve into various analytics tools to understand what worked and what didn’t, across the web, Apple News and social media.

This is a role for someone who loves the world of science and digital content equally. It will suit someone who loves the feedback of seeing traffic numbers grow and enjoys creative problem-solving.

For a full list of responsibilities, please see the job description (below)



  • A driven journalist who can come up with brilliant, original, content ideas and angles that will work well online on a daily basis.
  • Web literate: comfortable and familiar with uploading content to a website
  • SEO: An understanding of how you might optimise content to perform on different platforms.
  • An eye to what makes a great science story and what angle Science Focus should take on it.
  • Able to write succinct, clear and informative copy that conveys complex topics simply.
  • A confident communicator who is happy working with different teams – internal and external, to produce brilliant content.
  • Tenacity to chase experts and interviewees, to get the access and insight our readers want.
  • Visual thinker: able to digest data and marry images, infographics and copy to convey ideas
  • Experience writing for magazines and/or websites
  • Self-starter: able to build and grow their own work streams in order to get new projects up and running


  • A background in science or science journalism
  • Experience using Ahrefs and/or Google Trends
  • Confident with Photoshop and content management systems

Other information

We respect and value differences. We believe that when people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives work together, we can create the most value for our people, readers, customers, and society. If you are excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with everything listed in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway, as you may still be a good fit for this or other roles.

We’re striving to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and to ensure our content is representative of all our audiences. We have established five internal D&I network groups to help our people feel supported and included, and to provide an open environment for people to network, mentor and exchange ideas, solutions, and experiences. If there is anything we can do to make our recruitment process more accessible for you, please do let us know at [email protected].

Flexible and hybrid working

We know we create great things and have fun when we come together in person and collaborate. We also know that working from home brings great benefits in terms of being able to focus on our work, and manage our personal lives around our roles. With this in mind, we have established a hybrid working pattern, with 60% of the working week spent in the office.

Our people also benefit from a flexi time policy, and a flexi location policy which gives everyone the opportunity to work from another location for two weeks during the year.

We are open to discussion about flexible working requests for any flexibility needs not covered by these policies.

Company benefits include

  • Pension contribution matched to 5%
  • Season ticket loan
  • Hybrid working pattern, flexi start/finish time
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, plus Christmas closure, plus your birthday off
  • Option to buy/sell up to 5 days holiday a year
  • Social committee, regular in-house learning events
  • 4x life assurance

Our values

We strongly believe that work is not just about what we achieve, but how we achieve it. We want our people to thrive and develop, and we want to effect positive change in the world.

We have an ambitious and robust sustainability strategy, which includes a zero-to-waste, renewable-energy-fuelled office at Eagle House, the complete removal of single-use plastics from our supply chain, and a roadmap to be fully carbon neutral by 2030.

To put that spirit at the heart of our business, we recently co-created a set of values with input from everyone here. Our values are:

  • Be kind
  • Always curious
  • Be the best we can be

Apply today to take the next step in your career with Our Media.

Please note, we review CVs on an ongoing basis and may close the role early due to high interest, If you're interested in joining us, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

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