Reference number gomw-396

Employer Haymarket Publishing

Location Twickenham
Job type Full time

Founded in a bedroom in 1999, PH was a pioneer of the digital age and has subsequently gone from strength to strength to become the leading car enthusiast forum and prestige used car classifieds website - with all its endeavours underpinned by a free-thinking editorial team that works to the very highest standards but which refuses to take itself - or the car industry, or other automotive journalists - too seriously.

The new editor must be someone who knows about cars and how to write and talk about them, but who is also always happy to work that bit harder for their readers, be it burying their nose in the classifieds to unearth the very best stories, going that bit further to deliver a more thoughtful car review than your average bear or simply laying it all on the line by delivering the new car verdict that matters, all in the style that PH’s readers love. All this online, across social media and - especially - on video, too.

Thick skin must come as standard, as must an independent spirit that is as happy to stick a 30sec video clip online that made you smile ‘just because’ as a 2000-word in-depth car review - and everything in between. Knowing what you do and don't want to do is crucial - as is your ability to justify your decisions when the weight of the forums bears down on your shoulders.

As with any modern digital media job, the editor must also balance editorial talents with an insatiable thirst for analysing the site’s data and acting on what the numbers tell them; be it doing more of what readers love and less of what they don’t love - or even doing more of the latter because it stokes the kind of debates that make PH's forums so popular, and unique.

Bear in mind, too, that the editor isn’t just leading a hugely powerful automotive brand, either. When Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts was asked why she hadn’t launched Dadsnet her reply was, “because it’s already been done - it’s called PistonHeads.”

Watches, football, lawn mowers… PistonHeads is steeped in engine oil and car culture, but if you're ready to edit it, you'd better be prepared for anything.

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