FT’s Life Annuity Specialist seeks a managing editor

April 6, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Life Annuity Specialist is a thrice-weekly publication that provides insurance companies with the news and intelligence they need to grow their businesses.

The managing editor is the editorial driver of Life Annuity Specialist, overseeing all content development, including original news articles, trend reports, surveys and potentially video and webcasts. The managing editor is responsible for pushing through product improvements based on planned upgrades and ongoing market feedback. We expect the managing editor to be engaged with the business side of the publication and an enthusiastic source of ideas and suggestions for growing the title’s reach and profitability.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with a financial industry editorial background. If you have a good understanding of the insurance market and have pre-existing relationships in that space, so much the better.

The managing editor will oversee an associate editor, plus freelancers, and will report into Money-Media’s Group Managing Editor.

Primary responsibilities

  • Oversee all editorial development and processes for story generation, edit stories, write stories
  • Maintain the overall quality and timeliness of the content and meet the product’s editorial milestones for success
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with insurance executives and their companies
  • Travel to industry events and meet with prospects to stay on top of the latest industry trends and to solicit ongoing market feedback about the product
  • Coordinate editorial with advertising and marketing activities
  • Work with other departments to incorporate video, graphics, webcasts into our editorial coverage
  • Hire and manage staff
  • On occasion, moderate webcasts or panels at events run by Money-Media or the Financial Times’ events group. Share knowledge and expertise where necessary with events group. Represent Life Annuity Specialist’s editorial team internally and externally


The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to succeed and a proven track record of producing high-quality content.  We seek a person with strong intelligence, high energy, creativity, persistence, and resilience. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the flexibility and ownership necessary to manage a start-up product. Understanding the characteristics and values of our markets are very important. An ability to listen to the marketplace is critical. You will need to hire and motivate your team and keep them focused on the goals of the publication.

At least seven years of business reporting and editing experience, including experience working on a daily or wire publication ideally in the B2B space.

Experience managing a staff of reporters and helping them improve and develop.

Demonstrated ability to write or produce content for a specific niche audience. Experience working a beat and knowing how to generate scoops, enterprise story ideas and other content that distinguishes a publication.

Track record of continuous improvement and initiative and a creative approach to your work.

Ability to recognize and respond to readers’ needs.

Knowledge of the financial advisor market specifically or financial services generally a definite plus.

A high personal standard of excellence and pride in the work you do.

Curiosity and a desire to learn.

Money-Media is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits as part of Nikkei, parent company of the Financial Times. We also offer a supportive and collegial working environment and the opportunity to work with others who are passionate about their jobs. Visit our website www.money-media.com for more information.

This is a hybrid position based in NY, which will require you to be onsite in our offices 2+ days a week.

Further information
A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $120,000 – $135,000. To ensure pay fairness, the successful candidate will be offered a salary within the estimated salary range based on a number of considerations including but not limited to: skill set; experience and training; certifications; and other business and organisational needs. The disclosed range estimate is for our NYC office and has not been adjusted for other locations.

To apply, go here.

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