Apprentice Financial Journalist

69, Level 17, Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1QS
Competitive salary
24 Mar 2021
17 Apr 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Reports to: Team Leader (Retail Finance Division)

Purpose of role: A development role for writers new to financial services, this position pairs on-the-job training with a degree level qualification. Writers working in this position will learn about the broadest range of content, ranging from corporate reports to news and features writing for editorial clients. The role is designed to allow candidates to develop their skillset across all of Rhotic's operational sectors within three years.

Main duties:
  • To write news content under guidance from a qualified writer/editor
  • To write features content under guidance from a qualified writer/editor
  • To write corporate content under guidance from a qualified writer/editor
  • Support on researching of articles for staff writers
  • Compile research databases for clients
  • Work with qualified writers to understand content styles
  • To build a contact book with key industry commentators
  • To work with the team leader to develop writing style, tone and industry knowledge
  • To work with the chief content officer on edits and improvements to articles
  • To develop a basic knowledge of the main players in the retail finance market
  • To plan and utilise study time to achieve positive outcomes in examinations
  • To build a portfolio of work to submit for degree assessment each year.

Role of department: The Retail Finance division provides content to financial services companies and intermediaries that sell products directly to consumers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Manage workload and prioritise deadlines
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite

Personal qualities

  • Curious about the City of London
  • Fascinated by business and the economy
  • Interested in the world of business journalism

Desired qualifications

Apprenticeship applicants will have:
  • A Level BCC worth 104 UCAS pointsor:
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM worth 112 UCAS pointsor:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Meritsor:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Future prospects

Rhotic Media writes for global newswires, B2B magazines, national newspapers, consumer websites and trade journals.

The company has seen rapid growth in its first three years, driven by its business model of offering editorial support to the global financial news industry, and corporate content to banks, asset managers, technology firms, and consultants in the professional services sector.

In any one week, our team produces the broadest possible range of written content, ranging from corporate sustainability reports to independent financial news stories. Our clients rely on us to have a well-rounded understanding of the global economic and investment landscape, and to be able to recognise topical themes and unravel technical jargon.

The company is managed by an executive team of experienced journalists that have worked for the three largest financial media groups in the world.

Things to consider

As a junior member of our financial editorial squad, you will initially be writing editorial news and features, assisted by a senior financial journalist.

Once fully trained, you will begin working on corporate assignments across the financial services spectrum. Likely sectors, based on the current client base, would include banking, investments and pensions.

We offer a competitive salary, flexible working, and the opportunity to be a part of a team that is committed to building a company that cares about its employees, its clients and broader society.

While the company usually offers the opportunity to work in a bricks and mortar office, we are currently asking that all staff work from home. We provide laptops and mobile phones to assist with remote working.

Rhotic Media's pension scheme is with the National Employment Savings Trust, but employees are welcome to nominate their own pension, if they would prefer contributions are paid into another qualifying scheme. Staff are eligible for the pension scheme from their first day.

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