JOB ADS | Investigative reporter; national digital sales manager & group financial controller

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Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
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Investigative reporter (x2)

Reporting to: TimesLIVE editor (or a designated editor)

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg/ Cape Town/Durban

Position overview

TimesLIVE is looking for investigative reporters to identify, investigate and write in-depth, unique news reports of national interest for TimesLIVE.

 Main responsibilities 

  • Identify and pursue unique and agenda-setting investigative journalism pieces for TimesLIVE;
  • Establish and maintain an extensive contact base with prominent members of society and key people in government with a view to sourcing stories;
  • Ensure delivery of high-quality stories and exclusives

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree or equivalent;
  • At least five years’ experience in journalism;
  • Good general knowledge.

Personal skills/attributes

  • An ability to write with flair and accuracy.
  • The ability to generate story ideas, identify interesting industry trends and keep abreast of developments in the sectors covered.
  • An understanding of South Africa's history and the challenges it faces in building a better society for all.
  • Good contact list that will enable the generation of original investigative pieces
  • A keen interest in uncovering the backstory behind news and events.
  • An understanding of the economy and how it affects communities.
  • ​An eye for trends and currents in society.
  • The ability to work in a high-pressure environment and consistently deliver quality content.
  • The successful candidate will be motivated, able to work independently, be a team player, travel when required and work irregular hours.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: groblerf@sundaytimes.co.za and mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: October 5 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Direct Sales Account Manager      

Reporting to: Sales Manager   

Department: Sales & Advertising

Location:Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

To grow revenue aggressively for Arena Holdings in conjunction with the DIRECT sales team; to lead the sales team and help transform the team for the future; to work very closely with clients to deliver the best options for campaigns, using all platforms; to take a leading role in applicable revenue projects across the group; and to continuously drive sales efforts across the group and manage teams and processes to grow revenue across the board.

Main responsibilities 

  • Achieving individual targets and yields on all aspects of Arena Holdings’ brands.
  • Conducting client interaction and engagement sessions.
  • Ensuring sustained profitability by generating new business and maintaining client relationships.
  • Generating new revenue opportunities.
  • Ensuring that reporting on sales tasks is done timeously and accurately.
  • Ensuring clear communication between customers by upholding the company’s mission, vision and values.
  • Ensuring good customer relations by making regular follow-up calls and visits.
  • Ensuring all work conforms to the policies and procedures of the company.
  • Procuring house features and selling sponsorships into these house features.

Requirements

  •  2–3 years’ media-sales-related experience (direct and agency advertising sales) is essential.
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to present an outstanding sales pitch.
  • Ability to identify advertising opportunities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to be resourceful (a key attribute).
  • Matric certificate.
  • Computer literacy.

Skills

  • Experience in a digital role in a newsroom.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication.
  • Good time management.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Team orientated.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, to  mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: October 8 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


National Digital Sales Manager             

Reporting to: Deputy GM: Sales    

Department: Sales & Advertising

Location:Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

To grow revenue aggressively for Arena Holdings’ digital platforms in conjunction with the digital sales team; to lead the digital sales team and help transform the skills of the traditional sales teams to incorporate digital; to work closely with agencies and clients to deliver the best options for campaigns, using all platforms and audiences; to account for the conversion rate and performance of campaigns across all digital platforms, taking a leading role in digital revenue projects across the group; to continuously drive sales efforts across the group and manage teams and processes to grow revenue across the board.

Main responsibilities 

  • Operational activities (sales conversion)
  • Fostering and developing effective client relationships, including the management of key blue-chip accounts.
  • Driving revenue and meeting agreed targets and stretch targets.
  • Providing a consultative sales process.
  • Developing a creative and innovative sales approach involving sourcing leads and putting together proposals and bespoke packages.
  • Continually developing market knowledge to be an authority in the industry, locally and internationally.
  • Providing strategic ideas that support growth for the division.
  • Keeping up to date with advances in social media technology and ad-tech progression.
  • Working closely with Ad Ops and development teams to ensure the best possible executions are available for clients.
  • Building reporting frameworks with the commercial analyst and data team to evaluate returns on the company’s various platforms.
  • Reporting campaign results and return on investment, making recommendations to senior management.
  • Having a solid grip on all analytics and audience data, and working closely with data analysts to understand opportunities.
  • People management
  • Overseeing the activities of the team to ensure effective delivery of business outcomes.
  • Developing a high-performing team via a formal performance management process.
  • Mentoring junior team members, providing feedback and encouragement and knowledge transfer.
  • Encouraging frequent knowledge sharing between team members.
  • Determining and analysing development needs for the team and ensuring that training requirements are budgeted for and executed.
  • Creating effective workforce and recruitment demand plans to ensure that current and future business requirements are met.
  • Addressing poor performance of any team member through the formal performance improvement programme and ensuring that continued poor performance is appropriately dealt with.
  • Motivating team members and ensuring that their efforts are recognised

Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree: marketing or sales.
  • 8–10 years’ experience within the digital
  • Extensive knowledge of digital conversion metrics and levers that can affect these KPIs.
  • Strong analytics background (ability to know what questions to ask for making data-driven decisions).
  • Demonstrable experience in audience management within Google Analytics 360 or other DMPs.
  • Media background preferred but not essential.
  • Extensive experience in DFP, DBM, analytical tools, third-party ad servers.
  • Ability to understand analytical tools and data and make decisions based on these.

Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication.
  • Good time management.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Team orientated.
  • Relationship building.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Persuading and influence.
  • Coaching/mentoring.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, to  mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: October 8 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Companies editor

Reporting to: Business Day editor/deputy editor

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Business Day is looking for a Companies Editor to co-ordinate our company-news coverage for BusinessLIVE, our digital business platform, and Business Day. We’re seeking an applicant with news-editing and writing skills who has a nose for news and a good sense of what our readers want to see online, in print and in video. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of business and finance and be able to quickly commission, edit and publish relevant and informed articles. The position involves liaising with reporters and editors to ensure the best possible coverage of the companies sector.

 Main responsibilities 

  • Deliver quality and extensive companies coverage in digital, print and video products;
  • Being comfortable with constant deadlines throughout the day, in line with our “digital-first” strategy;
  • Quick editing skills to ensure stories provide a full picture timeously;
  • Manage fast, digital- and print-news coverage;
  • Ensure journalism is produced at a consistent high standard;
  • Previous experience at a news-wire agency or web publication will stand candidates in good stead;
  • The ability to contribute original ideas for on illustrations, especially for web; and
  • Contribute to building digital audience.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree;
  • At least seven years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of finance and business;
  • Excellent organisational and editing;
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Unimpeachable integrity

Personal skills/attributes

  • Be self-motivated with an ability to lead and work within a team.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: September 30 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Group financial controller

Reporting to: CFO

Department: Corporate office

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Arena Holdings is looking for a Group Financial Controller who will undertake all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation, as well as development of internal control policies and procedures. The Group Finance Controller responsibilities will also include financial risk management.

 Main responsibilities 

  • Reporting to the CFO and CEO on financial results, budgets and forecasts
  • Continuous reviewing of accounting treatments for new standards
  • Preparing and analysing daily cash summary
  • Assessing tax computations
  • Providing necessary information for tax submissions
  • Assisting with necessary information for the BBBEE audit
  • Assist the CFO with development of financial policies and risk management
  • People management
  • Managing finance Team projects

     

  • Setting up monthly and quarterly reporting template packs and distributing it to the financial management team
  • Reviewing bank reconciliations and journals
  • Reviewing submitted monthly and quarterly packs
  • Preparing consolidated monthly management accounts
  • Analysing the company’s monthly financial performance
  • Preparing consolidated quarterly forecasts
  • Analysing and providing commentary on quarterly forecasts
  • Preparing quarterly forecast reports
  • Preparing budget template packs and distributing to management
  • Reviewing the budget corporate pack for the group
  • Reviewing of submitted budget packs
  • Preparing consolidated annual budgets
  • Compiling 5-year forecast template packs and distributing to management
  • Reviewing the 5-year forecast corporate pack for the group
  • Reviewing the submitted forecast packs
  • Reviewing the company’s annual solvency and liquidity calculations
  • Preparing the company’s annual consolidated financial statements
  • Performing annual IFRS valuations and facilitating the review process
  • Compiling the annual template packs for management
  • Reviewing the company’s annual corporate pack
  • Preparing the consolidated annual pack
  • Reviewing the annual submitted packs
  • Preparing the holding company annual template packs and distributing it to the relevant management team
  • Preparing the holding company corporate and annual packs
  • Reviewing all submitted packs
  • Preparing and submitting information required for Debt applications
  • Calculating quarterly debt covenants and reporting to the CFO
  • Responding to queries from the bankers
  • Managing and coordinating the Group Annual audit
  • Managing and coordinating the Group Annual audit requirements for the Holding company

Requirements:

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant

  • 5-10 years’ relevant work experience

  • Technical IFRS acumen and experience

  • Financial and cash modelling ability and exposure is essential

Skills:

  • Corporate reporting, budgets, planning and forecasts
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to problem-solve when dealing with high pressure situations

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, to  mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: October 8 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Head of subscriptions

Reporting to: MD of news and media

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

This is a brand-new role within Arena and its purpose role is to connect the various functions working on subscriptions within the business to develop a cohesive approach which aligns with the Company’s strategy and leads to building brand memberships.

 Main responsibilities 

  • Managing the entire customer journey across all engagement points (portfolios, platforms, and brands).
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction is paramount at all touchpoints and be the key custodian of the customer relationship.
  • Increasing subscriber acquisition, retention, and overall subscription revenue, for all products, across the group.
  • Developing, implementing, monitoring, and executing the subscriber strategy, membership strategy, loyalty strategy, and improving engagement with customers throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Growing subscribers of all brands across the group for both consumers and customersManaging budgets and P&L.
  • Liaising with various business units to facilitate the successful implementation of plans for subscriptions, memberships, clubs and loyalty programs.
  • Identifying and developing plans to reach and convert new subscribers.
  • Expanding on existing customer databases including managing, analysing and reporting on these.
  • Developing and monitoring new campaigns and promotions.
  • Assisting with the design of marketing strategies.
  • Assisting with developing and maintaining effective retention strategies

Skills and attributes

  • Highly motivated self-starter with the drive and desire to be part of a winning team
  • A person of demonstrable honesty and integrity
  • Customer centric
  • Proven ability to meet challenging goals and implement agreed plans
  • CRM / client relationship / subscriber management
  • Proven project management skills
  • Systemic thinker
  • Best practice knowledge of database management
  • Excellent attention to detail for written communications and materials developed
  • Ability to interact with senior members of the organization and external suppliers effectively and professionally
  • Able to manage complexity within tight timeframes
  • Displays a thorough understanding of the different customer segment propositions and can articulate clearly to customers.
  • Is resilient, can re-think and rebuild on existing strategies and workflow processes

Qualifications and experience

  • Postgraduate Degree in Marketing, Business, Communications or comparable work experience
  • 5-8 years in a senior marketing role
  • Previous experience and demonstrated proficiency in consumer marketing, retail and digital circulation and subscription revenue generation is essential
  • Track record of development of effective acquisition and retention strategies, direct marketing to consumers and consumer campaign management
  • Experience and proficiency in developing and delivering innovative products and services

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, to  mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: October 8 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Resources writer

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Business Day is looking for a Resources Writer. We’re seeking an applicant with a track record of news, analysis and sharp analytical pieces. Storytelling, scoops and the pursuit of ambitious stories are encouraged. An understanding of SA’s complex regulatory environment in the resources sector, experience of covering court cases, understanding financial results, and an appreciation of labour and community dynamics are critical. There is increasing appetite for ESG (environmental, social and governance) stories, needing an understanding of these three legs of socially acceptable mining. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of business and finance and be able to drive day-to-day coverage, company earnings, fast-moving breaking news and enterprise stories. The successful candidate will provide content for both print and online, and must be an active participant on social media, or at least demonstrate a working knowledge of digital platforms.  

 Main responsibilities 

  • Produce well-written, relevant, accurate and balanced news stories;
  • Establish and maintain communication with contacts with a view to sourcing stories;
  • Work to established style and deadlines;
  • Ensure delivery of high quality stories;
  • Perform any other duty as is reasonably assigned by the companies desk;
  • An ability to manage multiple stories simultaneously under strict deadlines and to weigh in quickly with smart analysis;
  • Resourcefulness, attention to detail and the ability to file with speed, accuracy and clarity;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and authoritatively; and
  • Receptiveness to feedback and openness to change.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree;
  • At least five years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of finance and business;
  • Excellent news-gathering, research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable integrity;
  • A solid contact base; and
  • Ability to travel and work irregular hours.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Be self-motivated with an ability to work within a team; and
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: September 30 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Finance and business writer 

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Business Day and the Financial Mail are looking for a Finance and Business Writer, focusing on the financial services sector. We’re seeking an applicant with a track record of news, analysis and sharp analytical pieces. Storytelling, scoops and the pursuit of ambitious stories are encouraged. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of business and finance and be able to drive day-to-day coverage, company earnings, fast-moving breaking news and enterprise stories. The successful candidate will provide content for both print and online, and must be an active participant on social media, or at least demonstrate a working knowledge of digital platforms.  

 Main responsibilities 

  • Produce well-written, relevant, accurate and balanced news stories;
  • Establish and maintain communication with contacts with a view to sourcing stories;
  • Work to established style and deadlines;
  • Ensure delivery of high quality stories;
  • Perform any other duty as is reasonably assigned by the companies desk;
  • An ability to manage multiple stories simultaneously under strict deadlines and to weigh in quickly with smart analysis;
  • Resourcefulness, attention to detail and the ability to file with speed, accuracy and clarity;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and authoritatively; and
  • Receptiveness to feedback and openness to change.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree;
  • At least five years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of finance and business;
  • Excellent news-gathering, research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable integrity;
  • A solid contact base; and
  • Ability to travel and work irregular hours.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Be self-motivated with an ability to work within a team; and
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: September30 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Property/construction writer

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Business Day and the Financial Mail are looking for a writer to cover, primarily, listed property and construction companies. We are seeking an applicant with a track record of news analysis and sharp analytical pieces. Storytelling, scoops and the pursuit of ambitious stories are encouraged. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of the property and construction sectors and be able to drive day-to-day coverage, company earnings, fast-moving breaking news and enterprise stories. The successful candidate will provide content for both print and online, and must be an active participant on social media, or at least demonstrate a working knowledge of digital platforms.  

 Main responsibilities 

  • Produce well-written, relevant, accurate and balanced news stories;
  • Establish and maintain communication with contacts with a view to sourcing stories;
  • Work to established style and deadlines;
  • Ensure delivery of high quality stories;
  • Perform any other duty as is reasonably assigned by the companies desk;
  • An ability to manage multiple stories simultaneously under strict deadlines and to weigh in quickly with smart analysis;
  • Resourcefulness, attention to detail and the ability to file with speed, accuracy and clarity;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and authoritatively; and
  • Receptiveness to feedback and openness to change.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree;
  • At least five years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of finance and business;
  • Excellent news-gathering, research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable integrity;
  • A solid contact base; and
  • Ability to travel and work irregular hours.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Be self-motivated with an ability to work within a team; and
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: September 30 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Financial Mail news editor

Reporting to: Financial Mail editor

Department: Editorial 

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Fox is the Financial Mail’s news section. It contains breaking news (across sectors: economics, politics, companies), detailed technology coverage, profiles and a number of columns. The magazine’s purpose is to provide in-depth intelligence on the key issues of the day, going behind the numbers and headlines to find the backstory behind the events. We do this through compelling narrative, sharply-written news stories, and exclusive articles.

 Main responsibilities 

  • Manage a short- and long-term news diary;
  • Generate story ideas, spot industry trends and keep abreast of developments across the political economy;
  • Write when required;
  • Edit with accuracy, flair and an eye for detail;
  • An aptitude and good EQ for managing reporters; 
  • Multitask and manage a variety of simultaneous processes and deadlines;
  • Work independently, sometimes at irregular hours; and
  • An ability to work in a high-pressured environment 

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • At least 10 years’ experience in journalism, with a solid understanding of business and the political economy;
  • A relevant degree would be an asset;
  • Excellent general knowledge and some subject expertise in areas such as economics and technology; 
  • An understanding of the stock exchange, including JSE-listed companies, would be an asset; and
  • The ability to tell compelling stories that go beyond the numbers and that tell the backstory behind corporate events.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to email: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: September 30 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.

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