Insights Editor

Job Added: 31 May 2019
Applications Close: 21 June 2019
Level: Mid-Weight
Contract: Full Time
Based: London
Salary: Undisclosed
Twitter: @canvas8

Canvas8 is the UK’s leading behavioural insights practice. We explore the intersection between human sciences, industry and pop culture to understand how people's behaviour is changing, and the impacts of these shifts. Our flagship product is the Canvas8 Library, an online resource of over 24,000 trend Reports, Case Studies and Signals spanning 14 industries and nine key markets, subscribed to by global PR and creative agencies.

Supported by a network of experts, including TED speakers, MIT fellows and industry leaders, we analyse and report on human behaviour to educate and inspire brands and agencies worldwide. Authoritative yet accessible, our work is about investigating the hidden insights in everyday life. We‘re looking to recruit a culturally aware and efficient editor who is comfortable in the world of consumer trends.

What is the job?

Joining the Library team, you’ll work alongside the Editorial Director, Editor and Commissioning Editor to help deliver exceptional content to a clear strategy, meeting tight deadlines. We publish three different types of content: trend Reports, Case Studies, and Signals. You’ll own the Signals and be responsible for the smooth publishing of Case Studies.

As Insights editor you will publish 10 concise people-led stories every day, ensuring they meet our clients varied needs. Signals are our shortest content, but are amongst the most important. Tracking signs of behavioural change on a global scale (from ballet classes for Swedish seniors to CBD tea for non-drinking Gen Y) the are the building blocks for our other content types. Commissioned from our team of in-house analysts, you’ll help them distil complex ideas into insightful, snappy prose.

Each month you’ll be given a budget to commission Case Studies which unpick innovative brands. Developing a roster of diverse freelance writers and maintaining these relationships will ensure the most useful insights are uncovered.

What is my day-to-day?

  • Commissioning, editing and managing the publishing of daily Signals
  • Commissioning, editing and managing the publishing of Case studies
  • Contributing to a clear editorial direction
  • Staying ahead of industry trends and cultural changes
  • Rigorously planning and maintaining the publishing schedule
  • Managing commissioning budgets
  • Setting deadlines and ensuring adherence
  • Editing, proofing and copywriting


Super-organised, you’ll enjoy managing deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You’ll be a natural mentor and motivator, keen to chat through ideas and equally not afraid to crack the whip to instil deadlines when necessary. You’ll have a minimum of two years’ experience working in a publishing environment and feel comfortable managing commissioning budgets. You’ll be a talented copy editor, and take joy in turning complex concepts into simple and articulate prose. Culturally aware, you’ll be comfortable discussing ideas, thinking laterally and applying them commercially.

  • Degree-level education
  • A minimum of two years’ editorial experience
  • Solid experience of editing and proofing content
  • Experience in a fast-paced digital publishing environment
  • Experience in commissioning and managing budgets
  • An ability to distil complex ideas into plain English
  • Exceptional organisation and attention to detail
  • Confidence interviewing in a professional manner
  • Knowledge of the media, communications and design industries


We believe in supporting our colleagues to do work that fascinates them: we’re a group of intelligent and kind people who want to see each other succeed. The Library team is an exciting area for professional development, as our team grows and evolves around the amount of content we produce. We also have some amazing company benefits:

  • A competitive starting salary, dependant on experience
  • 21 days paid holiday + bank holidays
  • A workplace pension with company match above minimum requirements
  • Cash back health plan and cycle scheme
  • Summer Fridays, other seasonal benefits and staff socials
  • Working with a friendly and welcoming team (included a dog called Oscar)

** Interviews beginning 12th June

How to apply

We would love to hear from you! Please follow the link below to apply for this role: