The Financial Times is looking for an EU correspondent in our Brussels bureau from summer 2021. The reporter’s beat will focus on EU trade policy and the bloc’s post-Brexit relationship with the UK.
The EU is in the midst of far-reaching discussions over the future of its trade policy, as member states grapple with economic nationalism and seek to define the EU’s concept of ‘open strategic autonomy’. The EU is seeking to assert itself more forcefully as it is buffeted by the economic rivalry between the US and China.
At the same time, the EU is coming to terms with an increasingly fractious relationship with the UK, the largest economy on its doorstep, as the two sides seek to bed down their brittle new economic partnership.
The correspondent will be a versatile reporter who is also able to jump on other emerging stories across a range of policy areas. The correspondent will be expected to travel widely, including to Geneva to cover the WTO, and to build contacts and report on the ground, working with local reporters across the network.
The FT enjoys a prominent position in Brussels, with excellent access to policymakers at all levels. But that also brings with it intense scrutiny and an intense pace. The bureau is one of the busiest, most news-driven parts of the FT network.
All members of the team are expected to break news on their own beat, as well pitch in on other big stories including EU summits. The successful candidate would be a regular contributor to the Brussels Briefing email, which is soon to be relaunched to broaden its scope across Europe.
Generate scoops and exclusive interviews while writing breaking news and original features and contributing to other sections of the FT
Cooperate effectively with colleagues in Brussels, London and across the European network
Demonstrate expertise in reporting across all digital platforms
Demonstrate numeracy and proficiency in handling data
Produce simply charts and identify opportunities to collaborate with Visual and Data journalism team
Engage with our audience through social media and interactive content
Weekend shifts are required as part of the team rota
Who we are looking for:
The successful candidate will be an enterprising reporter and clean writer capable of producing longer, well-structured pieces as well as rapid, accurate news stories. The ability to grasp complex issues that cross political, economic and diplomatic disciplines and to collaborate with editors and correspondents is essential. Knowledge of French and/or other European languages is a big advantage.
All staff are welcome to apply for editorial vacancies as part of a flexible working arrangement. If you believe this role can be managed part-time or as a job share then please provide details as part of your application. All proposals will be considered seriously. While approval will be conditional on the demands of the role and team, the FT is committed to being responsive to the needs of its staff and the different ways they may want to work.
Applications should be made via Workday by 15 April 2021.