Digital Editor


13 May


Experience: At least 5 years’ experience working as a digital native in a content marketing, publishing or agency environment
Location: Cape Town
Employment type: Permanent (full-time)
Role and mission:

John Brown Media is part of a leading global content marketing agency with offices in 11 countries. We produce award-winning, engaging content across digital and print platforms. Our clients include blue-chip brands such as Pick n Pay, Old Mutual, Life Healthcare, BMW and Capitec locally, and Waitrose, John Lewis, Orange, RBS Bank, Hannaford and Spinneys globally.  We are part of the dentsu Group 

John Brown Media is seeking to appoint a Digital Editor in Cape Town. The role reports directly to the Digital Director and Group Head of Food. The ideal candidate has a passion for all digital media and a basic understanding of everyday food and cooking. You will need to drive digital content proactively, continually looking for opportunities to improve content across platforms and push the boundaries with world-class work.

Key responsibilities:


  • Work closely with the account director to develop digital content strategies for clients and advertisers that are engaging, innovative and deliver on commercial objectives and briefs
  • Pioneer new content ideas, delivery mechanics and recommendations
  • Proactively identify business solutions, new commercial opportunities and ways to grow the online audience
  • Be the client-facing digital point of contact
  • Provide strategic direction on all digital client properties
  • Innovate client offering – proactively drive newness and increase the value of content offering
  • Advise on digital best practice, share and interpret industry news and innovations
  • Read and interpret Google Analytics and social media reports and apply learnings insights and recommendations
  • Foster a strong relationship with the various client teams, with the support of the account director
  • Ensure a robust content planning and delivery process, working with the traffic manager

Content Planning and Production

  • Be the custodian of high-quality content across all digital platforms
  • Oversee content production and implementation for all digital platforms, from brief to final reporting phase, including but not limited to social media, video, newsletters, websites, banner advertising
  • Oversee monthly content plans
  • Present content strategies to client
  • Brief and commission content, including photographic and video shoots
  • Support your team in producing top-quality content that delivers on the clients’ briefs and business objectives
  • Continuously evaluate content for optimisation
  • Liaise with developers with respect to the uploading of content, Q&A and troubleshooting
  • Liaise with external suppliers and manage, analyse and share the paid media for all major social media channels
  • Manage the digital copy writer
What you’ll need:
  • 5+ years working as a digital native in a content marketing, publishing or agency environment
  • Demonstrable experience in creating effective content marketing or branded content
  • Strong creative thinker
  • Journalistic instincts and editorial expertise
  • Confident presentation skills
  • Comfortable in reviewing and interpreting data and ability to compile content performance reports
  • Extensive knowledge of digital best practice
  • Experience in WordPress or similar CMS
  • A good knowledge of Google Analytics, SEO and basic HTML
  • Understanding of technology and how it can creatively support content delivery
  • Understanding of and interest in food, especially in the South African market, is a bonus

Please forward a detailed CV to

Reference: Digital Editor 


Note: If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. John Brown South Africa reserves the right not to fill the position.