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We’re looking to build long term partnerships with talented freelance writers who can bring expertise or original point of view to our Magazine, on topics related to our products, adventure, water sports and well being. This is an open role with positions for several candidates.

Location: Remote, you can be based anywhere in the world

Hours: Freelance, no set contract. We’d initially commission 1 story with scope for an ongoing freelance relationship with regular commissions.

Pay: £60-£80 per 1000 words, depending on experience

About the Vivida Magazine:

The Vivida Magazine is an online hub of knowledge and inspiration on topics ranging from Vivida gear, watersports, flow-sports, wellness, fitness, nature and travel. The readers, the Vivida community, are adventurous in spirit, curious, sustainably-conscious and active/outdoorsy.

About you:

We’re looking for knowledgable kiteboarders, kitesurfers, surfers, wild swimmers and wellness experts to share their knowledge with Vivida’s community by writing for our Magazine on a freelance basis. You might be a Vivida spirit, a trained yogi, an experienced & well-adventured surfer or kiter, keen nature enthusiast or someone who just enjoys taking to the water at weekends and wants to flex their writing skills.

Your Experience:

We’re not necessarily looking for expert/highly experienced copywriters, but you do need to have perfect spelling and grammar, and demonstrate that you’ll be able to write to our house style. You’ll also need to be comfortable with edits being made to your work and receiving constructive feedback if your writing doesn’t gel with our house style.

What you would do:

To start with, we’d commision you to write one story of around 1000 words, with scope for regular or ad hoc commissions on a freelance basis, as best suits both us and you. Ideally you’d have regular ideas for stories that you would pitch to us, while also being on board for taking commissions from us that align with your interests and experiences as we need them.

Topics could include:

  • How to get into kitesurfing
  • Your experience of cold water immersion
  • Surfing tips to take you to the next level
  • How to find moments of calm in a busy day
  • How to have a better night’s sleep

Have a read of our Magazine for inspiration.

Opportunity for regular commissions:

We’re particularly keen to start a written series of the best surf, kitesurf and wild swimming spots in regions around the world. We would be open to hiring somebody to head up the entire series and commission extra contributors to the series as needed.

When you apply:

  • Read our Tone of Voice guidelines.
  • Submit a brief pitch for your first story (a short paragraph), including the topic, an outline of the angle you would take and why you’re the best person to write it.
  • Submit an example piece of writing in our house style either on what water means to you (at least 500 words).
  • Tell us a bit about you and any connection you have to Vivida (short paragraph)
  • Submit a portfolio (if you have one, no stress if you don’t)

Please note: This is an open job role that we will continue advertising. We will be in touch if we believe you could be suitable for the role, but unfortunately we can’t respond to every applicant as we’re a very small team.

Full-Time Writer

FirstGroup plc is a leading provider of transport services in the UK. During the last year more than 1.4 million passengers a day relied on us to get to work, to school or college, to visit family and friends and much more. Each day every one of our over 30,000 employees works hard to deliver vitally important services for our customers. We are one of the UK’s most experienced rail operators, carrying around 550,000 passengers a day across our four Department for Transport contracted operations and two open access routes.

We are recruiting a Writer/Editor to join the First Rail Holdings Consultancy team. The writing team leads the production of reports and documents in a range of different contexts: from franchise bidding to annual business plans and advice to the Government on the future shape of high speed services on HS2 infrastructure.

You will work with our existing operating companies and partners such as the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd, understanding their objectives, priorities and opportunities to enable you to curate a document from start to finish, both in terms of physical presentation and the sourcing and shaping of the information itself. This is an ideal time to join the First Rail Consultancy team, to gain exposure to a range of developmental challenges and play an instrumental role in ensuring the future success of the business. We offer a competitive salary plus bonuses.

Key Responsibilities

Drafting impactful and accessible reports

  • Managing the report writing process through the stages from initial concept to submitted version
  • Sourcing material through a range of methods including receiving draft copy from subject matter experts, revising existing reports, literature reviews and writing up interviews and workshops
  • Developing written and graphical material – ensuring it is in accessible and plain English
  • Filling emerging gaps to create seamless and meaningful copy
  • Making the subject matter interesting and engaging, even if it is technical and complex
  • Sourcing and managing the graphics, including the presentation of data

Liaising with our Train Operating Companies

  • Engaging with operating company teams to understand their objectives, priorities, opportunities and constraints
  • Participating in reviews and actioning any writing outcomes

Skills and Experience

Key skills include:

  • Excellent knowledge of grammar and applying house styles
  • Capacity to draft quickly and from scratch with the ability to synthesise significant amounts of information
  • Expert listener with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of rail and/or specialist subject area and the confidence to represent the document
  • Capability to structure documents and lead storyboarding processes
  • Ability to collaborate and facilitate closely with colleagues and to cope with multiple subject matters at once
  • Knowledge of working within a controlled project or programme environment
  • High degree of competence in MS Office tools such as MS Word and MS Outlook, for example skills in building document templates and being able to act as the first point of contact for technical issues with the above tools

We require the following relevant experience:

  • Copywriting in business and/or technical environments
  • Producing large documents as part of a large team
  • Taking information from technical specialists and presenting it in accessible plain English
  • Developing strategies and plans for operational teams to deliver
  • Working to demanding and sometimes changing project milestones
  • Consulting or rail bid experience is desirable but by no means essential

Applications are welcomed from candidates who also wish to work flexibly or part time. Work will involve some travel. Candidates who may not be able to travel for good reason should still apply.

For more information, please contact Amy Ekins-Coward at [email protected]

Please submit an application letter, your CV and a 500-word statement on why you believe you’re the perfect fit for this role.

What can we offer you?

  • Pension Scheme
  • 25 days Holiday plus National Bank Holidays
  • Travel Offers for Bus and Rail*
  • Payroll Giving – donate directly from your pay to a Charity of your Choice
  • Shopping Discounts including discounts and cashback on electrical goods, your weekly shop, holidays, cinema trips, car insurance, upgrading your mobile and lots more
  • All employee Share Schemes*
  • Buy as You Earn – Buy as you earn share scheme*
  • Employee Assistance Helpline – free, confidential employee support service provided by an independent provider
  • After 6 months employment

FirstGroup plc welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, age. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive organisation because we believe that diversity brings benefits for our customers, communities and our people. Valuing our differences and drawing on our collective knowledge and experience helps us develop new services, open up new markets and broaden our customer base.

Technical Writer

12 month contract – Up to £180 PD Inside IR35 – Fully Remote

I am currently looking for a Technical Writer to join a global computer software company on a 12 month contract. As the Technical Writer you will need the following:

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Experience writing and editing developer documentation
  • Ability to lead documentation projects
  • Experience or familiarity with authoring systems such as oXygen and XMetaL

If this role is of any interest, please apply!

Morgan McKinley is acting as an Employment Agency and references to pay rates are indicative.