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Retail reporter, The Grocer

William Reed Business Media
Eligible to work part of the week from our Crawley office and to work remotely for the rest of the week.
Competitive Salary 
Closing date
2 Jan 2022
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Retail reporter, The Grocer

The Grocer is the UK’s biggest and most dynamic business magazine, and we’re looking for a bright, experienced and ambitious B2B reporter to help us break major stories about the wildly diverse, colourful and fast-paced food & drink grocery retail and wholesale sector.

Amid systemic political, technological, structural and consumer upheaval, this is a fascinating time to be reporting on the £200bn grocery sector.

The bible of the grocery retail market and the flagship title of the highly successful William Reed group, The Grocer is one of the UK’s most influential and high-profile business media publications, and has won countless awards for its campaigning and investigative approach in its 160 year history.

Working on The Grocer means you will join a big team of award-winning journalists on an innovative and progressive publication, with lots of training and career development opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

You’ll be expected to engage in and uncover stories around how a host of grocery retailers and wholesalers (big and small) are adapting (or not) to the challenges and opportunities, including product shortages, online delivery, the death of the high street, the recovery of the out of home sector, as well as issues such as crime, technology, food waste, the environment, social media, veganism, product innovation etc.

In doing so you’ll be examining and discovering crucial information on strategy and performance, hirings and firings, pricing and promo strategy, merchandising, service, availability and the supply chain, e-commerce, store design, property and planning, marketing and many more.

So tell us what you can offer and what you’re interested in and we’ll try to match your skills with our needs. This role will encompass a range of different responsibilities, but it starts with great journalism, landing exclusive news stories, writing in depth analysis, features, reports, profiles, blogs and video/audio content, across a range of topics.

Experience / Skills

  • A demonstrable nose for news
  • Ambition and the desire to succeed and progress
  • Ability to engage, network and exert valuable information and insight from senior level contacts
  • Multimedia and data-journalism skills

The ideal candidate will already have business news experience, either in a B2B/trade press setting, on a regional paper, or relevant website, but we also welcome applications for those looking to convert transferrable skills such as curiosity, numeracy and storytelling ability if the aptitude is there.

We provide a supportive work environment and are committed to maintaining a healthy work/life balance for all of our employees. Working for William Reed means that you will be joining a stable organisation that is committed to developing its employees and brands.

We have offices in Gatwick and London, UK; Montpellier, France; Singapore and Chicago, US. In line with the Company’s current Agile Working Policy, the successful candidate would be eligible to work part of the week from our Crawley office and to work remotely for the rest of the week.

We warmly welcome and encourage applications from talented individuals of all backgrounds and characteristics. If you need any support in accessing this opportunity, please do not hesitate to discuss this with us.


  • Competitive Salary 
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays 
  • Contributory Pension 
  • Life Assurance Scheme 
  • Group Income Protection 


If you are interested in applying for the position, please email with:

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • A one-page cover letter telling us why your experience and skills are a match for this role
  • Any links or PDF examples of your journalistic output, to demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge.

We look forward to hearing from you.


William Reed Business Media is a leading B2B publisher with an extensive range of high-quality, award-winning products serving the UK food and drink industry in the grocery, retailing, drinks, hospitality and food manufacturing sectors.

From retail to hospitality, manufacturing to grocery, William Reed Business Media has been providing market-leading business information to the food and drinks sector for almost 150 years.

Business-to-business media has been the group’s core area of expertise, ever since William Reed launched The Grocer magazine in 1862.

Five generations later, the Reed family still runs the company, overseeing a steadily expanding international portfolio of magazines, websites, business guides, exhibitions, conferences, events, data services, directories and newsletters.

Guided by clearly defined values , William Reed Business Media strives to provide the best possible products and services in our chosen markets. The group has moved with the times and invested significantly in developing and improving products.

A number of successful strategic acquisitions throughout William Reed’s history have also boosted growth.

Our exhibitions, industry awards and events bring together people from all areas of the food, drink and hospitality sectors and provide them with opportunities to do business together.

Investment in digital media is growing steadily too, with a completely refreshed corporate site and a stable of flourishing online titles. The acquisition of Decision News Media has expanded the group’s new media activity even further and covers food, beverage, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

The future promises exciting opportunities, with more investment in people and product development, greater deployment of new technologies and the prospect of further acquisitions.






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West Sussex
RH11 9RT
United Kingdom
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