Why are we here?
We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news. Now more than ever it’s important to have calm, clear journalism you can trust. We’re not chasing breaking news, but revealing what’s driving it. Built to cover stories not as they happen, but when they’re ready. Where everyone has a seat at the table. Tortoise sets out to bring people together to try and make sense of the world. We’re here to build journalism that lasts.
At Tortoise, we work with partners to build bespoke products and communications solutions built on Tortoise’s code of journalistic values of organised listening, independence and openness.
We are building membership-driven content, events and market intelligence business for C-suite executives and industry professionals. Our Responsible Business Forums attract some of the highest profile CEOs who run the world’s most influential organisations. Supported by world-class industry research, our members pay to access peer-to-peer discussion forums, networking dinners, roundtables and newsletters. We are quickly building a reputation for providing distinctive and influential events and content that attract extremely high calibre members. In addition, our B2C offering drives a scale through our audio content and a smaller but highly desirable audience through our newsletter content.
What’s my personal contribution?
To develop stories and treatments, and create thoughtful, beautifully-produced audio for Tortoise and its commercial partners.
What are my responsibilities & accountabilities?
- Work with the Editors and Reporters of Tortoise to develop a range of podcasts including: limited investigative, narrative series; episodes of Tortoise’s weekly Slow Newscast; and other always-on podcasts.
- Generate new ideas for development which will appeal to our predominantly UK podcast audience, with an eye for future IP potential.
- Turn complex journalistic investigations into a compelling narrative series.
- Produce well-researched, crafted and compelling treatments.
- Identify and develop new talent.
- Manage and direct potential contributors.
- Set production schedules, timelines and budgets.
- Be the main point of contact with our external TV & Film development partner, working with them on ideas and development materials.
What do I know? Useful knowledge, skills and behaviours.
- A minimum of 3 years as a producer in narrative audio, film/television development, or documentary production.
- A successful track record in taking original ideas through to commission and production.
- A demonstrable creative approach to storytelling with sound.
- An awareness of developments in podcasting both in the UK and internationally
- Proven experience in turning complex journalistic investigations into compelling narrative series.
- A demonstrable interest in news, current affairs and investigative journalism.
- Experience of creating draft budgets for productions.
- Experience creating draft production schedules.
- Experience of dealing with third parties in developing ideas and stories.
- Strong organisational and project management skills.
What do I show? Essential behaviours.
- Fluent communication and writing skills.
- A team player who thrives in a collaborative environment.
- Persistence in the face of challenges.
- A flexible approach to work with, a willingness to take on any task in a relatively small team.
- A positive, enthusiastic, can-do attitude to work.
- Embraces diversity and inspires less experienced members of the team.
- Problem solver.
Salary & benefits
- Competitive salary & bonus (team and individual)
- 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
- Bunk off birthday (because who wants to work on their birthday?)
- Company pension
- Private healthcare
- Group Life Assurance
- Snacks on tap and regular treats including free lunches, massages and after-work socials
- Tortoisestock – once a year we all head out to the countryside for a weekend of fun and plotting
Working with us
We are a new and progressive business with a diverse, motivated team; a mix of veterans and young people starting out on their careers. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees, and we welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.
How to apply
Send a CV and a short cover note to email@example.com.