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International employment law editor – XpertHR


Overview of role

XpertHR has a vacancy for an editor for our suite of country-specific international employment law guides.

The International employment law editor will take day-to-day responsibility for the guides, which provide an overview of employment law in 45 key global jurisdictions for HR professionals. Commissioning new and updated content from expert contributors based around the world, the editor will ensure that the guides are kept accurate and up to date for our audience of HR practitioners, and that new content is published in line with our high editorial standards.


This rewarding role offers interesting and stimulating work directed at ensuring that employers' needs for up-to-date compliance about international employment laws are met.

This role would suit an individual with, ideally, both editorial skills and employment law knowledge, and is an excellent opportunity to take on a key role in our editorial team.

The international employment law editor will be accountable to a managing editor who takes overall responsibility for our international guides, and will work alongside a team of UK employment law editors, HR practice editors and others working on XpertHR, the market-leading online HR resource.


The role is full time (five days a week).

Desired skills and experience

Ideally, you should have both editorial skills and knowledge of employment law in one or more jurisdictions. In addition to good interpersonal skills and the written communication skills necessary to explain technical legal issues clearly to non-lawyers, you will have a good eye for detail, an excellent command of the English language, an ability to deal with complex legal text and good time-management skills.

You are likely to have experience of editing legal text. We do not require you to be a qualified legal practitioner, but you will probably have experience working in a law firm, a legal department or with HR practitioners, and either hold a law degree or similar qualification, or be able to demonstrate that you have a good level of legal knowledge.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the allocated international content on XpertHR is kept fully up to date and adheres to the required style, prioritising updates in line with business requirements
  • Building and managing international contributor relationships, including setting clear expectations and deadlines for providing updates and new content and ensuring that they are adhered to
  • Obtaining regular updates from international contributors and commissioning new content when required
  • Checking, editing and publishing updates and new content received from international contributors, at all times ensuring accuracy, readability and relevance
  • Ensuring that updates and new content are published within the required time lines and to the required standard
  • Keeping appropriate people informed of and recording status and progress on work
  • Ensuring that all communications with contributors are filed appropriately and diligently
  • Identifying and appointing new international contributors when required
  • Writing material on existing and forthcoming international regulation – at all times ensuring accuracy and readability
  • Peer-checking colleagues' work (spelling, grammar, consistency, house style, accuracy, tone, readability)
  • Legal research, as required
  • Dealing appropriately with subscriber/potential subscriber queries and requests
  • Making sure that work by contributors is covered by appropriate copyright, etc agreements and their tax status is assessed and documented

Person specification

  • Accurate and pays attention to detail
  • Knowledge of employment law in one or more jurisdictions
  • Ability to recognise the impact of legal regulation on the workplace, and the ensuing practical implications for HR, line managers and business owners
  • Understands the need to tailor information to customers' requirements
  • Good work organisation, administration and time management skills
  • Good proofreading, editing and writing skills
  • Ability to identify and rectify complex legal text from international contributors that may be misleading, unclear or superfluous
  • Ability to prioritise work to reflect business needs, seeking guidance where necessary
  • Ability to work under own initiative, taking responsibility for the accuracy and timeliness of output
  • Ability to work with content management systems to upload, edit, publish and manage online content
  • Shares skills and knowledge effectively
  • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude
  • In touch with web trends and familiar with social media use


    About XpertHR

    XpertHR is a market leading, multi-award-winning online subscription service for HR professionals, providing the most comprehensive source of compliance, good practice and benchmarking information available.

    XpertHR is a division of Reed Business Information (RBI). RBI provides information and online data services to business professionals worldwide. Customers have access to our high-value industry data, analytics, information and tools. Our strong global products and services hold market-leading positions across a wide range of industry sectors including banking, petrochemicals and aviation where we help customers make key strategic decisions every day. RBI is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

    RBI is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

    RBI benefits package: RBI pays competitive salaries and has a comprehensive set of benefits.

    Please apply by providing a full covering letter along with your CV. The covering letter should set out your suitability for the role and your reasons for applying.

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