The Financial Times is looking for a Milan correspondent to cover Italian business and finance.

This is one of the most prominent and varied corporate beats in the European network, ranging from industrial giants through to luxury goods manufacturers and niche family companies, as well as the financial services sector and financial markets. 

Italy is a land of contradictions. It is stuck with weak growth, high public debt and a fragile banking sector. Yet it also has immense private wealth, the second-biggest manufacturing sector in Europe, a sizeable global trade surplus and many cutting-edge industrial firms. 

We are looking for a self-starting, experienced financial journalist who can dig out original stories in a country where the truth can often be elusive and bring to life the colourful characters and distinctively Italian way of doing business. It is primarily a corporate beat but there is scope to write about society, culture and the local politics.

Key duties:

  • Generate scoops and original stories about the specialist sectors you cover
  • Cooperate effectively with colleagues in Rome, across Europe and around the world on international stories
  • Conduct interviews and carry out research for deeper analyses and articles about Italian companies, business leaders and entrepreneurs 
  • Demonstrate numeracy and proficiency in handling data
  • Produce simple charts and identify opportunities to collaborate with Visual and Data Journalism team
  • Demonstrate expertise in reporting across all digital platforms 
  • Engage with our audience through social media and interactive content 
  • Weekend shifts are required as part of the team rota

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will speak good Italian and be an enthusiastic reporter and competent writer capable of producing longer, well-structured pieces about Italian business as well as rapid, accurate news stories. An ability to collaborate freely with editors and fellow correspondents is essential. 

All staff are welcome to apply for Editorial vacancies as part of a flexible working arrangement. If you believe this role can be managed part-time or as a job share then please provide details as part of your application. All proposals will be considered seriously. While approval will be conditional on the demands of the role and team, the FT is committed to being responsive to the needs of its staff and the different ways they may want to work. 

Applications should be made via Workday by 19 November 2019.

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