Associate Editor

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WGSN is the #1 global authority on consumer and design trends and our product intelligence on WGSN Fashion helps clients create the right products at the right time.  With over 20 years of experience and a network of more than 250 strategists around the globe, WGSN powers the most valuable brands across the world in consumer goods, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, interiors, food and drink.

It is a very exciting time for our business and teams.   If you are looking for your next role, take a look below. 

WGSN are looking for a versatile, commercially focused and highly motivated Associate Editor and trend forecaster to join our Kids wear team to cover maternity leave. You will have an excellent knowledge of brands, market segmentation and global trend nuances across Tween, Kids and baby/toddler. 

This opportunity is ideal for an individual who has had a few years experience within the kids wear market and is from either a design, trend concept or buying background. You will report to the Editor of Kids wear based in the UK and will be part of a close knit and successful product design team that is not only creating product trends but is always considering where innovation, shifts in lifestyle and emerging kid culture will impact the kids wear market.  


Your Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of the global Kids’ market from forecast vision through to commercial trends across fashion
  • Strong written English skills with the ability to express and ‘unpack’ trend directions relating to Boys, Girls, Tween and Baby categories
  • Good Adobe illustrator and Photoshop skills 
  • Ability to take ownership of personal assignments, prioritise workload and provide support to other team members
  • An understanding of the role data and analytics plays in commercial success. Ability to analyse data and pinpoint trends that will impact the market.
  • Proven quality of research and personal output
  • Excellent organisation, communication and collaboration skills with the ability to work within an international team to ensure production standards, reports or outputs are of a consistently high standard and submitted on time

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to trends research and analysis across Boys, Girls, Tween and Baby (ages 0-13) with a focus on apparel, footwear and accessories
  • Deliver concise written trend analysis reports showing a clear understanding of our subscribers’ needs
  • Support the team in the research and creation of kids seasonal forecast reports
  • Creation of original CAD work for Boys, Girls and Baby apparel, footwear and accessories categories
  • Commission freelance content for publication, with direction from Head of Kids
  • Travel globally to report on industry events such as trades shows
  • Collaborate and support the Kids team on wider content projects as and when required
  • Contribute to WGSN's Fashion Feed
  • Contribution to overall content team objectives 


Why choose us?

At Ascential, diversity, equity and inclusion is core to us. We’re a company built around our people - and we’re committed to supporting each and every one of them to be the best they can be. We love having a diverse team of people who bring new ideas and different strengths and perspectives to Ascential. Our employee-led networks, Ascential Pride, Black in Business and EmPower: An Ascential Women's Initiative, help us to create a place where communities and allies can connect and share experiences. In addition, our Early Talent programmes help grow and foster diverse new talent for our sectors. 

We are committed to supporting the environment and sustainability, including ensuring our pension plan defaults to sustainable options and striving to be net zero by 2030. 

Recognising great performance is a key part of our culture. Our Awards schemes recognise and reward the brilliant achievements of our people. 

We have a truly flexible working environment with a wide range of flexible, hybrid and agile-working arrangements. Conversations about flexible working have always been - and will continue to be - actively encouraged here.

Our benefits and wellbeing package offers flexible benefits you can tailor to your own personal needs, including: 

  • 25 days of holiday per year  - with an option to buy/ sell up to 5 days
  • Pension, Life Assurance and Income Protection
  • Flexible benefits platform with options including Private Medical, Dental Insurance, Critical Illness and the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Employee assistance programme, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities and charitable giving options
  • Great learning and development opportunities

We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to perform their best when interviewing, so if you require any reasonable adjustments that would make you more comfortable during the process, please let us know so that we can do our best to support you.

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