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The Actuary magazine: Editor (paid role)

Would you like to be the editor of The Actuary?

The current editor will step down at the end of 2019, and we are now seeking to hear from a highly motivated, enthusiastic member of the IFoA to join the experienced editorial team of the magazine from January 2020 for a duration of two years.

  • Do you have the energy, dedication and skillset to take on this leading role?
  • Do you have the creativity, yet eye for detail, to work on a quality publication?

The role requires a candidate with excellent communication skills, an ability to work under pressure, and the strategic vision to develop the magazine at a time when the role of the actuary is evolving.

We estimate that the role of the Editor is expected to involve six to eight days a month, although this may vary due to the demands of the magazine.

Closing date

8 July 2019

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to:

Task and person specification

Task specification

The role

The Editor is responsible for all technical editorial content of The Actuary. (This excludes IFoA news, IFoA content pages, promotions, advertising and news content featured on the website /Jobsites /social media). The Editor will be a key part of the Publishing team, which comprises representatives from the IFoA; the Publisher (Managing Editor and staff as appropriate); and the Editorial team, which includes all appointed section editors.

The Editor will:

  • Outline a strategy for the magazine in the first three months of their editorship. This strategy will incorporate the themes of the magazine over the duration of the editorship, being informed by the strategy of the outgoing editor and the IFoA’s strategic vision, and will respond to trends within the actuarial profession and wider society. The strategy will be a collaboration between the IFoA, the Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP) and the Editor.
  • Support the Editorial Team in sourcing, collating and editing content submitted to the magazine. The Editor will provide oversight of this process, ensuring technical accuracy of all material.
  • Write a monthly editorial, collate the letters page(s) and respond to any readership enquiries.
  • Attend monthly production meetings with the Publishing team to monitor progress of the content pipeline. The production meetings are a forum for collaboration, ideas and recommendations for the development of new content, where constructive discussion and participation from all parties is encouraged. The Production meetings will be jointly chaired between the Editor, the IFoA and the Managing Editor.
  • In collaboration with the IFoA, be responsible for reviewing all proofs provided by the publisher from a technical/actuarial perspective, according to the agreed production timetable.
  • In collaboration with the IFoA, be ultimately responsible for resolving any disputes that may arise in relation to the magazine and its contributors and/or readers.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with key committees and individuals within the IFoA, to foster greater coordination of activities and content for the magazine.
  • Be required to conduct external magazine interviews, with support from the Publishing team.
  • When required, appoint new members to the Editorial Team, in agreement with the IFoA, who will participate in the interview process, if necessary.
  • Attend monthly Management Committee meetings with the IFoA and the Publisher.
  • Be available for ad hoc events held under The Actuary brand; i.e. webinars and roundtable events.


The Editor is usually appointed for a term of two years, although an individual is permitted to apply to the IFoA for an additional 1-year term.

Time Commitment

The role of the Editor is expected to involve six to eight days a month, although as noted earlier this may vary due to the demands of the magazine.

Person Specification

The Editor is required to have the following:

  • Membership of the IFoA. It is an advantage if the candidate is a qualified actuary with several  years of post-qualified experience and a wide range of experience and interests.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Effective stakeholder management skills.
  • Excellent editorial/documentation skills including grammar, spelling and an eye for detail.
  • Excellent communication skills - the ability to communicate goals with others and provide constructive feedback so that writing/editing meets magazine editorial guidelines.
  • Be a strong, collaborative team player.
  • Critical thinking - the ability to use logic and reasoning to identify and manage alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Excellent time and project management skills – managing one's own time to meet deadlines while maintaining a flexible approach.
  • Solid networking skills with external contacts/potential leads at industry events.
  • The ability to work effectively and flexibly under pressure.

This role will be an office holder of the IFoA and will be remunerated at the rate of £500 per month, paid through the IFoA payroll. Any expenses incurred in the role are recoverable in line with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries expenses policy.

Contact Details

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    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
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    Five plenaries and 13 workshops cover current topics and industry trends in the Pension sector with the opportunity to develop your network at the pre-conference evening dinner (18 June).  There is also a day ticket option available for the 19 June. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

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    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

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  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Fully booked.

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

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    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
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    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • IFoA/SAS Joint Professional Skills Training – Singapore

    Room 903, NTUC Centre, Level 9, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Singapore Actuarial Society (SAS) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Singapore. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Webinar Series: Risk and Investment Conference 2019, 26 June

    These are online webinar events.
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  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

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    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

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    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
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    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
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    Spaces available

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  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Spaces available

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    For more information on the FRG please visit this webpage

  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

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  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
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    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 


  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
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    Spaces available

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