ESSENCE is Looking for a Commerce Editor

ESSENCE is Looking for a Commerce Editor

Cori Murray, Deputy Editor at ESSENCE Posted

"Hey do you know someone who loves to shop, write and edit? @Essence
is hiring a commerce editor. Apply here 👉🏾"

Help conceive, execute and produce shoppable content with the editorial voice across ESSENCE platforms, which include ESSENCE magazine, and ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans.

This position reports to: Lifestyle Director + Style & Beauty Editor


  • Work closely with lifestyle and style (fashion & beauty) team leads ideating and curating editorial shoppable lists, guides and affiliate content across platforms
  • Have a discerning style and analytical eye for developing, pitching, and producing shoppable content targeted to Black women and the African diaspora community

In this role, the Contributing Commerce Editor will:

  • Write, assign, edit, produce and publish commerce/shoppable content, with ESSENCE editorial voice, on and as needed market pages within ESSENCE magazine.
  • Research and pitch African American and global diasporic focused brands, companies and products for Black-owned shoppable lists and gift guides
  • Collaborate with lifestyle and style team leads on content that is optimized for affiliate.
  • Ideate with lifestyle and style team leads on content supporting tentpole cultural events such as national and prominent holidays, as well as significant anniversaries, birthdays and events (Oscars, etc.)
  • Ability to conceptualize and execute big picture ideas each quarter.
  • Have an editorial eye for style
  • Knowledge of lifestyle, wellness, home, style and beauty brands plus big retail shopping dates (Prime Day, Cyber Monday, Wayday, spring/winter shopping events) and have strategy in place to maximize results.
  • Monitor content performance, reviewing traffic analytics to determine SEO opportunities and other data-driven decision-making to inform editorial decisions.
  • Review and edit Stack Commerce content partners to align with ESSENCE editorial voice
  • Maintain knowledge and contacts of African American and global diaspora brands, as well as major and small business brands across categories
  • Maintain editorial calendar and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Collaborate with newsletter editor on daily newsletter placements.
  • Proficient as a digital producer using SEO, WordPress (or compatible CMS) and photo cropping.
  • Maintain knowledge of political and social justice hot topics, as well as race, gender and culture issues and trends
  • Liaison with executive and senior teams across editorial, digital, marketing and live events
  • Able to work both independently and as a key member of our very tight-knit team.
  • A strong writer/editor/digital producer with exceptional interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.


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