Bureau Chief, Gulf

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Bureau Chief for the Gulf region

Reuters is seeking an experienced journalist to lead a top quality financial news and multimedia file from the Gulf, a volatile region of profound importance to energy supplies, trade and investment flows and international security.

The Gulf, where Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran compete fiercely for hegemonic control, is passing through critical times. The two rivals are locked in proxy conflicts, including the conflict in Yemen; and the crisis that pits Qatar against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Gulf countries.

The recent shake-up in the Saudi royal family, placing Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince and next in line to the throne, amounts to an absorbing and potentially volatile succession story, as the 31-year old presses ahead to seize the reins of absolute power and attempts to reinvent the Kingdom as a dynamic, entrepreneurial economy.

The region also has one of the world's great business stories of 2017: the partial privatization of state owned Saudi Aramco, a bold initiative pushed by the crown prince and watched closely by the international investment community.

Across the waterway, patrolled by the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet and allied navies, OPEC power Iran, under its ageing leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is fitfully reopening an economy long restricted by sanctions, a process followed warily by President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's hereditary ruling family, both fierce critics of Tehran's revolutionary theocracy.

Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman make up the rest of the region, home to the core Gulf Arab OPEC oil exporters, world class airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, energy and logistics companies and some of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds with high-profile transnational holdings in sectors from banking and property to media, sport and art.

The successful candidate will manage and lead a diverse and multi-skilled team of journalists who break news and deliver deep and insightful stories across the file. She/he will be based in Dubai, where most of the team reporting the Gulf Arab states is based. The Iran reporting team is split across four countries and requires close coordination and guidance.

To compete effectively against a relentless opposition, he/she must promote a training and skill-sharing culture to develop the team's collective mastery of macroeconomic, political and company news, and commodities and energy, key specialties we must continue to dominate.

The Gulf is a testing and fast-paced environment. The Bureau Chief should be a skillful communicator and manager, both within the bureau and across the regional editorial network, ensuring collaboration between all the ways Reuters tells stories: Television, text – both short and long-form – pictures and graphics. The role requires a candidate who can handle both breaking news, and longer enterprise stories.

  • Strong writing and reporting skills.
  • Proven ability to lead from the front, breaking news and setting the agenda.
  • Strong leadership skills to inspire, train and manage a large, diverse team.
  • Sound understanding of client needs across all the asset classes, experience of reporting Middle Eastern financial stories.
  • Ability to generate great story ideas, including enterprise pieces.
  • Able to make and cultivate contacts in often secretive, conservative societies, producing exclusive news stories, and encourage his or her team to do the same.
  • Multimedia skills an advantage
  • Fluent Arabic a distinct advantage

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