S&P Global Oil Markets Reporter in London, United Kingdom


London, Canary Wharf


9A (For internal purposes only)

The Role:

S&P Global Platts is the leading provider of energy pricing, news, and analytics. We are seeking an Oil Pricing Reporter for a 12 month maternity cover to join our Oil Markets team covering Europe and Africa crude oil, based in our London office.The Oil Markets Price Reporter will gather information from a variety of contacts and market sources to write news stories and market commentary, and produce daily price assessments and analysis on a specified oil market.

For ambitious and driven reporters, we offer huge opportunities for progression and career development, through travel assignments, public speaking engagements, and placements across our three main offices in Houston, New York and Singapore, and a global network of local offices including Argentina, China, Japan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The Oil Price Reporter Will:

Provide daily price assessments for Platts oil price benchmarks, analyzing information gathered in the Platts Market On Close process using Platts methodology.

Write timely news stories and market commentary on the oil markets across Europe and Africa.

Build, maintain and develop a list of market contacts and sources. You will be networking on a daily basis to keep abreast of new market developments.

Research, collate and assess value objectively in the oil markets, and write pricing analysis to explain how the assessment was produced.

Monitor new trends, new deals and important market intelligence in the crude oil market. The ideal candidate will have a passion for journalism - market reporting and will possess strong networking skills in order to build contacts with senior industry representatives. You will be fearless in seeking out and investigating potential news stories and ensuring that our publications provide reliable, detailed and accurate price data.


    • Assess markets:*

The market reporter in this position assesses the value of our commodity markets, accurately and fully in line with our rigorous and well-known methodology. The market reporter will survey market participants throughout the day; publish price updates through the day, especially all information that might be used in assessing value; run an intensive one-hour or so window period from at the end of the assessment day; demonstrate a thorough understanding of Platts' methodology; be rigorous when using mathematics and excel spreadsheets; demonstrate ability to do a full set of assessments without the aid of a spreadsheet; and ensure our methodology for market is up to date.

    • Write high-quality market commentaries:*

The market reporter is responsible for writing commentaries associated with his or her assessments. The commentaries are intended to help our readers better understand what is happening in the market, and to better understand how we have arrived at our assessments. The reporter should file commentaries as news stories before midday if markets are volatile or unusually interesting; avoid repetitive and formulaic commentaries, where the same structures and phrases are used every day; closely monitor relevant inter-product and inter-region spreads; and ensure commentaries meet our editorial standards for writing and reporting.

    • Report news about the markets:*

The market reporter is responsible for reporting news and analysis relating to his or her market. The new should help our readers understand issues in the marketplace, whether they are traders, analysts, government regulators, working in the supply chain, or in another walk of life. Relevant stories include news about supply and demand developments, government data, new developments in regulations, trader movement news, general analysis of price trends, and other relevant topics. The market reporter should provide a good blend of standard news reportingthe news that needs to be donewith creative "enterprise" reporting that generates original reporting for S&P Global Platts; file a reasonable quantity of stories relevant to their markets and we prize the quality and originality of news reports over sheer quantity alone; regularly file stories before lunchtime; work closely with the news desk, the Managing Editor, and others to identify and write good news stories about issues the markets; demonstrate a strong sense of what news our readers want to see, and be a vocal contributor to regular news meetings with the team.

    • Engage with the industry:*

The market reporter is responsible for engaging with market sources around the region, including those who are not regularly in the Market-on-Close assessment process. Excellent engagement helps ensure we are close to market developments, methodology development is strong, story writing is creative, and that channels of communication are established and open with market sources. The market reporter should find and nurture new market sources; maintain a good relationship with existing sources; ensure source lists are up to date and stored on the network in line with our Editorial Standard for source maintenance; send summaries of meetings to manager and immediate colleagues; avoid an over-reliance on Instant Messaging, try to talk to each source at least once a week, and meet with different sources for lunch about once a week; handle complaints in line with Editorial Standard for complaints management

Other Required Accountabilities:

Meet deadlines:

In the office by 9.30am London time; Publish assessments by 6.30pm; Publish commentaries by 7.00pm.

Meet Platts editorial standards:

Ensure all methodology initiatives are managed through MTT

Meet Platts editorial standards:

Follow house reporting style

Meet Platts editorial standards:

Correct less than 0.25% of assessments published

Meet Platts editorial standards:

Handle enquiries and complaints effectively

  • Your Skills -

Degree educated, preferably in a subject that demonstrates strong writing & numerical skills, ideally in languages, economics, journalism, or a humanities subject.

Experience gathering information and writing industry news to tight deadlines.

Knowledge of the oil, energy or other commodity sectors.

Expert writing, grammar and numeracy skills, and excellent communication skills with the ability to network and build contacts with industry specialists.

Strong mathematical skills and familiarity with Excel