To be part of putting together the daily news can be exciting - as long as you are the one reporting it, not being in it. For those on the safe side of the fence, a career in the fast-paced newspaper industry could be the stimulation you seek. If you have at least 15 years' experience writing, editing and managing people at an Asian publication, this opportunity may be for you. Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper needs an experienced team player who understands the finer details of the industry to co-ordinate its business. The South China Morning Post is hiring a managing editor to create a daily news product of the highest quality while enhancing the efficiency of editorial operations. 'It is a relatively unique, senior-level role which is diverse and has a strategic focus, relying heavily on strong leadership skills,' said Guy Day, managing director of recruitment firm Ambition. Diplomatic personalities will excel in this upper-level appointment as the position requires co-ordination between departments to ensure each has adequate support. The incumbent will work closely with the editor and other senior management to implement the company's strategic plan. In particular, the aim will be to link editorial efforts to business results. 'Ideally, we're looking for a seasoned newspaper editorial professional who also has a good grasp of business principles, in particular key financial drivers,' Mr Day said. In particular, applicants should have proven experience managing operating budgets. A keen understanding of business principles and the financial aspects of the information industry is essential. Candidates are likely to be drawn from the best national and regional newspapers. A thorough knowledge of the newspaper business and the various tasks performed by the newsroom is important. 'At the very least they will have worked within the publishing sector and have previous exposure to the newspaper industry,' Mr Day said. Managing and motivating people is a large element of the managing editor position, as is the ability to create a newsroom culture that is customer-driven with a strong sense of urgency. The deadline-driven environment means only personalities who can analyse situations and make sound decisions quickly should apply. Directing news professionals and dealing effectively with the public at a moment's notice should be second nature. Those interested in the job should have a track record of hiring good people, have a commitment to diversity and be capable of maintaining stability through staff retention. This role necessitates making suggestions on ways to improve newspaper sections, and staying abreast of news content and competition.