Editor, Net Magazine
As the guardian of all content for the brand, you'll be working to produce this 4-weekly title and its digital edition, manage its social sites and contribute to its web presence. You'll also play a pivotal role in generate, our international web design event. If you're hard-working, enthusiastic and full of creative ideas we'd love to hear from you.
Location: Bournemouth (candidates who wish to work mainly from the Bath office will also be considered, with 2 days per week working from the Bournemouth office)
Future's Magazine department has been world-leading for over 30 years, boasting best-in-class brands across many sectors. Home to the likes of Classic Rock, T3, Total Film, PC Gamer and How It Works, Future's magazines are published across the world in print and digital form.
With over 50 periodicals published every month and nearly 500 bookazines and specials published every year, Future prides itself in having a magazine department that's always first and best to market.
New staff will join a team of over 240 reporting through either Editorial, Design, Production, Subscriptions or Circulation. Led by the Managing Director, the department is aligned in its efforts to inspire readers with great content, to build and maintain its valuable customer relationships and to support the wider Future group with resilient profit.
Job Summary & Purpose
The Editor is the manager of a magazine. They are the key influencer of inputs and outcomes in day-to-day magazine operations, from approving commissions and contributors to final checking pages.
The Editor's main concern is content quality, which they are responsible for. Future demands that its content is targeted at the right audience, informative, entertaining and sensitive to both the time(s) and place(s) it will be published in.
The Editor achieves this primarily through expert management of editorial contributors and on-team staff. This involves excellent communication in briefs and commissions and strict control of deadlines and expenditure. Forward planning is also needed with advice from the Group Editor-in-Chief to ensure the magazine is aligned with strategies.
The Editor also safeguards content quality through final checking pages before they go to press. The Editor is the last individual in the workstream to sign off the pages and is therefore responsible for their final quality and adherence to libel laws and content rights.
The Editor is tasked with managing each issue using strict workflow and budget controls ensuring that every issue goes to press on time and on budget. The Editor is responsible for ensuring that all commissions are best value and given deadlines that mean the production of an issue experiences smooth development.
It is also upon the Editor to ensure all content is commissioned and created to the best possible rights agreement whereby the preferred is with fully assigned rights and the least acceptable is one-time use.
Where an Editor has staff directly reporting into them, the responsibility for the staff's development and performance sits with the Editor. It is with the Editor to manage their staff so that productivity is optimal and the on-team and in-company culture is exemplary. The Editor is an evangelist of the company's values and as such leads in line with the company's purpose and direction.
As the individual with largest direct day-to-day influence on the product, the Editor's efforts support the sales, marketing, commercial and licensing efforts, although the Editor is not ultimately responsible for the outcome in those areas.
Integral to producing each issue of net is producing a digital edition, which is created in Future's own Folio software. On the job training can be given, but previous experience using Folio would be an advantage. The editor is also responsible for running the magazine's social media sites.
The editor of net is responsible for elements of our web design event generate, such as helping to pick the speakers, elements of marketing such as writing regular blogs for CreativeBloq, and being a noticeable presence on the day. Extra duties for this may also be required, such as hosting at the event.
Due to the specialist nature of the magazine, it's the Editor's responsibility to immerse themselves in the web design community, learning about the latest trends and attending networking events as the face of the magazine to build industry relationships, as well as potential advertising contacts. Some travel and overnight stays may be involved with this.
Key role responsibilities
- Content quality
- Staff performance and development
- Contributor budget control
- Workflow management
- Rights management
- Supporting sales performance
- Supporting commercial initiatives
- Supporting marketing initiatives
- Supporting the events team
Essential skills and experience
- Experience managing a periodical magazine or a periodical magazine section
- Experience working with designers and writers to create finished, published articles
- Experience managing commissions from end to end
- Experience managing budgets
- Experience with rights management
- Experience representing company / magazine brands at industry events
- Experience meeting with PRs
- Excellent communication and reporting skills
- Experience working with advertising and marketing teams