Reporting to the Editorial Director, the Editor is responsible for aiding the running of the Bookazine department by planning content; organising workflow; sub-editing copy to house style; fitting InDesign pages; championing accuracy and appropriateness of all editorial copy and ensuring that all deadlines are met. You are also expected to commission freelance work, liaise with members of the team, create templates, contribute to idea generation and take an active role in maintaining the high standards of the product. The Editor role takes on extra responsibilities within the department, working alongside the Editorial Director to manage the overall running of the department.
The job requires attention to detail, exceptional organisation skills, a calm approach and self-discipline.
Future holds a strong position in the global specialist interest media market, combining strong partnerships with manufacturers and a cross-media approach. We have a reach across, online, print, tablet, mobile and events. We deliver trusted, expert content to our readers however and wherever they want it. Our product coverage and reviews help people make better buying decisions and our “how to” content helps them improve and become more proficient in areas they love.
Future is a market-leader in the Bookazine field. Producing over 700 books a year, the Bookazine market is an exciting area of our print portfolio. Covering a huge range of subjects – from technology and videogames to history and craft – the products cater to a huge global audience.
Key role responsibilities
- Sub-editing copy to the given criteria including: adherence to house style/tone, word count, grammatical accuracy, legal accuracy, spelling, complying with other details in commissions.
- Fitting InDesign pages with all the above criteria, adding or amending captions, standfirsts, headers, etc, where necessary and ensuring page numbers, folios and other page furniture are correct and consistent.
- Making amendments and approving PDF proofs.
- De-archiving content, and organising the content effectively.
- Actively working with designers to ensure content is accurate and to the high standards required, and deadlines are adhered to.
- Researching subjects to ensure a decent understanding of the topics, and ensuring content is up to date.
- Policing flow of content from commission to page approval, chasing external contributors and team members where necessary. Setting deadlines and writing commissions when directed.
- Planning content and being responsible for the flatplan of an issue.
- Management of freelance and budgets.
- Completing admin related to the completion of a product.
- Aiding the Editorial Director in the management of the department, overseeing areas they’re specifically responsible for.
Essential skills and experience
- Experience as a Production Editor or Sub Editor on a monthly consumer magazine (or an exceptional production assistant looking to step up).
- Rigorous standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.
- Organisation and time-management skills.
- The ability to research and plan content for a wide variety of subject areas.
- Effective communication and teamwork skills.
- Ability to use InDesign as well as standard word processing and spreadsheet software packages.
- Self-motivation, responsibility, and enthusiasm.
Desirable skills and experience
- NCTJ qualification.
As well as our standard benefits, we have a number of perks available to our staff including:
- Unlimited annual leave (yes, you read that right!)
- A share in our success – every member of staff receives a profit pool bonus at the end of our financial year
- Free digital magazine subscriptions and access to back copies of our print magazines and bookazines
- Discounted gym membership and onsite health & wellbeing
- Regular staff socials arranged by our wonderful Employee Community & Culture committees
- Huge opportunities to learn and develop whether through professional qualifications, exposure to incredible business projects or informal lunch & learns, hosted by your colleagues
- Give something back – Future will match your personal charity fundraising efforts up to £300