Work for The Skinny

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Glasgow-based film writers
Assistant Bookkeeper
Editor – Fest Magazine
Deputy Editor – Fest Magazine
Production Manager – Fest Magazine
Artworker – Fest Magazine
Sales & Marketing Executive
Venues editors (North of England and Glasgow)
Lead writers (North)
Contributors (Writers, illustrators, photographers)
Local interest writers (North)

The Skinny is an independent, creative company that seeks to connect curious readers with interesting artists and events.  We have 21 employees and up to 350 freelance contributors at any one time. We aim to offer freedom within your role to work towards our company goals and business vision.


ASSISTANT BOOKKEEPER

The Skinny is well established as Scotland and the North’s largest events and listings magazine and after a significant year of growth we need more administrative firepower!

We’re looking to take on an assistant bookkeeper to support our General Manager – who currently manages all the in house components of Radge Media’s bookeeping – in keeping up with an expanding business.

Role and responsibilities

Customer ledger
*Maintenance of contact database
*Creation of all invoices from our in-house CRM to Xero (about 100-150 every month)
*Debt chasing on overdue advertising invoices via phone and email
*Reminder statements by email every month

Supplier ledger
*Entry of all purchases from paper and email on Xero
*Staff expenses management

Payroll management / freelancer invoices
*Checking and processing freelancer invoices for payment
*Identifying when individuals need to be added to payroll and coordinating P45s/New Starter Checklists

Reconciling on Xero
*Matching bank entries with customer and supplier ledgers

Team support
*Assisting on in house queries from the Sales Team regarding customer accounts
*Updating the sales team with a monthly report on overdue clients
*Related financial and administration tasks as required

Month to month these duties will be for The Skinny’s main print and digital platforms, in the summer months we also produce additional publications that we will require mirrored support on.

Essential experience and qualities

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced candidate who should have the following:

*At least one year’s bookkeeping/accounts administrator/accounts assistant experience, ideally within the a small to medium cultural/arts/media business (recent graduates and freelance professionals are also welcome to apply).
*A relevant degree or accountancy qualification (optional, although preferred)
*A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office and accountancy software eg Sage (The Skinny use Xero and on the job training will be provided)

This is a great opportunity to make an impression in a small, dynamic team. You will largely be working independently with flexible hours so you must be self motivated, with a high attention to accuracy and be confident working under your own steam.

This is a permanent position starting early February 2017. You will be located in our Edinburgh office and required to work 8-12 hours/week generally, with increased hours in the summer months to support Radge Media’s additional publications.

To apply: Please email us at jobs@theskinny.co.uk with your CV along with a cover letter.

Salary: The Skinny is a living wage employer, salary will be paid at £15,000 pro rata.

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm Monday 30 Jan 2017**


EDITOR – Fest Magazine

Fest is the biggest free guide to the Edinburgh festivals and The Skinny’s sister title. Fest publishes a preview edition at the end of July and five biweekly review editions during August, plus additional coverage on festmag.co.uk.

Radge Media is looking for an editor to lead the production of Fest for the 2017 festivals. The editor must communicate a vision of Fest under their editorship, reflecting the areas of comedy, theatre, music and kids’ shows in an open and accessible tone. The editor must recruit and manage a team of contributors, including lead critics, to ensure coverage of the Edinburgh Festivals is as exhaustive as possible. This requires planning and commissioning all content for each issue of Fest Magazine and for festmag.co.uk, and creating and managing a review schedule for the August editions alongside an overall production schedule for all editions.

The Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, and Fest is a key reviewing presence. The Fest editor must therefore act as a figurehead for the magazine in an industry setting. The Fest editor must also work closely with the Director to explore means to develop the Fest brand in the Edinburgh festivals and beyond.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, sociable, and able to work effectively under pressure. The candidate will be able to meet the changing demands of the festival environment, all while maintaining Fest’s leading position in the marketplace.

Key skills and experience
* Well versed in the performing arts
* Impeccable spelling and grammar, with a strong command of style and tone
* Comfortable with magazine publishing formats and procedures
* Familiarity with design conventions, particularly typesetting
* Experience editing large amounts of copy to a high standard and to tight deadlines
* Experience working with style guides - and enforcing them
* Experience with CMSs and other bespoke software
* Knowledgeable about SEO practices and online publishing
* Experience with Google Drive, particularly spreadsheets, or other cloud computing services such as DropBox
* Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
* Experience sourcing and selecting press photography, and arranging bespoke photoshoots where required
* Extensive experience attending and ideally covering the Edinburgh Fringe
* Experience establishing good relationships with publicists, particularly in an arts festival environment
* Able to balance the editorial vision of the publication with the commercial needs of the company
* Experience managing editorial budgets and working with freelancers

This is a fixed term contract, part time from March and full time throughout August.

Please email jobs@theskinny.co.uk with your CV and covering letter.

Application deadline midnight Sunday 19 February.

DEPUTY EDITOR – Fest Magazine

Our pals at Fest magazine need a Deputy Editor to work on producing six editions of their award-winning Edinburgh Festivals focused publication over July and August 2017. The successful candidate will work closely with the Editor to assist in the management of print and online content, helping to maintain a high standard of writing and presentation across all platforms. They will be highly skilled in writing, editing, subediting and proofing with an obsessive eye for detail.

Like all Fest staff, they will be passionate and knowledgeable about the Edinburgh Festivals. They will be ready to manage a team of reviewers during the hectic fun of Edinburgh in August. This role will require someone who is adaptable, able to work both reactively and to a schedule to ensure production requirements are met. They will be a skilled communicator, ready to create and maintain happy working relationships both within the existing company and externally with press agents and promoters.

Hours: This role is full time during the Fringe, and part time from April.

To apply: Send a cover letter and CV to jobs@theskinny.co.uk along with writing samples reflecting a range of subjects and styles. The cover letter should include some of your ideas for Fest’s features content in 2017. Please mention Fest Deputy Editor in the subject line.

Application deadline midnight Sunday 19 March 2017.

PRODUCTION MANAGER – Fest Magazine

The core role of the post is to cover the management of images, adverts and the production schedule for Fest in 2017. Responsibilities will include management of advertising artwork and clients, picture editing, working with editorial to commission photography and illustration, publishing content to the website and generally making the office a happy place to be.

We want someone who is supremely organised, with ideas and energy, who can work fast. This role is key to our production cycle and you will need to be level headed under pressure and work well in close quarters with the rest of the team while all others lose the plot in the excitement of the Fringe.

This role is driven by deadlines and taking responsibility for getting the job done when it matters most is key. Skills in InDesign and Photoshop are a must, experience in subediting preferred. In addition, this role needs creativity. If you are a photographer, designer, illustrator, writer/editor, filmmaker, or any combination of the preceding, we'd be delighted to see your work alongside your application.

Hours: This role is full time during the Fringe, and part time in July to create the preview edition.

To apply: Send a cover letter outlining your relevant experience along with a CV to jobs@theskinny.co.uk. Please mention Fest Production Manager in the subject line.

Application deadline midnight Sunday 19 March 2017.

ARTWORKER – Fest Magazine

Fest is looking for a graphic designer to manage layout for print for six issues of Fest in July and August 2017. They will be based in the Fest Edinburgh office in the heart of the world famous Edinburgh Festivals.

We need someone who can work quickly and accurately to lay out the magazine to template, working to tight deadlines. We want someone with a keen eye for detail who can problem solve, and think creatively to present the content in the slickest way possible even when time is tight.

The person we are looking for must have experience in:
* Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop
* Working in design for publishing
* Working to deadlines

We would be delighted if they were experienced in:
* CSS and HTML
* Web design
* Subediting

To apply: If you would like to apply, please send a CV, a cover letter and two examples of your design work to jobs@theskinny.co.uk. Please mention Fest Artworker in the subject line.

Application deadline midnight Sunday 19 March 2017.


SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE

The Skinny, Scotland’s largest entertainment and listings magazine is well established as the voice of Scottish culture to the 18-35 year old market across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. We are also doing big things digitally; in the last year we have invested in our digital offering and have launched a newly designed website. To complement the core team and further drive the business' development, we are on the hunt for a talented executive based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The right candidate will be:
* Dynamic, with strong relationship building skills
* Determined, ambitious and target driven
* Able to work well under pressure and to deadline
* Have a keen sense of culture with an awareness of events in Scotland and beyond

In particular the candidate should have:
*Experience in professional sales, with a minimum one year's accountable track record across print and digital media
*A strong understanding of the media environment in the UK, especially that which targets trend-setting audiences
* Proficient computer literacy
* Having an enthusiastic and friendly attitude

The role will involve:
* Cold calling and sourcing new business
* Creative, pragmatic problem solving 
* Developing long term media partnerships 
* Creating and selling customised packages in The Skinny, www.theskinny.co.uk, The Skinny ZAP! and ad-hoc bespoke publications
* Thinking on your feet and tailoring The Skinny's offering to a wide reaching localised and national client base 

The Skinny prides itself on being forward thinking, supporting emerging talent and developing strong relations across Scotland - we hope that you would share these ideals and have the skills to develop our business further.

If you think you have what it takes to join Scotland’s leading culture and listings magazine, are keen to make the role your own, and become part of an ever expanding team and strong creative community then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please send us your CV with a cover letter outlining how you meet the role description, person specification and your ambitions with The Skinny via email to: jobs@theskinny.co.uk

Salary: c£20k+ OTE

The role will be based out of our Edinburgh office however we are open for an outstanding candidate working between Edinburgh and Glasgow, working two days per week in the Edinburgh office.

**APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm 30 January 2017 **


Glasgow-based film writers

The Skinny is looking to add to its team covering the upcoming Glasgow Film Festival (15-26 Feb) with film writers keen to report from GFF with reviews, features and interviews.

Are you passionate about cinema, as interested in the latest Hollywood and arthouse fare as you are about emerging voices from home and abroad? Can you write in an illuminating and entertaining fashion about cinema? Is your film analysis both funny and forensic? Do you know your Kiarostami from your Kaurismäki? If so, you could be the film writer for us.

To apply: If you’re interested in joining The Skinny’s film team for GFF and beyond, please send an email to our film editor, Jamie Dunn (jamie@theskinny.co.uk), with a few writing samples that best reflect your critical writing, as well as a few lines about yourself and your interest in cinema. Those specifically interested in covering GFF should also include details of their availability during the festival, which runs 15-26 Feb.

Application deadline is noon on Friday 27 Jan 2017


VENUES EDITORS (North and Glasgow)

The Skinny is looking for a selection of new venues editors to oversee the writing and creation of venue profiles on our website, for both our Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds city sections in the North, and also for our Glasgow city section in Scotland. We need people who are confident and accurate writers, with an engaging style, and a wide knowledge of the venues in their specialist city.

The successful applicants will be expected to generate profiles quickly, in an informative – but not overly-opinionated – way, ensuring that each profile provides useful information for readers looking for somewhere to eat, drink and be merry. There will also be occasional opportunities to compile articles about local venues and events. Applicants should have an awareness of The Skinny's house style and be comfortable carrying out research, and communicating with venues directly to source information and imagery where appropriate. 

This is a voluntary position. We would expect our venues editors to be producing around 5-10 venue profiles of 150 words each per month. 

Sound like something you’d like to do? Email a CV and some samples of writing to kate@theskinny.co.uk.


LEAD WRITERS (North)

LEAD WRITER: THEATRE

The Skinny North is looking for a Lead Theatre Writer. You will be as interested in the regional theatre scene as in work being produced on a national and international level, and able to write accessibly and knowledgeably about both.

You will be full of ideas for features that engage with a wide audience, in a competitive online environment. We are looking for someone who has an instinct for a story, and thinks creatively about how that story might be best presented to reach as many readers as possible. Ideally the Lead Theatre Writer will have some experience tracking article performance using tools such as Google Analytics, and using these insights to help shape their ideas.

The Skinny is keen to encourage new voices and we are not necessarily looking for someone with professional editorial experience. You will be able to point to a portfolio of accurate, informed and characterful writing that shows you are passionate about your subject, and about sharing it with a large readership – beyond the theatre niche.

Finally, you will be organised and communicative in your work, and reliable in meeting strict deadlines.

The Lead Theatre Writer will:
- Regularly pitch ideas for features to the Commissioning Editor (at least three-four per month)
- Produce at least one feature per month as agreed with the Commissioning Editor
- Attend and review key shows

All commissions are paid.

The Skinny North covers Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and the wider Yorkshire/Greater Manchester regions. You might know about the theatre scene in all three; you might be an expert in one. We welcome applications either way!

To apply, please send your CV, short letter telling us why you think you would be ideal for the role, and three examples of your writing to jobs@theskinny.co.uk

LEAD WRITER: CLUBS

The Skinny North is looking for a Lead Clubs Writer. You will be plugged into the local clubs scene and wider dance music history, and be able to write accessibly and knowledgeably about it.

You will be full of ideas for features that engage with a wide audience in a competitive online environment. We are looking for someone who has an instinct for a story, and thinks creatively about how that story might be best presented to reach as many readers as possible. Ideally the Lead Clubs Writer will have some experience tracking article performance using tools such as Google Analytics, and using these insights to help shape their ideas.

The Skinny is keen to encourage new voices and we are not necessarily looking for someone with professional editorial experience. You will be able to point to a portfolio of accurate, informed and characterful writing that shows you are passionate about your subject, and about sharing it with a large readership.

Finally, you will be organised and communicative in your work, and reliable in meeting strict deadlines.

The Lead Clubs Writer will:
- Regularly pitch ideas for features to the Commissioning Editor (at least three-four per month)
- Produce at least one feature per month as agreed with the Commissioning Editor
- Manage and produce at least one playlist or mix from a guest DJ with local following, bimonthly

All commissions are paid.

The Skinny North covers Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and the wider Yorkshire/Greater Manchester regions. You might know about the clubs scene in all three; you might be an expert in one. We welcome applications either way!

To apply, please send your CV, short message telling us why you think you would be ideal for the role, and three examples of your writing to jobs@theskinny.co.uk

LEAD WRITER: ART

The Skinny North is looking for a Lead Art Writer. You will be as interested in the regional visual art scene as in work being produced on a national and international level, and able to write accessibly and knowledgeably about both.

You will be full of ideas for features that engage with a wide audience, in a competitive online environment. We are looking for someone who has an instinct for a story, and thinks creatively about how that story might be best presented to reach as many readers as possible. Ideally the Lead Art Writer will have some experience tracking article performance using tools such as Google Analytics, and using these insights to help shape their ideas.

The Skinny is keen to encourage new voices and we are not necessarily looking for someone with professional editorial experience. You will be able to point to a portfolio of accurate, informed and characterful writing that shows you are passionate about your subject, and about sharing it with a large readership – beyond the the art world bubble.

Finally, you will be organised and communicative in your work, and reliable in meeting strict deadlines.

The Lead Art Writer will:
-Regularly pitch ideas for features to the Commissioning Editor (at least three-four per month)
-Produce at least one feature per month as agreed with the Commissioning Editor
-Produce the art highlights column, previewing the key upcoming shows (fortnightly)
-Attend and review key shows

All commissions are paid.

The Skinny North covers Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and the wider Yorkshire/Greater Manchester regions. You might know about the art scene in all three; you might be an expert in one. We welcome applications either way

To apply, please send your CV, short message telling us why you think you would be ideal for the role, and three examples of your writing to jobs@theskinny.co.uk

LEAD WRITER: FOOD AND DRINK

The Skinny North is looking for a Lead Food and Drink Writer. You will be interested in the regional food scene and full of ideas for features that engage with a wide audience in a competitive online environment.

We are looking for someone who has an instinct for a story, and thinks creatively about how that story might be best presented to reach as many readers as possible. Ideally the Lead Food and Drink Writer will have some experience tracking article performance using tools such as Google Analytics, and using these insights to help shape their ideas.

The Skinny is keen to encourage new voices and we are not necessarily looking for someone with professional editorial experience. You will be able to point to a portfolio of accurate, informed and characterful writing that shows you are passionate about your subject, and about sharing it with a large readership.

Finally, you will be organised and communicative in your work, and reliable in meeting strict deadlines.

The Lead Food and Drink Writer will:
- Regularly pitch ideas for features to the Commissioning Editor (at least three-four per month)
- Produce at least one feature per month as agreed with the Commissioning Editor

All commissions are paid.

The Skinny North covers Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and the wider Yorkshire/Greater Manchester regions. You might know about the food scene in all three; you might be an expert in one. We welcome applications either way!

To apply, please send your CV, short message telling us why you think you would be ideal for the role, and three examples of your writing to jobs@theskinny.co.uk


CONTRIBUTORS (Writers, Illustrators, Photographers)

The Skinny is your magazine: a collaborative effort, it’s put together by people who love their region and its culture, for people who love their region and its culture – and our contributors are known for having something new to say as well as a passion for their areas of expertise.

We are looking for writers, illustrators and photographers on an ongoing basis to help make The Skinny an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of the voices and talents that make Scotland and England's North such exciting places to be.

With 55,000+ copies distributed to more than 1000 venues, The Skinny gives writers a platform to get their voice heard, and illustrators and photographers an opportunity to showcase their work and build their portfolio.

If you’re a writer: Please introduce yourself to the relevant section editor – see contact details here – and send them two or three samples of your work.

Currently we are particularly interested in hearing from music critics based in and around Liverpool and Leeds who are passionate about their local scene and can turn that passion into erudite and entertaining prose.

We're also on the hunt for journalists keen to report on the North of England's film scene.

Please drop an email to jobs@theskinny.co.uk titled "Liverpool music writer", "Leeds music writer" or "North film writer." In both cases, please include examples of your writing and details of what you're most interested in writing about. 

If you’re an illustrator or photographer: Please email jobs@theskinny.co.uk with the subject line 'Contributor: illustrator' or 'Contributor: photographer' and let us know your area of expertise/interest (e.g. perhaps you’re a fashion photographer, or would like to try more live music photography) – and please link us to your portfolio where possible rather than attaching large files.

Any questions please email lauren@theskinny.co.uk

WRITERS: Local interest (North) 

We want to hear from you on the urgent subjects in your area.

The Skinny is looking for writers keen to report on issues affecting their communities in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and the wider Yorkshire/Greater Manchester regions. We want to publish bold voices, and we want to celebrate the work of those fighting for them.

If you have an idea for a feature or opinion piece relating to local-interest matters, please get in touch with lauren@theskinny.co.uk with a clear pitch and some examples of your writing.

Here are some recent examples of the kind of questions our writers are asking. Would you like to join the conversation?