Available Positions:

Director, Fest magazine

We have an exciting opportunity for a unique individual to take over the management of one of the Edinburgh Festivals’ leading publications, Fest. With six editions being produced during July and August, making Fest is a job that requires dedication, focus and a lot of energy.

The Director will be responsible for the editorial and commercial development of Fest, and these two arms will go hand in hand in the magazine’s continued evolution. Starting early in 2015, they will oversee the recruitment of the editorial team, while managing the key relationships with major festival clients that provide the revenue essential to produce a free publication. They will be highly knowledgeable about the Edinburgh festivals, with links to the key players in the various significant companies and organisations that make up this unique cultural landscape.

Working in collaboration with Fest’s Editor, the successful candidate will plan the reviews and features schedule for the team of writers, helping to ensure that the festival is covered efficiently and effectively. They will create a schedule for the production process on an issue by issue basis across the month of August.

They will create, share and lead on implementing a vision for the development of Fest as a publication and as a brand. The Director will be required to act as a figurehead, leading the team and representing the magazine to clients, readers and the broader festival community.

Key skills:
Clear communication – written and verbal
Editorial experience
Detailed knowledge of the Edinburgh festivals
Working to tight deadlines
Anticipated start date: February 2014

Part time (c. two days a month) February-mid June, full time mid July & August


To apply:
Please send a CV and a cover letter to jobs@theskinny.co.uk. Please include:

  • An outline of your knowledge of the Edinburgh festivals
  • Evidence of experience in client relationship management
  • Examples of project coordination and/or team management
  • A demonstration of your track record of to-target sales


Sales & Marketing Executives: Scotland & Northwest

In the last year The Skinny have gained some capital investment and plan to launch a newly designed website. To reflect this we are looking for a strong sales person to complement the core team and further drive business forwards.

The right candidate will be:

  • Dynamic, with strong relationship building skills
  • Determined, ambitious and driven
  • Capable at achieving excellent results and meeting targets
  • Able to work well under pressure and to deadline
  • Have a keen sense of culture with an awareness of events in Scotland and / or the Northwest

In particular the candidate should have:

  • Experience in professional sales, with a minimum one year's accountable track record
  • A good understanding of the media environment in the UK, specially that which targets trend-setting audiences
  • Advantage: knowledge of the digital sales market and contacts in print/ digital media sales

The role will involve:

  • Cold calling and sourcing new business
  • Client management
  • Computer literacy
  • Having a positive and friendly attitude
  • Developing long term relationships
  • Selling services in The Skinny, www.theskinny.co.uk and our weekly e-newsletter.
  • Selling bespoke publications/ products throughout the year.

The Skinny prides itself on being forward thinking, supporting emerging talent and developing strong relations across Scotland and the Northwest of England – 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 and the Northwest'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 get involved.

Salary: £14,000 plus commission and bonus structure

OTE: £20K +

Please send us your CV with a cover letter including:

1. An example of working to targets/ deadlines

2. A list of 5 brands/ potential clients you think would suit The Skinny

3. How you stand out from the crowd and what The Skinny will gain from your contribution to the team

(Please keep it snappy and interesting)

Via email to: jobs@theskinny.co.uk

*DEADLINE: Sunday 1 February*

Comedy Editor (Scotland)

We are looking for a new Comedy editor to bring their knowledge and personality to one of the most vital sections of the magazine.

The Scotland Comedy editor will continue their predecessor’s high quality, on-the-pulse coverage of emerging talent in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and beyond, and also bring new ideas to the table.

They will work partly in tandem with the Northwest edition's Comedy editor to commission feature content appropriate to both editions, as well as independently to organise a variety of regional content, whether interviews, festival previews or reviews. Looming large on this regional content is of course the annual Edinburgh Fringe, which requires epic levels of coordination, inspiration and endurance. Other highlights of the Scottish comedy calendar include Glasgow Comedy Festival, popping up early in the year with a packed schedule of shows.

We need someone who is committed and flexible, willing to devote the equivalent of around two days per month to coordinating content and managing contributors as well as maintaining professional relationships with promoters, venues, and comedians. Passionate about comedy and expert on the local scene, the Comedy editor will be someone who is already an active spectator/participator, who has a distinct voice, and is looking to develop as a writer and editor.

• This role is unsalaried, but payment is offered on a per-page basis for features in the print publication. Extra payment is offered during peak activity, during and in the run up to August.

To apply: If you have a vision of where you'd like to take the magazine's comedy coverage, send your CV, a couple of content ideas and samples of your writing to jobs@theskinny.co.uk with the subject line Scotland Comedy Editor. Email rosamund@theskinny.co.uk if you have any questions.


Tech writers (Scotland and Northwest)

If you've lost a friendship over Android vs iOS, if you have strong opinions about app design, if you daydream about niche gadgets, or if your heart beats faster for the burgeoning tech start-up scene, The Skinny wants to hear from you: we're looking for tech writers. 

Previous experience is a plus, but not essential – our Tech editor will work with you to hone your stories. If you're enthusiastic and interested in chasing down an idea for a story, send a CV and some writing samples to cathleen@theskinny.co.uk.

Venues Editors (Northwest)

The Skinny is looking for a selection of new venues editors to oversee the writing and creation of venue profiles on our website, for our Manchester and Liverpool city sections. 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. 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 give or take 10 venue profiles of around 100 words each per month. 

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

Contributors: Writers, Illustrations, 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 Northwest 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. 

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

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