Work for The Skinny


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.


We're looking for a Production Manager to join the team in our Edinburgh office. This role requires creativity and organisational skills, plus the ability to remain calm under pressure. We're not looking for any specific qualifications, but an art school education is preferred.

The core of the post is to cover our general production needs as a publishing company. The majority of time will be spent on The Skinny Scotland magazine itself but we do also produce publications such as an annual Student Handbook and the annual film-centred CineSkinny – the role will include duties for these when they come up. Responsibilities will include management of advertising artwork and clients, picture editing, working with editorial to commission photography and illustration, handling mail, managing photographers, illustrators, interns and student reps, and generally making the office a happy place to be. The post is based at The Skinny's office in Edinburgh.

We want someone who is supremely organised, with ideas and energy, who can work fast. This role is key to our monthly production cycle and you will need to be level headed under pressure and work well in close quarters with the rest of the team. 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 with content management systems preferred.

In addition, this role needs creativity. If you are a photographer, designer, illustrator, writer/editor, film-maker, or any combination of the preceding, we'd be delighted to see your work alongside your application.

Hours: 16 days per month.

Anticipated start date: 1 December 2015

This role is permanent with a salary of £14,000 pro rata.

To apply: Send a cover letter including your answers to the below questions along with a CV to Please mention Scotland Production Manager in the subject line

  1. Look at what we are putting out and how we are doing it. What do you think The Skinny's top three priorities should be in developing our online presence and growing new audiences?

  2. What media do you consume regularly (blogs / video / print examples please)?

  3. If money was no object, who would you commission to create an image for our cover?

** DEADLINE: 9AM MONDAY 26 October **

Interviews: 4-6 November

Theatre editor (Northwest)

Do you know your Brecht from your Blood Brothers? Do you love to write about drama, dance and performance art?

The Skinny is looking for a new Theatre editor.

We are looking for someone who is as interested in the regional fringe scene as in work being produced on a national and international level, and who is able to write dextrously and knowledgeably about both.

Working in communication with the Northwest editor to coordinate lead feature content, reviews and news, the Northwest Theatre editor will be keyed up on theatre in Liverpool, Manchester and beyond, and keen to nurture a team of emerging writers. They will have an awareness of The Skinny's tone but be keen to bring a distinct voice to the magazine.

They’ll need to be committed and flexible, and willing to devote the equivalent of around two days per month to coordinating content and managing contributors as well as maintaining professional relationships with cultural organisations, publicists and other industry figures.

They’ll ideally have some editorial experience, but more importantly they’ll be looking to develop their own skills and perspective as a writer/editor.

  • This role is unsalaried, but payment is offered on a per-page basis for features in the print publication.

To apply: Send your CV, a couple of content ideas and samples of your writing to with the subject line Northwest Theatre Editor.

***DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10am Monday 5 October***

Any questions email

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

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 both our Manchester and Liverpool city sections in the Northwest, 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. 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 150 words each per month. 

Sound like something you’d like to do? Email a CV and some samples of writing to

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 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.

Currently we are particularly interested in hearing from music critics based in and around Liverpool 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 Northwest of England's film scene.

Please drop an email to titled "Liverpool music writer" or "Northwest 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 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