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.

PAID POSITIONS

Frontend Web Developer

The Skinny; journalistic slang for the scoop, the buzz, the inside story.

The Skinny is the largest entertainment and listings magazine across Scotland and the North of England reaching 285,000 readers a month in print. theskinny.co.uk reaches 120,000 unique users a month and we have ambitious growth aims for our current digital platforms and brand extension opportunities. The Skinny is a trusted and established brand and we now need to build on our digital side of the business further.

We need an individual who can come on board to complete front end development work quickly and efficiently to support our Lead Ruby on Rails Developer.  You will be provided with guidelines and specifications for any build work required.

Position: Frontend Web Developer

Project length: Fixed 3-6 months
Salary: £Negotiable
Start Date: Immediate

The Skinny is seeking a Frontend Web Developer to work specifically on the build of a responsive site design and the enhancement of our events platform.  The aim of this role is to deliver completed components to schedule for our upcoming build projects and new functionality additions to theskinny.co.uk. You will have our Lead Developer on hand for support however you will be expected to operate highly independently, to deadline and to manage your time very effectively.

Skills

Required to function on projects immediately:

  • Very proficient with HTML/HTML5

  • Very proficient with CSS/CSS3(SCSS)

  • Very proficient with Javascript/jQuery

  • Experience building modern responsive behaviour

  • Previous use of GIT version control

  • Excellent communication and time management

Beneficial if you have used any of the following:

  • Coffeescript

  • Haml

  • Angular or Ember

  • Ruby on Rails

If you have the above skills and are looking for the next step in your career then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

To apply please send your CV to jobs@theskinny.co.uk letting us know why this role is of interest to you. Please also include links to three key projects which you have worked on and you feel reflect the skills needed to fulfill the role outlined at The Skinny.

We are looking for someone to start immediately.

Deadline for applications: Friday 9am 1st May 2015

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Ruby On Rails Developer

The Skinny; journalistic slang for the scoop, the buzz, the inside story.

The Skinny is the largest entertainment and listings magazine across Scotland and the North of England reaching 285,000 readers a month in print. theskinny.co.uk reaches 120,000 unique users a month and we have ambitious growth aims for our current digital platforms and brand extension opportunities. The Skinny is a trusted and established brand, over the last six months we have been developing our digital offering and have a series of improvements with new functionalities we would like to introduce to our readership.

We need an individual who can come on board to work alongside our Lead Developer to implement our digital vision and specifically work on key projects around our event listings.

You will be required to work in tandem with SEO recommendations, UX audience development and push forwards continuous progress of the site to ensure our online audience receive the most fulfilling experience and that The Skinny delivers the greatest understanding of our users.

Position: Ruby on Rails / Web Developer

Project length: Fixed
Salary: £Negotiable
Start Date: Immediate

The Skinny is seeking a Ruby on Rails developer to work on key development projects to both our back end CMS and consumer facing platform theskinny.co.uk. The aim of this role is to complement our Lead Developer, working alongside to deliver projects on schedule and to specification.

You will have our Lead Ruby on Rails Developer and outside consultants on hand for support however you will be expected to operate highly independently, to deadline and to manage your time very effectively.

Skills

Required to function on projects immediately:

  • Highly skilled in Ruby on Rails (Ruby 2.0+/Rails 4.1+)

  • Very proficient with HTML/HTML5 (Haml)

  • Very proficient with CSS/CSS3 (SCSS)

  • Very proficient with Javascript/jQuery (Coffeescript)

  • Experience building modern responsive behaviour

  • Extensive GIT branching and merging

  • Knowledge of Capistrano

  • Working knowledge of Linux over SSH

  • Motivated and able to work in fast paced and sometimes high pressured environments

  • Excellent communication and time management

Beneficial if you have used any of the following:

  • Administration of Nginx, Apache, MySQL, Postgresql, Passenger, Solr, Elasticsearch

  • Experience with Angular or Ember

If you have the above skills and are looking for the next step in your career then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Planned project outlines and access to the code will be available prior to interview and a short test will be required if you are selected for the role post interview.

To apply please send your CV to jobs@theskinny.co.uk letting us know why this role is of interest to you, please also include links to three projects which you have recently worked on or in which you played a main role in delivery.

We are looking for someone to start immediately.

Deadline for applications: 9am Friday 1st May 2015

Available Positions

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 john.donaghy@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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