Work for The Skinny

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

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.

MUSIC EDITOR

The Skinny is looking for a new Music editor to work from our Edinburgh office. We need someone passionate and driven who will oversee music-related content in print and online at theskinny.co.uk. The right person will have a wide-ranging, in-depth knowledge of music across the genres, and they'll be keen to share their enthusiasm with a wide audience.  

We want someone with an insatiable love for new music, whose dream it is to be paid to go to gigs every night of the week. They should have an understanding of how the music industry works in Scotland and further afield, and have some pre-existing positive relationships with people within the business. 
 
They'll be a gifted writer and a skilled editor, ready to manage a small team of writers to ensure a full spectrum of musical tastes are represented in our coverage. They will have a solid understanding of the differences in writing for print and for web, and will contribute to working to targets for digital audience growth. They will have some experience in SEO and be open to keeping up to date on the constantly evolving best practice of online voodoo. 

We need a music editor who works well in our small team – The Skinny is a collaborative, hard-working business so it's important that each person is ready to participate in that culture. The media landscape is changing rapidly, so the ability to be flexible and open to change is key. 

We're always looking for new ways to grow and engage our audience, so ideas on how to develop new partnerships and reach new readers are most welcome. We'd love to hear thoughts on our existing music content, and what else we could be doing to ensure we're communicating with our audience effectively. 

To apply:
Send your CV along with a cover letter and long and short form writing samples to jobs@theskinny.co.uk. In your cover letter please include a brief outline of what you would like to develop within The Skinny's music content and activity. If you have further creative material you would like us to see, feel free to include. 

Hours: 
We anticipate this role requiring 3 days a week flexible working

This role is office-based and salaried above living wage.  

**APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 29 August 2016 **


SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE

The Skinny, the North's largest entertainment and listings magazine has established itself as the voice of Northwest culture to the 18-35 year old market across Manchester and Liverpool since our launch in April 2013. Following three exciting and successful years we are now expanding to include Leeds and engage with a new audience in West Yorkshire. As of September 2016 The Skinny North will increase to 38,000 copies per issue covering Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. 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' expansion, we are now looking to grow our sales team and are on the hunt for a talented executive based in either Leeds, Liverpool or Manchester.

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 the North 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
* 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 the North - 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 North'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: £22k+ OTE

**APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10am Tuesday 30 August 2016 **


SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE

The Skinny, Scotland's largest entertainment and listings magazine has established itself as the voice of Scottish culture to the 18-35 year old market and has ambitions for further growth in 2017. In the last year we have invested in our digital offering and have launched 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 the Scotland and beyond

In particular the candidate should have:
Experience in professional sales, with a minimum 6 months accountable track record

A good understanding of the media environment in the UK, specially that which targets trend-setting audiences

Advantage: knowledge and experience of the digital 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 - 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 get involved.

Salary: circa £22k OTE

Please send us your CV with a cover letter via email to: jobs@theskinny.co.uk


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.


Travel Writers

Do you have a story to tell? Our travel editor is looking for writers with interesting tales from their travels, who can share their experiences in our Travel section. If you have a travel story you want to share, get in touch via paul.mitchell@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 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 jobs@theskinny.co.uk 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 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