Work for The Skinny

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Operations and Finance Manager
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.


OPERATIONS AND FINANCE MANAGER

The Skinny is well established as Scotland and the North’s largest arts and events magazine, we reach 330,000 readers/issue in print across our six cities and 125,000+ readers/month on theskinny.co.uk. In 11 years of business this is our inaugural advert for this core role and we are looking for an impeccably driven, creative individual to join our management team and provide the organisational savvy and accounting firepower to drive the business forwards. 

Our Operations and Finance Manager will plan, direct and coordinate all of Radge Media’s operations and in house accounting. You will be responsible for improving performance, efficiency and profitability through the implementation of effective methods and strategies. You will work alongside the Editor in Chief, oversee the company’s Assistant Bookkeeper and you will provide advice and guidance to upper management on future operational development and financial plans. The goal of this role is ultimately to enable the company’s leaders to make sound business decisions and meet The Skinny’s development objectives alongside those of other Radge Media products including Fest and the Student Handbook.

Role and Responsibilities

Finance

  • -Provide financial reports and interpret financial information to managerial staff
  • -Analyse costs, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company’s actual performance compared to the business plans and budgets.
  • -Develop trends and projections for the The Skinny’s finances.
  • -Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities.
  • -Oversee the company’s assistant bookkeeper, set goals and objectives, cover their duties in times of absence
  • -Manage the preparation of the company’s budget
  • -Sign off and complete weekly company payments. Management of company cards and online banking transactions.
  • -Company payroll management
  • -Oversee preparations of annual accounts reports

Operations

-Maintaining and improving operational systems, processes and best practices that guarantee organisational well-being.
-With respect to to all suppliers; Confirm orders, ensure that all contracts are suitable and correct, cost effective and reviewed in a timely manner in alignment the company requirements. Perform quality controls and monitor production KPI’s. Main communicator with Accountants, Landlords, Lawyers, HMRC, HR Advisory, Insurance, ABC, Office Equipment Managers, Internet & Phone Providers and responsibility for maintenance of these services as needed.
-Document and maintain abc data and manage annual audits.
-Oversee organisation of company transport and accommodation where relevant, along with associated budgets.
-Board Communications; Organising management meetings and travel, compiling agendas, preparing documents and reports as needed, providing minutes.
-Human resources including recruitment support for Sales and Editorial teams, support on individual performance management and development. Management of staff records.

Requirements

  • -At least two years proven experience as a Financial and Operations Manager or similar role in a small-medium arts/culture/media business, covering the duties above.  
  • -Ability to understand financial trends both within the company and general market patterns.
  • -Proficient user of finance software (The Skinny uses Xero).
  • -Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • -A solid understanding of financial statistics and accounting principles.
  • -Working knowledge of all statutory legislation and regulations.
  • -Budget development, forecasting and oversight experience.
  • -Strong IT skills (databases, MS Office, Apple and Google suite products).
  • -Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organisation.
  • -Leadership and organisational skills.
  • -A degree in finance, operations management or related field is desirable but not essential depending on experience.
  • -The Operations and Finance Manager role will sit aside the Editorial and Sales teams at Radge Media and will be required to have a meaningful understanding of the varying demands of the teams.

To apply: Please email kyla@theskinny.co.uk with your CV along with a cover letter (maximum one page) explaining how you meet the specified criteria and why you are attracted to the role.

Hours: Flexible depending on candidate but will require a minimum of three days/week and can be up to full time for an exemplary candidate.

Salary: £22,000 pro rata

The role will be based out of our Edinburgh office in Summerhall.

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 17 March**


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.


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/North West 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/North West 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/North West 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/North West 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/North West 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?