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.

Advertising Sales and Marketing Executive

The Skinny are looking for a strong sales and marketing 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 beyond

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
  • 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 such as The Skinny Student Handbook

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: £14,000 plus commission and bonus structure
OTE: £20K + - year one

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, both in print and digitally
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: nicola@theskinny.co.uk
Start date: Immediate
Deadline: Wednesday 1st July at 9am

Work for Fest

Fest is an award-winning free magazine which focusses on the Edinburgh Festivals. With a preview produced in July and five review issues over the course of August, our small dedicated team need to be passionate, hard working and ready to deal with a high pressure environment.



The core role of the post is to cover the management of images, adverts and the production schedule for Fest in 2015. 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. There will also be an element of subediting to support the Editor and Deputy Editor, so someone with experience in both editing and design would be ideally placed for this role. 

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.


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.


Fest is looking for a graphic designer to manage layout for print for six issues of Fest in July and August. 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:
Web design


This role is full time during the Fringe, and part time in July to create the preview edition.

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.


The skinny 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 & 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 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 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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