Work for The Skinny

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Operations and Finance Manager
Media Sales Executive (Scotland) 
Media Sales Executive (North)
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 - Edinburgh / Salford 

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
  • -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 with the management team 
  • -Sign off and complete weekly company payments. Management of company cards and online banking transactions
  • -Company payroll management

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, business suppliers and 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, preparing documents, minutes and reports as needed
-Human resources including recruitment support for Sales and Editorial teams, support on individual performance management and development and management of staff records.

Requirements

  • -Experience in a comparable supervisory role in a small-medium arts/culture/media business
  • -Proficient user of finance software (The Skinny uses Xero)
  • -Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • -Budget development, forecasting and oversight experience
  • -Strong IT skills (databases, MS Office, Apple and Google suite products)
  • -Leadership and organisational skills
  • -Above all we are looking for someone with a passion for the sector, engagement in culture and the arts and who has the positive energy to harness the role and play an important part in The Skinny's development. 

To apply: Please email jobs@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 and will require two - three days/week. The role is also open to freelance self employed candidates. 

Salary: £22,000 pro rata

The role will be based out of our Scotland office in Edinburgh or North office in Salford

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Midnight Sunday 7 May**


MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVE (SCOTLAND)

The Skinny, Scotland’s largest culture and listings magazine is well established as the voice of Scottish culture to the 18-35 year old market across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee for the past eleven years.

To complement the core team and further expand our client base focusing on the Scottish cultural industries, we are looking to grow our sales team and are on the hunt for a talented sales executive based in Edinburgh. The role will primarily be based in Edinburgh, but we are open to an outstanding candidate based in Glasgow, working from Edinburgh 2 days per week.

The role will involve:

  1. *Cold calling and proactively sourcing new business leads.
  2. *Keeping up to date with cultural events and openings in the region to identify sales leads.
  3. *Managing existing client relationships to identify sales opportunities, including upselling on a regular basis.
  4. *Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events. Outside normal working hours when needed.
  5. *Presenting and introducing The Skinny and its platforms both on the phone and in person
  6. *Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis.
  7. *Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages in The Skinny, www.theskinny.co.uk, The Skinny ZAP! and our other publications including annual Student Handbook, Fest and ad hoc projects.
  8. *Negotiating rates and commitment deals.
  9. *Identifying and developing long term media partnerships.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • *Extensive experience in professional media sales within the past 3 years, with a minimum one year's accountable track record across print and digital media platforms
  • *Experience using a CRM system
  • *Experience working with media buying agencies
  • *A strong understanding of the media environment in the UK, especially that which targets trend-setting audiences
  • *Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail
  • *New business and account management experience with the ability to approach and understand the marketing needs of a wide range of clients

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • *Experience with online advert servers (Doubleclick For Publishers) and print pageplans would be a bonus
  • *Existing regional advertising contacts and relationships

Personal Criteria:

  • *A good team player, with strong relationship building skills
  • *Self starter
  • *Positive and friendly attitude
  • *Comfortable with speaking on the phone, at meetings and larger presentations
  • *Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
  • *Determined to grow The Skinny’s brand 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

The Skinny prides itself on being forward thinking, supporting emerging talent and developing strong relations across Scotland.

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 a 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 and person specification via email to: jobs@theskinny.co.uk

Salary: c.£20k+ OTE

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 7 MAY**


MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVE (NORTH)

The Skinny, the North's largest entertainment and listings magazine, has established itself as the voice of North culture to the 18-35 year old market across Manchester and Liverpool since our launch in April 2013. Following four exciting and successful years we have now expanded to include Leeds and engage with a new audience in West Yorkshire.

To complement the core team and expand our client base focusing on local nightlife/hospitality and cultural industries to further drive the business' expansion, we are now looking to grow our sales team. We are on the hunt for a talented executive based in Manchester who can travel regularly to Liverpool and Leeds.

The role will involve:

  • *Cold calling and proactively sourcing new business leads.
  • *Keeping up to date with cultural events and openings in the region to identify sales leads.
  • *Managing existing client relationships to identify sales opportunities, including upselling on a regular basis.
  • *Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events. Outside normal working hours when needed.
  • *Presenting and introducing The Skinny and its platforms both on the phone and in person
  • *Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis.
  • *Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages in The Skinny, theskinny.co.uk, The Skinny ZAP! and our other publications including the Student Handbook, Fest and ad hoc projects.
  • *Negotiating rates and commitment deals.
  • *Identifying and developing long term media partnerships.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • *Extensive experience in professional media sales within the past 3 years, with a minimum one year's accountable track record across print and digital media platforms.
  • *Experience using a CRM system.
  • *Experience working with media buying agencies.
  • *A strong understanding of the media environment in the UK, especially that which targets trend-setting audiences.
  • *Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail.
  • *New business and account management experience with the ability to approach and understand the marketing needs of a wide range of clients.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • *Experience with online advert servers (Doubleclick For Publishers) and print pageplans would be a bonus
  • *Existing regional advertising contacts and relationships

Personal Criteria:

  • *A good team player, with strong relationship building skills
  • *Self starter
  • *Positive and friendly attitude
  • *Comfortable with speaking on the phone, at meetings and larger presentations
  • *Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
  • *Determined to grow The Skinny’s brand in the North, 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

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 via email to: jobs@theskinny.co.uk

Salary: c.£20k+ OTE

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 7 MAY**


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 (Scotland) or jess@theskinny.co.uk (North).


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


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?