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.

Production Manager
Fest Adelaide Contributors
Fest Adelaide Sales Executive
Media Sales Executive (Scotland)

Production Manager

We're looking for a Production Manager to join the team in our Edinburgh office. This role requires creativity and organisational skills, plus the ability to remain calm under pressure. We're not looking for any specific qualifications, but an art school education is preferred.

The core of the post is to cover our general production needs as a publishing company. The majority of time will be spent on The Skinny magazine itself but we do also produce publications such as an annual Student Handbook and the annual film-centred CineSkinny – the role will include duties for these when they come up.

Responsibilities will include management of advertising artwork and clients, picture editing, working with editorial to commission photography and illustrations, assisting with corrections and page proofing, managing our Instagram account and finding new ways to reach audiences and share what we're doing, managing photographers and illustrators, handling mail, managing office equipment, and generally making the office a happy place to be. This post is based at The Skinny's office at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

We want someone who is supremely organised, filled with ideas and energy, and who can work fast. This role is key to our monthly production cycle and you will need to be level-headed under pressure and work well in close quarters with the rest of the team. 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 with content management systems preferred.

In addition, this role needs creativity. If you are a photographer, designer, illustrator, writer/editor, film-maker, or any combination of the preceding, we'd be delighted to see your work alongside your application.

This role is permanent, 16 days per month, with a salary of £18,000 pro rata.

To apply: Send a cover letter including your answers to the below questions, along with a CV and any relevant portfolios or examples of your work to Please mention 'Production Manager' in the subject line.

Look at what we are putting out in print and online and how we are doing it. What do you think The Skinny's top three priorities for further development?
What media do you consume regularly (blogs / video / print examples please)?
Who would you commission to create an image for our cover?

Interviews: w/c 17 Dec
Anticipated start date: 21 Jan 2019

Fest Adelaide Contributors

We're looking for passionate, informed freelance critics to review shows and write features for Fest Magazine at the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.

We want writers who are engaged and engaging, capable of analysing performance and communicating their opinions succinctly and vividly. We need expertise in comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, music and beyond. Fest publishes writing that is knowledgeable yet accessible, geared towards attracting a diverse local readership.

We work to tight deadlines with a high bar of quality and criticism. We expect a quick turnaround on reviews, and a high level of integrity in our contributors.

Fest has established a strong journalistic reputation in just one year in Adelaide, building on what we’ve established over many years back in Edinburgh – it's important for us to maintain that quality in our second year in our new home. We can't do that without talented, driven writers who know the Australian arts festival scene (ideally with prior experience at the Adelaide festivals).

Payment is offered on a per article basis. If you're interested, please send a CV, some examples of your writing and a feature pitch for this year's Adelaide festivals to

Deadline for entries midnight (GMT) Sunday 2 December

Fest Adelaide Sales Executive (fixed-term)

Looking to make a bit of extra cash this festival season? Passionate about the arts, particularly during the madness of the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival? Fest Magazine is looking for a driven, enthusiastic media sales executive on a fixed term contract over December 2018 and January 2019.

Fest has occupied a leading position in the Edinburgh festival marketplace for 17 years, and after a successful debut year in Adelaide 2018, we’re keen to grow as a business in 2019. We need someone who is knowledgeable about local and national promoters, producers and publicists during Mad March. The ideal candidate will be able to speak confidently about the magazine’s print and digital marketing opportunities, and the benefits they can bring to artists, brands and local businesses.

The role will involve:
*Navigating the Fringe programme and other promotional materials to identify new business opportunities
*Cold calling and emailing
*Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events - outside normal working hours when needed
*Presenting and introducing Fest and its platforms over the phone, via email, and in person
*Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis
*Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages
*Negotiating rates and commitment deals
*Working to targets

Essential Skills and Experience
*Experience in selling and negotiating
*Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail
*Knowledge of the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival or other multi-arts festivals

Desirable Skills and Experience
*Experience in professional media sales
*Experience using a CRM system
*Experience with online advert servers (Google Ad Manager) and print pageplans would be a bonus
*Use of own laptop would also be a bonus

Personal Criteria:
*A good team player, with strong relationship-building skills
*Self starter
*Positive and friendly attitude
*Comfortable with speaking on the phone and at meetings
*Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
*Determined to grow Fest’s brand and target driven
*Able to work well under pressure and to deadline

Hours: The role is full time, 8 weeks, 26 Nov-21 Dec 2018, 7 Jan-1 Feb 2019, working remotely.

Salary: $18.29/hour, 8 weeks fixed contract, plus commission

To apply, send a cover letter and CV to along with five examples of clients you would approach for Fest’s back covers.



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 Glasgow. This role will be based out of a hot-desking environment in Glasgow 3-4 days per week, with 1-2 days based at Head Office in Edinburgh. 

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,, 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:

Salary: £18k plus commission structure

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 makes Scotland such an exciting place to be.

With 35,000+ copies distributed to more than 650 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 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.