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.

Television Reviewer/Writer
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 fourteen 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 talented sales executives based in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

You will work within and alongside our established sales team, and the role will involve:

  1. *Building commercial relationships with brands, businesses and events
    *Identifying and approaching potential revenue leads so you can introduce The Skinny as a brand and advertising platform
  2. *Securing new business for The Skinny across core platforms - print, online and newsletter
  3. *Using your knowledge of the platforms to create effective, exciting campaigns for clients to help them achieve their marketing goals
  4. *Communicating with clients and potential clients via email, telephone and face to face
  5. *Also selling our seasonal titles including our Student Supplement and Fest Magazine
  6. *Managing your diary through our bespoke CRM system
  7. *Identifying and managing media partnerships throughout the year to help grow The Skinny brand and audience

We are looking for an individual who:

  1. *Has an understanding of the cultural landscape in Scotland and an awareness of cultural events
  2. *Has experience working within the arts sector, with experience in a sales role preferable
  3. *Is equally capable of working on their own or as part of a small team
  4. *Comfortable speaking to and presenting to clients in person and over the telephone
  5. *Has strong relationship building skills
  6. *Are able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  7. *Has proficient computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of Google Drive, Gmail and Microsoft Word/Excel

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 uncapped 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.

Pitching to The Skinny: Before you pitch your article ideas, we first recommend reading this pitching guide, which gives clear advice on writing a successful, eye-catching pitch to The Skinny and answers many questions you might have about the process.

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.