Posted 10 months ago

Editor, Let’s Knit

  • Full Time

    Full Time

  • Colchester, Essex

    Colchester, Essex

job description

We are looking for a competent and capable candidate to edit Let’s Knit, the UK’s bestselling knitting title. Highly organised, motivated and commercially adept, the successful applicant will have excellent leadership skills, a portfolio of proven editorial experience and a strong creative eye. They will be calm and considered under pressure, a diplomatic team leader and importantly an innovator who is full of ideas. Proven social media and digital expertise is also crucial as we transition and extend our media offering. 

An understanding of knitting and the knitting industry is desirable for this position, as is an ability to read knitting patterns. Working closely with a team of freelance designers, you’ll plan and commission the pattern content for each issue, in keeping with the fresh, modern style that our readership loves. You’ll be an excellent ambassador who is happy to meet important clients and represent the company in business, and you’ll be involved in all areas of development of the magazine and originate ongoing new ideas for the title.

Duties will include
overseeing and managing the editorial team; working closely with the Vertical Head, advertising team and design studio; continually reviewing and evolving content strategies that excite the target audience and take into account the research findings; tracking and responding to trends; generating fresh, inspiring and commercially-driven forward features; building audience engagement and overseeing the production of high-quality editorial; briefing and commissioning freelancers; managing and working within defined budgets; representing the brand at press events, shows and during company-wide meetings; 

forging relationships with key craft media figures and brands to ensure LK contains the best collaborations and craft exclusives; subbing and proofing with pinpoint accuracy; organising and directing key bi-monthly photoshoots; selecting accurate, appropriate and inspiring photos; liaising with promotions, subscriptions and circulation departments to provide full editorial support; initiating and developing social media, and utilising this for editorial content and promotional campaigns; chairing monthly features meetings that energise and inspire the editorial team; holding annual appraisals with editorial staff to develop them to their full potential; creating flatplans in liaison with the advertising manager to ensure edit/ads ratios and placements are appropriate; generating ideas for scheduled promotions throughout the year and ensuring this workload is managed alongside the main magazine’s schedule.

Skills and experience required:

* Educated to degree level or above
* Excellent command of written English
* Editorial experience within a magazine environment at senior level
* Excellent management and leadership skills
* Strong commercial acumen
* Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
* Strong organisational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks

Highly desirable but not essential
* Understanding of knitting and the knitting industry; mathematical ability

Aceville is part of DC Thomson, one of the leading media organisations in the UK, with a proud heritage of creating trusted brands that enlighten and entertain audiences across the globe. We are passionate about engaging and growing our communities of lifestyle and crafting consumers, educators and business leaders. And we pride ourselves on putting people first. This role is exposed to an incredible array of expertise for the right candidate who is motivated to succeed. Plus, as part of DC Thomson, we offer a competitive package of benefits to support your personal and professional development including a competitive salary, a birthday day off after completion of your first year, and many more staff discounts and entitlements. This is a full-time, permanent position. 

To apply for this role, please follow our online application process and submit a CV and cover letter outlining exactly why we should hire you.

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  • Up to 25 days annual leave per year(starting at 20 days and incrementally increasing after two years' and five years' service)
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • Annual staff events
  • Regular charity inter-department events
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Head of Talent
Tel: 01206 505900