Location: Bath or Bournemouth
Future’s Magazine department has been world-leading for over 30 years, boasting best-in-class brands across many sectors. Home to the likes of Classic Rock, T3, Total Film, PC Gamer and How It Works, Future’s magazines are published across the world in print and digital form.
With over 50 periodicals published every month and nearly 500 bookazines and specials published every year, Future prides itself in having a magazine department that’s always first and best to market.
New staff will join a team of over 240 reporting through either Editorial, Design, Production, Subscriptions or Circulation. Led by the Managing Director, the department is aligned in its efforts to inspire readers with great content, to build and maintain its valuable customer relationships and to support the wider Future group with resilient profit.
Job Summary & Purpose
The Editor is the manager of a magazine. They are the key influencer of inputs and outcomes in day-to-day magazine operations, from approving commissions and contributors to final checking pages.
The Editor’s main concern is content quality, which they are responsible for. Future demands that its content is targeted at the right audience, informative, entertaining and sensitive to both the time(s) and place(s) it will be published in.
The Editor achieves this primarily through expert management of editorial contributors and on-team staff. This involves excellent communication in briefs and commissions and strict control of deadlines and expenditure. Forward planning is also needed with advice from the Group Editor-in-Chief to ensure the magazine is aligned with strategies.
The Editor also safeguards content quality through final checking pages before they go to press. The Editor is the last individual in the workstream to sign off the pages and is therefore responsible for their final quality and adherence to libel laws and content rights.
The Editor is tasked with managing each issue using strict workflow and budget controls ensuring that every issue goes to press on time and on budget. The Editor is responsible for ensuring that all commissions are best value and given deadlines that mean the production of an issue experiences smooth development.
It is also upon the Editor to ensure all content is commissioned and created to the best possible rights agreement whereby the preferred is with fully assigned rights and the least acceptable is one-time use.
Where an Editor has staff directly reporting into them, the responsibility for the staff’s development and performance sits with the Editor. It is with the Editor to manage their staff so that productivity is optimal and the on-team and in-company culture is exemplary. The Editor is an evangelist of the company’s values and as such leads in line with the company’s purpose and direction.
As the individual with largest direct day-to-day influence on the product, the Editor’s efforts support the sales, marketing, commercial and licensing efforts, although the Editor is not ultimately responsible for the outcome in those areas.
Integral to producing each issue of Computer Arts is producing a digital edition, which is created in Future’s own Folio software. On the job training can be given, but previous experience using Folio would be an advantage. The editor is also responsible for running the magazine’s social media sites.
The editor of Computer Arts may also be responsible for elements of our design event Brand Impact Awards, such as helping to pick the speakers, elements of marketing such as writing blogs for CreativeBloq, and being a noticeable presence on the day. Extra duties for this may also be required, such as speaking at the event.
Due to the specialist nature of the magazine, it’s the Editor’s responsibility to immerse themselves in the design community, learning about the latest trends and attending networking events as the face of the magazine, to build industry relationships, as well as potential advertising contacts. Some travel and overnight stays may be involved with this.
Key role responsibilities
Staff performance and development
Contributor budget control
Supporting sales performance
Supporting commercial initiatives
Supporting marketing initiatives
Supporting the events team
Essential skills and experience
Experience managing a periodical magazine or a periodical magazine section, or other highly-related role
Experience working with designers and writers to create finished, published articles
Experience managing commissions from end to end
Experience managing budgets
Experience with rights management
Experience representing company / magazine brands at industry events
Experience meeting with PRs
Excellent communication and reporting skills
Experience working with advertising and marketing teams
Future plc is an international publishing and media group, and a leading digital business. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have offices in London, Bath, Bournemouth, Bromsgrove, New York, San Francisco and Sydney. At Future we believe in teamwork that transcends location.
Future is a global platform for specialist media with scalable, diversified brands. We strive to create fans of our brands by giving them a place where they want to spend their time, where they go to meet their needs; continuing to create loyal communities. We are expanding our global reach through organic growth, acquisitions and strategic partnerships while diversifying our monetisation models to create significant revenue streams.
Our focus is in the core areas of consumer technology, games & entertainment, music, knowledge & science, field sports, home interests and photography & design. At Future, we’re constantly innovating and we are passionate about what we do!
Behind our titles is a team of world-class editorial, creative and tech talent working together to connect, inspire and entertain our global audience. Sitting alongside are a team of business specialists, commercial and enabling functions who support every aspect of Future’s operations.
With superbrands such as PC Gamer, TechRadar, GamesRadar+, MusicRadar & TeamRock, Future’s digital properties complement its print portfolio, reaching millions of unique visitors globally each month. We have successful and growing revenue streams in international licensing, contract publishing, eCommerce and a rich portfolio of events.
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