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The Big Issue , Production Editor

The Big Issue
Glasgow City (GB)
On Application
Closing date
25 Aug 2021

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Job Details

The Big Issue are now looking for a creative and self-motivated Production Editor, to lead the production process for The Big Issue magazine and digital. Reporting to the Editorial Director the successful candidate will also oversee any other publications or online projects produced by The Big Issue including inhouse or external commercial work. 

The Role

Day to day duties of the production Editor will include:

  • Manage and implement workflow patterns, including timings of content contributions from staff, freelancers, and external partners
  • Get the magazine to print on deadline - prepare and manage collection of pages for print
  • Focus on making complex ideas comprehensible to a mass readership, without losing the voice of the writer or a sense of style 
  • Lead and implement style-guide application across Big Issue platforms
  • Liaise with printers over the production process, confirming deadlines, flat plans and any other relevant details
  • Manage the production team
  • Responsible for the entire production process from conception to delivery

Skills & Experience

We are looking for Production Editor with the following:

  • Provable experience as a Production Editor, or a similar position
  • Experience of managing entire production cycle (including design)
  • Knowledge and experience of CMS for web and app content
  • Experience in content production systems for preparing and sending page to print
  • Knowledge of brand guardianship
  • SEO proficiency
  • A firm knowledge of media law
  • Experience of managing people
  • Strong identification with The Big Issue social goals and mission

Salary and Benefits include:

•    Salary commensurate with the third sector, which can be confirmed on request. 

•    Incremental holiday entitlement starting at 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff) plus paid leave to care for a sick child or grandchild and a sick or elderly relation

•    Incremental sick pay starting at 5 days per rolling year

•    Enhanced contribution to our workplace pension 

•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay

•    Training and development opportunities including an open learning library and management training schemes

•    Health benefits include life cover, a health Cashplan scheme which provides access to counselling and a range of therapies

Please note that we reserve the right to review and amend our staff benefits and they do not form part of any  contract of employment.

Workplace details

This role will be based at our Editorial Head Office in Glasgow 

If you have any queries, please email stating the job title.

The Big Issue Group is striving towards Equal Opportunities

We particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in our sector, such as women in senior roles, and people with disabilities and from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

Since 1991, The Big Issue has fought poverty by creating opportunities and supporting people to take control of their lives. Over time our organisation has grown and now The Big Issue Group consists of The Big Issue Company Ltd and Big Issue Invest Ltd (our social investment arm). In addition, we also have our sister charity The Big Issue Foundation.

Department: Big Issue Editorial Glasgow

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: On Application


Why work for us

Created as a business solution to a social problem, The Big Issue was founded in 1991 to fight poverty by providing a legal way to earn money. Big Issue vendors buy The Big Issue magazine for £1.50 and sell it for £3.00, earning £1.50 for each copy that they sell.

Through The Big Issue Foundation, a registered charity, we support our vendors to take back control of their lives and overcome the problems poverty creates, such as the lack of somewhere safe and secure to live.

And through our social investment arm, Big Issue Invest, we combat poverty in communities by investing in organisations that have a clear social mission, creating employment opportunities and supporting their work.

We are often looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals of varied skill sets to join us across all three organisations and also around the UK. As well as being a great place to work, you can look forward to a rewarding job helping enact social change.

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43 Bath Street
G2 1HW
United Kingdom
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