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SWNS, Senior Designer

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29 Nov 2021
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Job Details

Employer: SWNS
Title: Senior Designer
Employment type: Full time
Location: Bristol

A rare opportunity has arisen to join the magazine department at SWNS - Britain’s most dynamic news content provider.

Alongside our core news agency operation at SWNS, we create several real life titles in their entirety on behalf of major publishers. These include Pick Me Up! and Chat monthly.

We are looking for a creative and experienced Senior Designer to join our talented team.

Candidates must be genuinely passionate about magazines and be driven to create innovative editorial pages that are engaging and on brand.

The role:

As Senior Designer, you would be responsible for creating engaging layouts and covers, managing a team of designers, keeping the department to deadline and overseeing the production process of our titles.

You will be skilled in transforming editorial content into layouts using InDesign and have the confidence to ensure that every page meets the requirements for print.

The role requires the ability to thrive under the daily challenge of adapting to different titles in our portfolio while understanding the importance of every single visual decision.

You would be working to tight deadlines and be involved in the continued production of the pages until the layouts are ready for print so you must be organised and obsessed with perfection.

It is also essential that you can balance creativity with the practical responsibilities of making sure each layout is on brand and meets print requirements.

You will also have experience in managing and guiding other designers.

Who we are:

SWNS is the UK’s biggest independent news content provider, with 100 staff in offices across the country and a satellite in the US. We distribute more than 1,000 original media assets every day, making us one of the single biggest sources of news content for publishers across the world. Our content spans everything from breaking news and human interest to health, science and virals.

We believe in real journalism; reporters, photographers and videographers who gather content on the ground and turn them into media packages which leap off the page or screen. We also work with hundreds of contributors and major publishers to licence and monetise their content.  

Alongside our core news agency operation, SWNS supplies a wide range of editorial and bespoke commission services ranging from assignments for brands to full outsource production services for publishers.

Our passion, drive and innovative business model has seen us grow exponentially over the last decade and this role reflects our continued investment in journalism.

All applicants must have:

  • A skilled knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
  • Senior level experience in magazine or editorial design
  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification in design
  • A strong portfolio of designs that demonstrate excellent layout skills, creativity and attention to detail
  • The ability to lead a design team while constantly delivering exciting new ideas
  • The drive to be a friendly, enthusiastic team player

Please reply with CV and covering letter.




SWNS is the largest regional news and picture service in the UK, with offices and over 100 editorial staff across the country.

On a daily basis SWNS produces a newswire service comprising over 100 original pieces of copy and 1000 photographs and videos. This newswire provides one of the single largest sources of content for the major news publishers in the UK and beyond.

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