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Wanted: a new production editor for The Spectator

20 January 2017

11:07 AM

20 January 2017

11:07 AM

One of the most important jobs in The Spectator is opening up, and we’re looking for a pretty exceptional person to fill it. Peter Robins, our brilliant production editor (read about him here) is off to the New York Times. We’re looking for someone with skill, patience and a love of writing to take his place.

When Graham Greene was working at The Spectator, he said the magazine can be described rather simply: it’s the best-written weekly in the English language. As such, we’re one of the few titles to have increased what we invest in sub-editing over the years. The calibre of The Spectator can be seen in the attention we pay to small details. 


The production editor (a full-timer who manages two part-time sub-editors) oversees this, and more. You will ensure the magazine goes off to press each week on time and error-free, with all its writers’ wit and style preserved and with compelling headlines and sells for both print and digital. And you’ll help The Spectator‘s supplements maintain similarly high standards. 

In addition to first-class subbing, headline-writing and proofreading skills, the successful candidate needs to be able to set and meet priorities calmly in the face of multiple tight deadlines, and to help others do the same. You will be working directly with the editor and commissioning editors, and managing a team of two part-time subs. An eye for design would be helpful, as would the ability to work quickly in Indesign and some familiarity with Photoshop.

It’s a great time to join the world’s greatest magazine: our sales are at a record high, and rising quickly. We want to reinforce our success. Anyone interested please email editorialjobs@spectator.co.uk with some thoughts on what you could bring to this role. Please also include your current salary and, if applicable, your notice period. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 February, and if you haven’t heard from us by Wednesday 15 February 2017 please assume that on this occasion you haven’t been selected for an interview.


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