At Hearst UK, there’s always more to the story. Join us as our deputy chief sub-editor (maternity cover) to start the next chapter in your career. 

We are the UK’s leading premium publisher, and the people behind iconic media brands such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Country Living. We hve created a working environment that encourages everyone to pull together. We never stop looking for brave new ideas. We will always try to develop and improve, we trust each other to do our best, and we have fun as we build on our heritage to make history.


Having responsibility for House Beautiful and working across Country Living, the chief sub-editor edits copy to a high standard and makes sure all articles are presented in a style and tone fitting with the relevant brand. Assist the group chief sub-editor in taking responsibility for meeting deadlines. 

  • To ensure copy goes through the production system as efficiently as possible to meet deadlines 
  • To be responsible for the flatplan and update it regularly 
  • Complete proofs to press-ready standard
  • Be aware of the different tones/styles of each magazine within the Homes Group and ensure this is maintained
  • Assist the group chief sub-editor in taking responsibility for meeting deadlines
  • Update the flatplan and communicate changes to the team
  • Take responsibility for final preparation of pages, signing off finals and sending to press
  • Prepare copy for layout, writing captions, headlines and introductions as appropriate, copy fit on layouts, take in corrections and proofread pages
  • Build up and maintain a good relationship with the art department to discuss layouts, keeping a constant vigilance regarding design and type specifications
  • Build up and maintain a good relationship with editorial departments and liaise with them in all matters concerning copy
  • Liaise closely with the picture team, ensuring accuracy of caption information, names of photographers and picture agencies
  • Lead weekly production meetings
  • Be responsible for adding/checking folios, page furniture and by lines
  • Liaise with legal department to ensure all pages are safe legally when necessary
  • To work with industry-standard toolsets to complete your work, as well as work within the prescribed processes of the structured workflow systems used to create editorial content
  • Deputise for the group chief sub-editor. This includes:distributing work for the subs and art hub desks, as appropriate
  • monitoring flow of copy, pictures and images, ensuring quality of output and ensuring production deadlines are met
  • Fact-check copy according to agreed guidelines
  • To contribute in whatever way to the digital offering 
  • To be an ambassador of Hearst UK and its values
  • You may be required to undertake such further duties as your skills, qualifications and experience allow and/or as may be assigned to you from time to time


  • Demonstrable sub-editing experience
  • Prior experience working on a national magazine / newspaper with some knowledge/interest of the homes market
  • Knowledge of the print production process
  • Good communication skills and diplomacy
  • Good writing ability
  • Be accurate and organised
  • Have experience using Adobe and InDesign 
  • Able to work under pressure and be assertive
  • Have a flexible attitude to work


At Hearst UK, you can choose from a huge range of perks and benefits that can help you learn well, work well and live well including:

  • 25 days’ holiday (with the option to buy up to 5 additional holiday days)
  • Hybrid working – Three days per week in the office
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Spend a charity day with your favourite good cause
  • Life assurance and pension scheme
  • Regular socials and more!

There is more to your story than you imagine. And the next chapter begins right here. 

Hearst UK is deeply committed to using our influential brands to reflect the world we want to live in – one that respects, protects, represents and uplifts the voices and opinions of all people. As a business, we recognise the significant benefits of creativity, collaboration and innovation that comes with diverse teams. Not only is diversifying the voices in our organization the right thing to do, but it also helps us to make powerful and exciting content that can be enjoyed by many more people. This is why we’re working to build a sense of true belonging within our business and foster a culture in which everyone feels heard.

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