Practical Publishing International Ltd, the UK’s leading specialist craft media group, is looking for an editor for their Love Sewing Magazine.

Are you passionate about sewing and have more ideas than you know what to do with? Are you incredibly organised and excellent at project managing, with superb attention to detail and writing skills?

Do you want to work for a company with fantastic opportunities that will see your ideas brought to life and sold globally on-line and in supermarkets nationwide?

If so, then look no further as this is the job for you!

About the company

The business is a market leading international media group specialising in hobbyist markets serving publications, e-commerce, websites, subscription kits and products to its growing audience. This rapidly growing and innovative business is poised for further growth and as a result is seeking a dynamic person who is obsessed with sewing and bursting with new ideas and enthusiasm and who thrives off working in a busy, deadline driven environment. 

About the job

The successful candidate will take on a key editorial role on Practical Publishing’s Love Sewing title, helping to ensure they are published on time, on budget and to the highest standards. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the magazine meets or exceeds budget copy sales.

Role & responsibilities

  • Planning and commissioning magazines to a blueprint, ensuring we are offering readers the most exciting and engaging content, featuring the very best sewing brands and designers.
  • Managing the copy flow of projects and features, ensuring they are laid out clearly and correctly and that they are free from errors.
  • Developing contacts within the market, representing the magazine to the industry at trade and consumer events and attending at least one external visit per month.
  • Liaising with the publisher and marketing team to develop and execute the long-term publishing strategy for the title.
  • Liaising with relevant staff in other departments or roles within the company (eg art, production, advertising, marketing) to support the production and commercial performance of the title.
  • Working with the in-house video production team to record video content and promoting the magazine on social media.
  • Identifying trends within the market and reacting to market conditions in a timely and appropriate way.
  • Manage/attend photo shoots.
  • Select appropriate patterns as covermounts for the magazine.

With that in mind the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 2 x years of editorial experience is desirable.
  • You must have hands-on experience of sewing.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to meet, the needs of the reader.
  • Ideas, creativity and originality.
  • Experience of managing complex projects with a set deadline.
  • Leadership (decision-making, problem solving).
  • Writing skills, and ability to spot good writing and design.
  • Proactive in internal relationship-building.
  • Proactive in external relationship-building and ability to act as magazine’s spokesperson.
  • Numeracy and computer literacy – using Microsoft Office.
  • Awareness of relevant intellectual property law – in particular, passing-off, trade mark infringement and copyright infringement would be an advantage.
  • Awareness of other law relevant to publishing – in particular, libel.

Experience of working in the magazine industry would be an advantage but not essential if strong project-management skills can be demonstrated. This job is suited to somebody who has experience of working in a fast-paced working environment, who is extremely organised with attention to detail and has strong written skills and of course has a passion for all things sewing!

Terms and conditions

Permanent and full time based at the Stockport office.

Monday - Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm AND Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Salary: £Attractive & Competitive DOE


20 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays, plus Christmas closure, free car park (Rota basis), cycle to work scheme, free refreshments, modern offices, company social events, and flexible work patterns and auto enrolment company pension.

To apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to ensuring that you detail how you meet the essential criteria outlined above. Please use reference SEW2 

For a full job description and person specification please visit the company website via the following link:

Closing date is 12 December 2019

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