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The Bookseller, Production Manager

The Stage Media Company Ltd
Primarily office based (at least 3 days a week)
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Full Time
Trade Publication, B2B, Entertainment
Production, Manager

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Production manager

Are you an experienced, talented and multi-skilled production editor or senior sub-editor with extensive experience of working on established publications?

The Stage Media Company Ltd is a long-established media business based in London Bridge, serving the performing arts and book publishing industries through two distinct brands: The Bookseller and The Stage. Our vision is to be the most authoritative and essential guide for helping people get in touch, get involved and get ahead in these key arts sectors.

The Bookseller, the leading trade magazine and website for the publishing industry in the UK, has an excellent full-time opportunity for an experienced, talented and multi-skilled production sub-editor who is highly proficient working across print and web and confident supervising a busy, fast-moving production desk.

Reporting to the head of production, we require an eagle-eyed, meticulous and SEO-savvy sub with strong InDesign and Photoshop skills, and experience of web publishing platforms, to supervise The Bookseller’s team of sub-editors, as part of a wider production department also responsible for The Stage, the weekly title for the UK theatre industry.

Applicants must have excellent layout skills, solid experience of using web publishing platforms (eg, WordPress), a forensic eye for detail and previous experience of working as a production editor or senior sub-editor. 

A journalism qualification, including media law, is essential, as is an interest in, and knowledge of, the UK books industry. This role would suit an accomplished sub-editor with extensive experience of working on established publications (trade/consumer/nationals) who enjoys web publishing as much as print layout work and supervising a busy team in a fast-paced environment.

Main purpose of the role:

  • To plan and oversee the weekly production schedule for The Bookseller, allocating work as required and ensuring that deadlines are met.
  • To lead, motivate and support sub-editors working on The Bookseller on a day-to-day basis.
  • To sub and publish content across The Bookseller's web and print publications, ensuring that quality meets the highest levels of accuracy and house style.
  • To edit and publish web stories, features and columns, as well as lay out magazine pages using InDesign, with both flair and attention to detail.
  • To oversee and uphold the quality and efficiency of the production process across The Bookseller's web and print publications.
  • To support the head of production with the recruitment, training and development of sub-editors to ensure quality across all platforms: including (but not limited to) online, digital, e-newsletters and print.
  • To support the head of production in the planning of The Bookseller’s future publications as required.
  • To identify and encourage opportunities for team members to work on The Stage’s web and print publications where feasible, informing the head of production of potential capacity.

Key responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Line management of sub-editors working predominantly on The Bookseller, with support from the head of production as required
  • Contribute to editorial production, following quality, house style and speed of delivery requirements
  • Sub and post copy to the website using The Bookseller's web publishing platform
  • Sub and lay out pages for weekly magazine using Adobe InDesign
  • Create/develop page templates as required
  • Locate/source pics when necessary
  • Create and publish eye-catching social media posts
  • Uphold accepted style, standards and legal requirements
  • Proof copy and ensure quality/layout of colleagues’ pages
  • Ensure smooth delivery of weekly magazine print deadline and daily online deadlines
  • Assist the head of production to train freelancers and other staff
  • Assist the head of production with updating and upholding the house style guide as required
  • Keep the head of production informed of any current or anticipated hardware, HR or resources requirements

Skills required for the role:

  • First-class copy-subbing, proofreading and layout skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
  • Experience of managing production schedules and flatplanning
  • Extensive experience of web publishing platforms, eg Wordpress
  • Excellent written, verbal and organisational skills
  • Experience of people management or being accountable for team members
  • Social-media savvy, able to craft eye-catching posts and tweets
  • Proven experience of meeting production deadlines
  • Strong working knowledge of SEO
  • Journalism qualification including media law
  • Proven experience as a senior sub-editor
  • Strong Illustrator skills (desirable)

Attributes required for the role:

  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail
  • Organised, cooperative and able to contribute positively to a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team
  • Willingness to participate in continual learning
  • Intuitive to business needs

This list is non-exhaustive and may be amended from time to time depending on the requirements of the role. 

Home working is supported, but the role will primarily be based in the office (at least 3 days a week)

The deadline for applications is July 12, 2024.

The Stage Media Company welcomes people from a range of backgrounds, and with different perspectives. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities.

Please let us know if you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the application and/or recruitment process.

Our titles and central teams: The Bookseller
Role: Production
Locations: London office
Yearly salary: £40,000
Employment type: Full-time
Remote status: Hybrid (mix of office and home working)
Employment status: Permanent full time


We offer a variety of benefits

  • 25 days of holiday

Together with UK bank holidays

  • Contributory pension scheme

We match your 4% contribution each month

  • Employee Assistance Programme from Health Assured

A helpline and resources available to support 24/7 

  • Access to our discounts portal offering a wide variety of ways to save

Rewards Gateway offers various ways to save on everyday and big deal purchases. Also includes workouts and recipes.

  • Life insurance cover

This is at 2.5 x your annual salary

  • Season ticket loan

An interest free loan to assist with regular travel

  • Hybrid working options

We mix working in the office with working from home

  • Access to our well being portals through Health Assured

For short wellness courses to videos and articles

  • Fruit in the office each week

To balance out the biscuits

  • Central location in the heart of Bermondsey Street

Easy access from the station to various bars, restaurants, shops and walks

  • and a few other top secret perks


The Stage Media Company, based in London Bridge, is dedicated to providing up-to-date news and services for the UK’s theatre, performing arts and book publishing industry with two key titles: The Bookseller and The Stage.

The Bookseller is the leading trade magazine for the publishing industry in the UK. Founded in 1858, we are fiercely independent. As well as the weekly print magazine, The Bookseller is available online via subscription, and runs The British Book Awards, The YA Book Prize, the Marketing & Publicity, Children’s and FutureBook conferences. It is now owned by The Stage Media Company.

Established in 1880, The Stage is the weekly newspaper and website providing news, opinion and features about the UK theatre and performing arts industry. The Stage runs leading annual events, including The Stage Awards, the highest-profile awards celebrating excellence in British theatre across the whole of the UK, and The Stage Debut Awards, the only awards dedicated to recognising breakthrough theatre talent.

Company info

47 Bermondsey Street
United Kingdom

Company info
47 Bermondsey Street

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