Managing Editor

Core requirements:

  • Strong editorial skills
  • At least three years’ experience in the publishing industry is a necessity
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Highly organised, personable and proficient liaison
  • Excellent editorial, organisational and communication skills

Core responsibilities:

  • Client relationship
  • Commissioning freelancers
  • Editing and sub-editing content
  • Production management
  • Budget control and administration

Editorial excellence:

  • Contribution towards content development
  • Ensuring the copy is timely, relevant and of a high standard
  • Implementation of client changes
  • Ensuring each page meets client and reader objectives and needs in both copy and elements

Ensuring the copy is of an excellent standard:

  • No errors to client or print
  • All copy fact-checked and grammatically correct
  • All copy aligned to style and tone of magazine
  • Queries picked up and attended to
  • All copy consistent, with no repetitions or contradictions
  • Custodian of magazine style guide and responsible for keeping it up to date and comprehensive

Implementation of client changes:

  • Implement client changes that best serve the magazine and also meet the client objective

Ensure each page is consistent and contains all elements:

  • Checking consistency and accuracy of slugs, straps, folios, credits, page numbers, competition elements
  • Writing of captions, headlines and intros when needed

Contribution toward content development:

  • Fresh ideas at booklist meetings
  • Develop relationships with content suppliers, i.e. book suppliers, PR companies, online sources
  • Commission features when required
  • Write quality copy when required
  • Keep abreast of current trends in the market.


  • Support the team to produce high-quality work to brief and to standard required, on time and within budget
  • Understand client objectives
  • Provide creative solutions to clients and challenges and requested changes
  • Adhere to the stipulated working hours

Client relationship:

  • Handle client communications with professionalism, efficiency and friendliness
  • Manage production schedule and adhere to strict deadlines
  • Develop an understanding of the client’s needs and views through changes requested

Production management:

  • Efficient and focused use of time
  • Stick to deadlines and flag concerns
  • Develop supplier relationships
  • Liaise with printers

Budget control and administration:

  • Efficient use/understanding of editorial budget available
  • Capture appropriate spend/budget recons timeously, as required
  • Identify and flag any budget concerns
  • Assist with ad-hoc administration

When applying for this position – forward your application to Nicole Cogill hr@tppsa.co.za and use the reference ME001 in the subject line.

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