TOHK Editor-in-Chief

Location: Hong Kong
Internal: Content


Role Overview

The Editor in Chief is required to manage and oversee editorial and commercial content produced on Time Out Hong Kong’s print, digital, social platforms across English and Chinese languages. This includes reviewing all content produced, such as articles, videos and photographs, working closely with the General Manager and Managing Director to develop content strategies and representing the Time Out brand at social/industry events throughout the year.

Time Out Hong Kong is looking for an exceptional candidate with strong business acumen, excellent writing and proofreading skills, networking and interpersonal skills, and the ability to guide a team towards business goals.


Key Responsibilities

Editing Content
• Reviews content, articles, videos, photographs for accuracy and appropriateness, providing suggestions where necessary to improve them.

Setting Editorial Guidelines
• Oversees and manages the editorial guidelines and tone of voice according to brand guidelines, ensuring that all content produced falls in line with this style.

Managing the Departmental Budget
• The Editor in Chief manages the editorially related costs of Time Out Hong Kong, from full time salaries to freelancers. This includes finding new and innovative ways to utilize budgets to gain a wider readership and drawing up budget proposals with the General Manager. The Editor in Chief will be required to maintain and share a financial tracker of editorial costs spent versus budgeted costs.
• Building and maintaining a roster of grade A freelancers for own brand editorial work as well as for commercial projects.

Representing Time Out
• Acts as the brand ambassador and public voice at social and industry events and should proactively pitch for public speaking opportunities at conferences and seminars to further increase brand and authoritative credibility within the media, entertainment and lifestyle segments.
• Be the face of the content team at inter-company meetings and video conferences.

Team management
• Responsible for recruiting, training, mentoring and managing staff on the editorial team. The editor in chief works closely with these team members to develop editorial plans for upcoming print issues and on a daily basis digitally.
• Monitor the workload of the editors to ensure an equitable distribution of content across key and high performing sections.
• Ensure that editors understand the need to balance fast turnaround with thorough and accurate reviews/features/news blogs/listicles and will work with editors to achieve those objectives.
• Work with General Manager and Creative Director to identify and implement efficiencies in hitting deadlines and reducing the time taken to close print products.

Competitive advantage
• Responsible for keeping up to date and monitoring competitors to ensure that Time Out Hong Kong has a competitive advantage, working with the editorial team to initiate new features, ideas, content series, trending topics/interviews are conducted and executed in a timely fashion.

Audience retention and acquisition
• Working with the editorial team, devise a plan to increase Time Out’s reader base across all platforms through deep analysis of data reporting available, and market trends, whilst supporting the General Manager and Managing Director to improve and maximise magazine distribution reach and engagement.
• Grow audience across social channels.
• Develop new content types including video to keep Time Out Hong Kong ahead of the curve.

Commercial content
• Consult the commercial team on creative ideas to support client pitches, oversee projected timeline/schedules including deliverables and deadlines.
• Work with the General Manager to review commercial workflow and processes to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness on a regular basis along with English and Chinese Editors.

Time Out events
• Work with events lead to ensure Time Out events are on brand and in Time Out’s tone of voice.
• Required to host Time Out events where relevant as the editorial brand ambassador of Time Out Hong Kong.


Skills and Experience

  • A passion for and excellent knowledge of Hong Kong’s exciting lifestyle and cultural scene
  • At least 6+ years of professional consumer content experience, with a strong reporting and team management background, especially in a decision-making capacity
  • Excellent grasp and understanding of SEO, web analytics and social media best practices
  • Experience in managing a team of editors
  • Enthusiastic
  • Energetic and committed 
  • Excels in interpersonal communications 
  • Effective and positive communicator 
  • Ability to create and communicate vision 
  • Strong time-management skills 
  • Strong leader, good sense of teamwork 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse viewpoints and approaches 
  • Effectively delegates responsibility 
  • Respects confidential information 
  • Cooperative and open-minded 
  • Effectively resolves misunderstandings 
  • Promptly and effectively follows through 
  • Explores and embraces innovative technologies 
  • Effective team player and leader with Time Out staff, colleagues and commercial partners
  • Must be educated to degree level or equivalent industry qualification

Interested in applying but don't tick all the boxes on the list? Please apply, we'd still love to hear from you. 

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to… 

  • Be commercially astute
  • Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced digital-first company
  • Think globally
  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
  • Be a team player


Culture Fit

At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people.  We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

Company Overview – Time Out 

Time Out – part of Time Out Group plc – is a global media and entertainment business that helps people make the most of the city.
It all started in 1968 in London when Time Out helped people explore the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Today, Time Out’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, social media, magazines, Live Events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its high-quality content – curated by professional journalists – around the best food, drink, music, theatre, art, travel and entertainment across 315 cities and in 58 countries. Time Out is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce.

Time Out Market – also part of Time Out Group plc – is bringing the best of the city together under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. The world’s first food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been reviewed with four or five stars, and not one star less, by independent Time Out journalists.

The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success; with 3.6 million visitors in 2017 it is Portugal’s most popular attraction. This unique format, which is all about making high-quality fine food affordable and accessible for all, is now coming to other great cities around the world. The Group has seven new sites in the pipeline: New Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal in 2019 and in Prague and London-Waterloo in 2021 – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.

In June 2016, Time Out Group was listed on London's AIM stock exchange, raising investment to position the company for the next stage of its growth and development. It’s an exciting time as we’re transforming this iconic brand into a global media and entertainment brand and continue to shape the future of the city experience for both locals and visitors.

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.