Editor, Singapore

Location: Singapore
Department: Content
Reporting to: Managing Director, Asia

If you think you have the experience and skills for this role, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Role Overview

The Editor is required to manage and oversee editorial and commercial content produced on Time Out
Singapore’s digital, social platform and print platforms. This includes reviewing all content produced,
such as articles, videos and photographs, working closely with the Managing Director and the
Regional Commercial Director to develop content strategies and to represent the Time Out brand at
social/industry events throughout the year. The Editor may also be required to assist with the content
strategy and commissioning of freelancers for Time Out Kuala Lumpur, Penang and future sites in

Time Out Singapore is looking for an exceptional candidate with strong business acumen, excellent
writing and proofreading skills, networking and interpersonal skills, and the ability to guide and
manage the existing content team towards achieving their business goals.

Key responsibilities

Editing content

  • Working with local and global leadership, creates and implements a local content plan that
    rapidly develops the brand, audience and content in Singapore.
  • Reviews content, articles, videos, photographs for accuracy and appropriateness, providing
    suggestions where necessary to improve them.

Setting editorial standards

  • Ensures all local content meets the global editorial guidelines.
  • Ensures local content is accurate, legal, on-brand, and excellent.

Managing the departmental budget

  • Manages the editorial costs of Time Out Singapore, 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 and new initiatives alongside the Managing Director. The Editor
    will be required to maintain and share a financial tracker of editorial costs spent versus
    budgeted costs.

Team management

  • Responsible for recruiting, training, mentoring and managing staff on the editorial team. The
    Editor works closely with these team members to develop editorial plans for all platforms, be
    it daily for digital, quarterly for print specials, as well as when needed for video and social.
  • Builds and maintains a roster of grade A freelancers for own brand editorial work as well as
    for commercial projects.
  • Monitors the workload of the content team to ensure an equitable distribution of content
    across key and high performing sections.
  • Ensures that the team understands the need to balance fast turnaround with thorough and
    accurate reviews/features/news blogs/listicles and will work with staff to achieve those
  • Works with the Managing Director, Regional Commercial Director and Creative Director to
    identify and implement efficiencies in hitting deadlines and reducing the time taken to close
    print products, be they own brand or custom publishing projects.

Competitive advantage

  • Regularly benchmarks against competitors to ensure that Time Out Singapore 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 global EiC and audience development team, implement plan to increase
    Time Out’s reader base across all platforms
  • Use analytics and data for social platforms and digital publishing to review audience
    development locally; make data-driven decisions
  • Regularly review and analyse market trends
  • Support the Managing Director and Regional Commercial Director to improve and maximise
    print distribution reach and engagement, where necessary
  • Grow audience and engagement via content distributed effectively through SEO and social
    channels and email
  • Develop new content types including video to keep Time Out Singapore ahead of the curve.

Commercial content

  • Ideate with and for the commercial team to support branded content pitches
  • Oversee projected timeline/schedules including deliverables and deadlines.
  • Work with the Managing Director to review commercial workflow and processes to ensure
    maximum efficiency and effectiveness on a regular basis.

Representing Time Out

  • Act 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
  • Be the face of the content team at inter-company meetings and video conferences.
  • Work with events leads to ensure Time Out events are on brand and in Time Out’s tone of
  • Host Time Out events where relevant as the editorial brand ambassador of Time Out

The ideal candidate

  • A passion for and excellent knowledge of Singapore’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
  • Must be Singaporean, SPR or hold a valid Employment Pass.
  • Excellent grasp and understanding of SEO, web analytics and social media best practices
  • Experience in managing a team of editors and managing upwards and sideways
  • 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 informationCooperative 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

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

About Our Culture

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, gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; 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, social justice, and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

As our cities have reopened, we have embraced a hybrid way of working that gives us the opportunity to work remotely, as well as from the office; offering the flexibility that brings many benefits to our lives, as well as still providing a space where we can connect and collaborate as part of our Time Out community.

About Time Out Group plc

Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that inspires connection and joy by capturing the soul of the world’s greatest cities through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, Time Out’s professional journalists curate the best things to do, see and eat in 333 cities in 59 countries.

Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing a city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof. From cooking classes with top chefs to installations from local artists and live entertainment, Time Out Market captures the soul of the city.

The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon, quickly turning into the most popular destination in the city with 4.1m locals and tourists visiting in 2019. The success of Lisbon brought further expansion in North America, with Time Out Market opening in five major cities in 2019: Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal. In 2021, Time Out Market expanded into the Middle East with Time Out Market Dubai, and more Time Out Market locations are in the pipeline including Porto, London, Prague and more.

Time Out Group was named International Brand of the Year 2021 in the Campaign Publishing Awards – awarding bravery, editorial innovation and forward thinking. While Time Out Market won the Most Innovative Food & Beverage Concept Award at the Global RLI (Retail & Leisure International) Awards 2021.

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