Editor, London

Division: Time Out Digital
Location: London
Reporting to: Global Editor in Chief
Internal: Content


Role Overview
Time Out is seeking an ambitious and brilliant city editor to lead its largest local city team. You will be an outstanding journalist and active Londoner, with an impressive digital and print track record, at least 5 years’ experience in media, and a love of going out and the city. You will have proven your ability as a first-class editor and writer, with a great eye for photography, design and video, and extremely high standards. Strong knowledge of a number Time Out’s key verticals (Events, Food and Drink, Arts and Culture, Film and Music) of the the city and culture of London is essential. You will have commercial acumen and excellent contacts. You will be able to create brilliant and innovative features and franchises which resonate with Londoners and execute them across all platforms. You will be highly focused on digital quality and innovation, excited about contributing to a growing international, global brand. In particular you will be motivated and able to develop this much-loved and award-winning local editorial brand on multiple digital touchpoints, demonstrating a strong understanding of its audience, voice and mission and the ability to focus your own and others’ creative talent on taking that forward.

Key Responsibilities

  • Top edit content across all local platforms 
  • Be responsible for the quality, innovation, volume, value and reach of local content, setting local standards and developing the brand within the global framework.
  • Manage a team of local expert editors
  • Manage local budget
  • Work with global Editor in Chief and local creative, commercial and production team to produce Time Out’s London magazine.
  • Maintain excellent and efficient processes on all platforms.
  • Collaborate enthusiastically with local sales teams to proactively develop Time Out’s commercial and editorial success.
  • Create content that meets individual and team goals (e.g. engagement, traffic, conversion, time on page, etc.).
  • Build and manage a team of freelancers to help in the content creation process and edit this content for print and digital use.
  • Ensure content is delivered on time, to brief, within budget and to the standards laid out by Time Out style guides.
  • Be responsible for overall journalistic integrity, including ensuring that all relevant copyrights have been cleared and that content meets legal guidelines.
  • Make recommendations for enhancements to Time Out products where relevant to content and test and approve new products and CMS enhancements.
  • Be an authority on the Time Out brand and competitors.
  • Work with video team to create successful video content relevant to your area of expertise.
  • When required, serve as a spokesperson/quotable expert.
  • Embrace Time Out’s digital-first, mobile-first philosophy. 
  • Act as an effective brand ambassador for Time Out Group, and our forthcoming local Time Out Market, on social and digital platforms and in the industry and media


Skills and Experience

  • Degree level education.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Direct experience of analytics, web production, print production, existing and emerging social and distribution platforms.
  • Strong track record as an editor and writer.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in media with a background in digital production. 

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.

About Time Out Group plc

Time Out Group is a global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city.

It all started in 1968 in London when Time Out helped people discover 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.

Time Out Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better.

Time Out Media’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, social media, magazines and Live Events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by professional journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 315 cities and 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. Since its launch over 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.  The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success; with 3.9 million visitors in 2018 it is now 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. New Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal in 2019; in Dubai in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022 – 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.

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