Food & Drink Editor

Food & Drink Editor, Time Out New York

Reports To: Head of Content, North America

Location: New York, US

Internal: Content, Time Out Digital


Role overview

We are seeking an excellent food editor, writer, curator and manager—a food journalist and restaurant critic who has strong experience in both a print and digital media environment. We are seeking a leader in the vertical who is bursting with ideas on audience development and who has a strong list of contacts in the eating and drinking sectors.

The focus of the job will be primarily on what’s exciting and new in the New York food and drink scene, as well as producing service-focused digital listicles and larger food-related cover packages, and several larger print features. The Food & Drink Editor serves as the publication’s chief restaurant and bar critic, who will guide New Yorkers on where (or where not) to eat, drink and have an amazing night out in NYC. The Food & Drink Editor will also serve as the editorial liaison to the Time Out Market New York opening early 2019 in Dumbo.

Key responsibilities

  • Plan, write, commission, edit and proof all food-and-drink content (reviews, features, listings, interviews, etc.) across digital and print platforms.

  • Oversee the layout and production of print pages alongside the Art Director, ensuring daily and weekly deadlines are met.

  • Have your finger ever on the pulse of New York’s robust food and drink scene; use your professional contacts and social media networks to be the first to identify the next big thing.

  • Manage the Assistant Food & Drink Editor, as well as a reliable stable of talented freelancers who can contribute food and drink content for Time Out.

  • Conceptualize annual food-cover franchises, including but not limited to 100 Best Dishes, Eat List, Drink List, Battle of the Burger and Bar Awards.

  • Work with video team to create successful food-and-drink video content.

  • Contribute food-and-drink content to Time Out USA’s national coverage

  • Collaborate with events team on items including Battle of the Burger, Bar Awards, etc.

  • Represent the brand at industry events and in media appearances

  • Oversee expenses, freelancer contracts, and invoices for food section

  • Manage food and drink inclusion across social media

  • Help curate and provide editorial for our Market initiative in New York


Personal attributes and essential skills

  • A passion for and excellent knowledge of the food-and-drink industry, in New York proper and beyond.

  • Minimum five years professional consumer content experience in the food and/or lifestyle sector, with a strong reporting and packaging background.

  • Excellent grasp and understanding of SEO best practices.

  • Highest standard of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize accordingly.

  • The ability to write copy in line with highest editorial standards.

  • The ability to work quickly to meet tight deadlines under pressure.

  • A strong industry reputation.

  • Flexibility and a professional approach at all times.

  • The ability to self-supervise in order to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work in and contribute to a fun and dynamic team-based environment.

  • 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 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 Digital

Time Out Group comprises two business divisions. Time Out Market and Time Out Digital. Time Out Digital is the Group’s multi-platform media, entertainment and e-commerce business with a global content distribution network comprising online, mobile, apps, social channels, magazines, guides, Live Events and international licensing agreements. Time Out seeks to grow earnings from B2C and B2B relationships through e-commerce and offers as well as through advertising from businesses, including both global brands and local businesses. The Group manages its own operations across 76 cities and 20 countries and extends that reach through franchise partners in a further 32 cities across the world.

About Time Out Group plc

Time Out is, and always has been, your best friend in the city. It all began in London in 1968 when Time Out helped people explore the exciting new urban cultures that started up all over the capital and we have consistently maintained our status as the ‘go to’ source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike. Today, we are bringing our hunger for discovery and our honest voice to 108 cities in 39 countries all over the world, reaching a global monthly audience of 242 million. We are proud to say that we are now the leading global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to make the most of the city. If you want to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping, nightlife and travel, then Time Out is your social companion.

Everything we do helps people discover, book and share what the world’s cities have to offer. From our powerful content and top-quality curation to the products and selected offers that can be booked directly with us, the solutions for partners to connect with our audience, or the imagination of our Live Events – we are global and no one knows the city like us. Our global reach includes a massive online presence, mobile applications, city magazines, guides and more. Now Time Out Market is taking that to the next level, bringing the best of a city together under one roof in Lisbon, and in other cities around the world soon.

Time Out Group comprises two business divisions; Time Out Digital and Time Out Market. In 2016, the 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 is an exciting time as we are evolving this iconic brand into a digital, transactional business 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. We are all driven by our passion to deliver the very best of the city experience and by our belief in the power of discovery. Our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness make us successful and a unique team.